About the course
Our school direct route is a practical, hands on route into teaching and we are praised for the support we give to our trainees. By the end of the course trainees are assessed to achieve QTS (qualified teacher status) and PGCE (post graduate certificate in education). Subject specialists deliver high quality and bespoke training sessions to support trainees in the classroom and in meeting the teacher standards. Trainees undertake 2 contrasting school placements in different schools and two different key stages (minimum 120 days) along with the entitlement to experiences in Early Years, KS2, a special school or behavioral unit and KS3.
Training takes place mainly at The Rivers Teaching Alliance in Worcester and occasionally at other locations suited to the professional study sessions.
All trainees have successfully passed the course achieving a grade of good or outstanding in the past two years. Rivers teaching Alliance was a finalist in the Worcestershire Teaching Awards for providing high quality post 18 provision.
QTS is awarded through Haybridge SCITT (our provider) and we work closely with Birmingham City University and have a link tutor who delivers the PGCE sessions in house.
To qualify to apply, applicants need a degree 2.2 or above and GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in English, Maths and Science. You also need to have passed the QTS skills test in English and Maths or at least have them booked and completed within 3 months of being offered a place.
When selected for interview you will be asked to prepare an activity for a group / class of pupils. You will also be given a short Maths / English task to complete and be required to give a 10 minute presentation and offered a formal interview. You will also need to bring a range of required paperwork along with you including copies of any qualification certificates.
How school placements work
We aim to place trainees no more than 30 minutes travelling distance from home and schools and mentors are carefully selected to match the trainee requirements.
We work with over 70 schools across Worcestershire and wider and trainees have the opportunity to visit a wide and diverse range of settings.
Trainees spend 120 minimum days in school and there are around 35 professional study sessions. You will teach and qualify for the 5 - 11 age range but will experience EYFS and KS3 short placements also.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Degree 2;2 or above
GCSE Grade c or equivalent in English, Maths and Science
QTS Skills tests in English and Maths
Some school experience preferable
About the training provider
We have been recognised as being a provider who really cares and supports it's trainees. We ensure that we constantly evaluate our provision in order to meet the needs of each individual cohort. Our employment success rates and final trainee outcomes are excellent. Being a MAT and a teaching school we have a fantastic range of professionals who are working in schools and available to give advice and support. You will also have the chance to visit a diverse range of settings across Worcestershire. Visit our website riversteachingalliance.co.uk or our Rivers Teaching Alliance Facebook / Twitter page for more information @Riverstsa
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our facilities are disable friendly and we are fully supportive of other needs that candidates may have.
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Henwick Road, Worcester, Worcestershire WR2 5NS
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