About the course
The School Direct programme allows graduates or those who have been working in a career with at least 3 years' work experience, to combine training with learning on the job. Quality is of the utmost importance and our class mentors are excellent practitioners who are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. This training route leads to QTS (qualified teacher route) and trainees can also opt in to complete a PGCE qualification via this route.
You will be trained in a highly supportive and inspirational environment that will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for creative, purposeful and highly effective teaching and learning. The majority of the training will be delivered by our senior management teams. This will be enhanced by attendance at the UCL Institute of Education. You will be assigned directly to one of the partner schools with an opportunity to do a 6 week teaching placement in another. You will be assigned a mentor from the Senior Management Team and a teaching staff mentor. You will also be given the opportunity to observe quality first teaching across the school. Our mentors are outstanding teachers with a wide range of primary classroom experience.
You will join the School Direct Salaried programme at the UCL Institute of Education and have full access to the University's facilities. The salaried programme involves attending lectures and workshops at the IOE for 15 days during the autumn and spring terms. These sessions will engage with generic areas of teaching and learning as well as subject specific pedagogy, and will encourage you to become a reflective teacher.
You will also be assigned a university tutor who, along with the school, will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.
You will be assessed on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for QTS by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.
Candidates' applications will be processed via UCAS. After an initial screen to check you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will be read by an expert panel who will invite successful applicants to interview. The interview is likely to include:
- Planning and teaching a guided group in which you will be observed to see how you interact with children.
- A reflective discussion of your session.
- A written task, designed to assess the quality of candidates' written English and their understanding of current issues in Education.
- A maths task.
- Formal interview with members of the Selection Panel.
Candidates will be advised of the exact format of the interview in advance.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be offered a conditional place subject to:
- Satisfactory references.
- Satisfactory Fitness to Teach assessment, and a Disclosure and Barring Service record check (DBS).
- If you have lived or worked overseas, or been on holiday in a country for more than six months you will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country/countries.
Interviews to take place in the autumn and spring terms 2018/2019. (Dates to be confirmed.)
How school placements work
For 2019/20, we have created an alliance with Princess Frederica CE School.
Princess Frederica is a school with significant School Direct experience and this will be a fantastic opportunity for trainees wishing to train in North London or experience a multicultural school nurturing a Christian faith.
Please click on the links below to view each school’s website.
We are currently recruiting for salaried School Direct places across the schools.
Trainees will engage with more than one school during their training and experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching experiences. Charlotte Sharman is the lead school and will ensure the consistency of high quality training within the alliance and ensure that the criteria for School Direct are met. We will also provide a range of training opportunities using experts from across the alliance, including highly-skilled school-based practitioners.
Successful candidates for salaried School Direct places will receive a salary on the unqualified teacher scale at point one.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
UCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language, Maths and Science at grade C/5 or above. UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com
We are looking for candidates who:
- Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of children
- Are creative and imaginative
- Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice
- Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
- Have excellent interpersonal, questioning and communication skills
- Are resilient and have the determination required to cope with the demands of the course and of teaching.
You must have 3 years’ work experience in any field. In addition, 2 weeks’ classroom experience is recommended.
About the training provider
Charlotte Sharman is an exciting learning community with a supportive team. We pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive school that takes great pride in its diversity and cultural harmony. We aim to produce individuals that feel safe, happy and confident both as academic and lifelong learners.
Charlotte Sharman Primary School has a strong history of ITT and we have worked closely with the IOE, Southbank University and Greenwich University supporting students through School Direct or with PGCE placements. We fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive student teachers can offer to a school community. We believe that children deserve the best quality teachers and we are passionate about developing the next generation of outstanding teachers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our training programme is open to everybody, so if you do have a disability we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you. If you would like us to do so at the interview stage, please provide details on your application form. This will in no way affect your application.
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