About the course
Throughout your time on a Secondary Art and Design School Direct PGCE you will have time in University to learn basic teaching skills and subject knowledge. The lead school will host professional sessions to cover areas such as teaching and learning, safeguarding, lesson planning, behaviour management, pupil progress and assessment, dealing with parents, differentiation and well being. These will be delivered by senior staff from Oakwood or Specialist Leaders within our alliance. First placement starts in Sept and last around 12 weeks up until Christmas. 2nd placement begins early January and ends end the beginning of April (10 weeks). 3rd and final placement starts the end of April and ends mid June (6 weeks). You will be assessed continuously via lesson observations on a weekly basis and formal feedback will be given. You will also complete 3 assignments throughout the year. This course is unique and we welcome candidates to apply if you would like experience of both mainstream and special needs. This gives you more skills to be able to teach in either setting.
If you are successful in being shortlisted for interview you will be contacted via email by the lead school (Oakwood Academy).
The interview consists of the following tasks:
Lesson activity 15-20 mins
Interview 30 mins
written task 25/30 mins
If successful you will need to complete Eng and Maths skills test before you start your School Direct PGCE.
You will be notified on the day if you have been successful or not and feedback will be given.
How school placements work
Though out your School Direct PGCE you will have 3 main placements (each between 8 - 12 weeks in length) along with 2/3 days school based experience placement. Your school placement would be selected in consultation with the trainee looking at travel distance from home.
All our partner Secondary schools are located locally to Oakwood.
Ellesmere Park high School, Eccles.
St Patrick's R.C High School, Eccles.
Great Sankey High School, Warrington.
Green Lane Special School, Warrington.
Oakwood Academy Special School, Eccles.
You will have the opportunity to teach from Year 7 - Year 11 in both mainstream and special schools. This opportunity is adding more skills for you to take into your first teaching post.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, can apply with these pending. We offer MMU equivalency tests in English and Maths.
If degree outside UK will require academic IELTS.
IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element.
CSE Grade 1/Scottish Standard Grades 1 -3/Irish Leaving Certificate D at Higher Level or C at Ordinary Level.
2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent), which must support the National Curriculum subject knowledge requirements
For exceptional candidates we consider applications from those with a 3rd class degree.
QTS Professional Skills tests
Oakwood Teaching School Alliance are looking for well motivated candidates who have a clear passion to teach young people. We are looking for candidates who can communicate well and show confidence in a classroom environment. We are keen to recruit people who are 100% committed and have high expectations of themselves and others.
About the training provider
Oakwood Academy is an Outstanding special school for pupils aged 9 - 19 years who have a range of moderate and/or complex learning difficulties.
The school has Visual Arts, Technology and Sport Specialist status.
Our mission statement is "We are united in the belief that together we can inspire all learners to dream, persevere and achieve so that we can change lives for the better now and for future generations to come."
At Oakwood Academy we encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We became a Teaching School 3 years ago therefore and have grown our ITT allocations since this time.
The alliance has capacity to provide both primary and subject specific secondary places.
Within the primary school alliance, the following schools will have capacity to support trainees in their placements.
St Mary’s C.E Primary School
St Mary’s R.C Primary School Eccles
Kingsway Primary School, Trafford
Monton Green Primary School
Green Lane Special School
Oakwood Academy Special School
Within our secondary alliance, the following schools will be able to provide capacity for our secondary placements.
Oakwood Academy, The Canterbury Centre, Green Lane Special School, Ellesmere Park High School, St Patricks’s R.C High School and Great Sankey High School.
We have a long history of working in partnership with a wide range of schools. We have developed partnerships across authorities. We also work in close collaboration with Universities, especially MMU.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At Oakwood Teaching School alliance we welcome candidates with disabilities and other needs such as dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions.
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:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Chatsworth Road, Ellesmere Park, Eccles M30 9DY
Support and advice
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