About the course
We will be delivering this programme in partnership with our colleagues at Liverpool Hope University. We have vacancies for the academic year 2019-2020to train teachers in the Primary age phase (5-11).
Many people choose the School Direct route of teacher training, because they gain first-hand experience of teaching over a full academic year. During the year you will gain experience of teaching both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Initially, for placement one, you will be placed in one of our partner schools and for placement 2 you will return to Greenbank. All of our partner schools are located less than 20 minutes from Greenbank. We work collaboratively with our partner schools and conduct quality assurance observations alongside them and our colleagues at LHU throughout the year. You will also have 'enhancements' were you will gain experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage, SEND and Secondary Education.
During your year of training you will have an experienced school based mentor who will guide, support and challenge you, to enable you to become an outstanding teacher. In addition to the Initial Professional Development delivered by Liverpool Hope University, we will provide bespoke training in school to meet your professional training needs.
Successful completion of this course will lead to the award of:
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
If you are selected for interview, you will be invited to Greenbank Primary School. The process will consist of a formal interview, an observed activity with a group of children and a skills audit (English and Maths). You will also have the opportunity to tour the school, find out more about the programme and speak to our current School Direct trainees.
The arrangements for the day and additional information about the tasks will be sent to you when you receive your interview offer.
How school placements work
The course is delivered so that approximately half the training will take place in school and half at Liverpool Hope University. Your university training will give you the theory behind the many aspects of successful teaching which you will then be able to implement during your time in school.
During the course you will have two placements: firstly the 'away' placement at one of our partner schools and then you will return to Greenbank for the second 'home' placement. In doing this we hope to provide a contrast to your 'home' placement as well as giving you the opportunity to become part of two school communities, all of which will enhance your experience and future practice.
The school you will be placed in will be one of our partner schools. All of our partner schools are located less than 20 minutes from Greenbank. We work collaboratively with our partner schools and conduct quality assurance observations alongside them and our colleagues at LHU throughout your year. During the year you will gain experience of teaching both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You will also have 'enhancements' were you will gain experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage, SEND and Secondary Education.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Applicants should have GCSEs (or equivalent) of at least Grade C in English, Mathematics and Science.
We are looking for applicants who have, or are expecting to gain this academic year, a degree classification of 2:1 or above.
We wish to appoint trainees who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and who possess a strong desire to educate and work with children.
The course is demanding and challenging, so we are seeking applicants who can demonstrate a wide range of skills.
Successful applicants will need to be: committed, hardworking, flexible, enthusiastic and reflective.
In addition they will need to demonstrate that they have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
About the training provider
Greenbank Primary School is a thriving, multicultural school with a diverse and unique population. We are a larger than average primary school with over 450 pupils from Nursery to year six. We aim to provide an environment where everyone in the school community can achieve their highest potential and to foster a climate where all members of the community, regardless of class, race, gender or disability feel secure and can grow in confidence and self-esteem.
We are a proactive school, leading change within its own network of schools across the city and in areas further afield. One example of this is the fact we are a Maths Mastery Hub School, meaning that we provide support for eight additional Mathematics Mastery Schools.
We have a strong partnership with Liverpool Hope University and work alongside them to enable you to become an outstanding teacher. We aim to ensure that your training with us is enriching, thought-provoking and inspiring.
100% of our former trainees, who chose full-time employment gained permanent contracts upon completion of the course. One of our former trainees, commented that, ‘The staff are very supportive and make you feel part of the school straight away. The school are keen to develop you professionally and provide plenty of opportunities for this to happen.’
About the accredited body
Liverpool Hope University has a long established tradition of delivering high quality Teacher Education of which School Direct is now a firmly established part.
The University’s Faculty of Education places a strong emphasis on partnerships and they work closely with schools to design, deliver and quality assure training that results in the education of outstanding, passionate and talented teachers. They recognise that the quality of students gaining Qualified Teacher Status is dependent on the valuable work carried out in schools and ensuring a collaborative approach is maintained at every stage of the management and delivery process.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Greenbank Primary School constantly strives to be an inclusive School for pupils, staff and those that choose to train with us. We will take reasonable steps to restructure the cultures, policies and practices in school, so that they respond to the diversity of trainees wishing to undertake School Direct course at Greenbank.
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Mossley Avenue, Liverpool L18 1JB
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