About the course
Our School Direct programme is a school-led teacher training course where, as a trainee teacher, you will become embedded within your school teaching team from day one.
Our programme has been written in collaboration with The University of Derby. Trainees are supported through school mentors, The University of Derby's link tutors, as well as within their School Direct peer support network.
Our bespoke package enables students to train in our alliance member secondary school, David Nieper Academy as well as other local schools. Training days take place locally at David Nieper Academy or The University of Derby.
This Postgraduate Certificate in Education; secondary school direct programme leads to qualified teacher status, together with 60 masters credits.
The programme fully prepares students for the practical demands of teaching, with experienced outstanding teachers sharing their knowledge and expertise.
Our innovative and integrated programme is at the cutting edge of teacher training, we aim to produce outstanding reflective practitioners who can provide creative, challenging and purposeful teaching and learning.
There are no formal examinations however you will be continuously assessed throughout your course so you become the best you can be for your future students and career as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.
To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Please note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.
The UCAS form requires candidates to provide the details of two referees. If candidates have studied within the last 5 years, an academic reference must be provided. Ideally, candidates should choose someone who can comment on your character and suitability to enter the teaching profession. The other reference should be a school or employer's reference. Please be aware that if references are not appropriate, they may delay the processing of your application
Interviews will be held at David Nieper Academy.
How school placements work
You will spend the Autumn and Summer term in David Nieper Academy, your main host school, gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the role of a teacher; working closely with an experienced and skilled practitioner and mentor. To gain maximum experience, during the Spring term you will move to a complimentary placement school, with a contrast to your first placement. There will also be the opportunity to engage in Enhanced Placement weeks of your choice, again broadening your knowledge and experience.
We want all our students to gain maximum benefits from their School Direct placement schools. We will work with you to ensure you are placed in the right schools for you through our bespoke package of support.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
University tuition fees, £9,250, are payable by you and you will be able to access the standard financial package of student support available to all students in England.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You will have graduated/will graduate this year from a British University or College of Higher Education with a min 2:2 honours degree, preference is given to candidates with a 2:1 or higher. This includes overseas students with a qualification recognised as equivalent to a British honours degree in the above mentioned classifications
You need Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics & Science gained prior to application or equivalent.
Candidates should have some experience of UK schools.
You should have a broad-based educational background and be able to read effectively and communicate clearly in standard English.
We are looking for motivated students with a passion for teaching, with the ability to build caring relationships with students. You must be friendly and approachable and demonstrate a strong work ethic and resilience.
About the training provider
Alfreton Nursery School is an outstanding Derbyshire County Council School based in Alfreton, Derbyshire. The school has been consistently outstanding for the past 20 years and was accredited as a National Teaching School in September 2015 in recognition of its hard work and collective drive to constantly raise standards in school.
The alliance provides opportunities for working in both urban and rural settings, within diverse communities. Our specialisms include Early Years, KS1, Primary, a Special Needs School, Specialist Units and Secondary.
The rich opportunities available from working in staff teams within our alliance offers you, our graduates, the high quality opportunities for the foundations of your teaching career.
We offer enhanced Teacher Training for professional studies, building inclusive practitioners, skilled in Special Educational Needs, behaviour for learning and closing the achievement gap, harnessing expertise from our strategic partners.
From the first day of term you will be fully immersed in our staff teams and hit the ground running, attending staff meetings and development days.
You will spend most of your school year in one host school, gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the role of a teacher. The course also involves placements in other schools.
There are no formal examinations however there will be regular assessments with your University tutor and school mentor.
Our mentors are good and outstanding teachers who will support you throughout your learning.
We will inspire you to teach and look forward to hearing more about you.
About the accredited body
For our Primary and Secondary courses we work in partnership with The University of Derby to provide bespoke School Direct teaching programmes. Students are immersed in school practice for the duration of their course, spending days at the University to build on knowledge, experience and expertise.
Offering practical classroom experience throughout, our courses help students join a new generation of talented school teachers.
All trainee teachers are mentored by a teacher and University tutor.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a fully inclusive school and Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence (CoE), we support candidates with disabilities and other needs as long as all our entry requirements can be met.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
David Nieper Academy
Grange Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7JA
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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