About the course
St Andrew's Teaching School Alliance offers:
- A demanding and intensive course which will lead to a recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE 5-11) accredited by Liverpool Hope University.
- The highest quality of support and mentoring from experienced teachers and school mentors.
- Over 120 days in two contrasting schools, observing, planning and teaching.
- Opportunities to scrutinise a specialist area of practice.
- A focus on the latest research in pedagogy and teaching methods.
- A well planned programme of professional practice studies.
- An opportunity to learn how to become a reflective practitioner.
- The first steps on a path of career development.
- The opportunity to become an outstanding teacher.
You will spend the majority of your training time in school but this will be enhanced by reflective days at the university. These days scaffold and support your learning and allow you to bring back and reflect on your emerging teaching in schools. On the university days you will spend time in subject specialist groups and also in mixed RIT groups (Research Informed Teacher).
Successful candidates will be enthusiastic, passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for pupils, dynamic, motivated and analytical. They will show they relate well to primary aged children and demonstrate that they can engage them in their learning.
On application candidates should be able to demonstrate the following: a commitment to and understanding of primary education; suitable personal and presentational qualities; ability to communicate clearly in spoken and written English with a good understanding of grammar.
Our rigorous selection processes ensure we recruit high quality trainees. We invite candidates whose initial applications meet our criteria to come for an interview.
They will be asked to give a short presentation, plan and deliver a teaching activity with a group of children, complete a reflective written piece on their experience and be interviewed by a panel of educational practitioners. The interview process also involves English and mathematics audits lasting approximately 20 minutes each.
The interviewers will be assessing the following important skills and qualities for intending primary teachers:
- Interpersonal skills
- Presentation skills and ability to communicate orally in Standard English
- The ability to inspire and motivate primary pupils
- Knowledge of curriculum areas
- Enthusiasm for teaching
- Planning, preparation and organisational skills
How school placements work
School Direct trainees on our programme will complete placements in two different schools, teaching in different age phases at each one.
Additionally, trainees will also complete shorter secondary and SEND placements.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- A good degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant subject.
- GCSEs Grade C or above in English, mathematics and science. These can be pending but required before enrolment.
- A level qualifications in relevant subjects is desirable but not essential.
- A desire to teach and inspire children.
- The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education as it relates to the teaching of the primary phase.
- The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English.
- The ability to present information and communicate well verbally and in writing.
- Strong organisational skills.
Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau CRB).
You must have successfully copleted the numeracy and literacy skills tests before the start of the course.
A good reference.
Relevant experience in a primary school setting is beneficial for your application but not essential.
About the training provider
St Andrew's is a happy, safe and welcoming environment where everyone is valued. Our Christian faith is central to moral development, mutual respect and an appreciation for the cultural diversity within our community.
We are proud to be a teaching school. St Andrew's is an outstanding place to work and learn. In partnership with Liverpool Hope University, we develop personalised training with the academic and theoretical underpinning which allows trainees to become outstanding practitioners.
We offer a welcoming and supportive environment.
Led by St Andrew's CE Primary Teaching School, our Alliance comprises a mix of faith and non-faith schools of different sizes, each passionate about providing the next generation of teachers and potential future leaders.
St Andrew's has a strong history of teacher training; we have had great success in providing placements for primary trainees. All our students have graduated with good or outstanding grades.
Our teachers are exemplary practitioners, keen to share their practice and able to offer subject specialist knowledge. Pupil behaviour in the Alliance is excellent and our children are enthusiastic and willing to learn. Training to teach with us is stimulating, challenging and rewarding.
Successful trainees are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) accredited by Liverpool Hope University which includes 60 Masters level credits which can be used towards a Masters qualification.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
Applicants with disabilities and other needs should inform the teaching school of this on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.
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