About the course
As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Middlesex you will also benefit from access to the University's extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.
The Middlesex School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University. These may include sessions which:
•Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.
•Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum.
•Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach English effectively.
What will you gain?
In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach English, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective, all-round curriculum.
The subject leader will be interviewing at the 'host' school along with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. You will also be asked to provide a practice lesson on a subject related topic and sample literacy and numeracy tests.
The tests provide a benchmark for the skills tests you will be asked to take once you have received an offer of a place.
One interview will take place at the school and then a further interview will take place with the university.
How school placements work
When you are training with us you will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your 'host' school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term.
Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.
This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then be able to learn your new skills and experience back at your host school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You will pay £9250 to the university however you may be entitled for a bursary.
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
A relevant honours degree from a British university with a minimum 2.2 or equivalent overseas degree supported by a recent NARIC certificate.
Maths and English at Grade C or higher or equivalent (supported by a recent NARIC certificate for overseas students)
For GCSEs, an equivalent qualification from Equivalency Testing Ltd is acceptable, but not any other provider.
Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:
• like people and can interact with them appropriately
• are determined, trustworthy and resilient
• show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges
• can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold
You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.
You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire. Further details will be sent to you on your offer.
About the training provider
Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of 20 schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for School Direct within the Alliance. We train and develop teachers in north London, working in partnership with Middlesex University and Hertfordshire University.
We provide experienced mentors within the classroom and Lead Phase mentors provide additional support throughout the year. We are small (a cohort of 25 this year) but concentrate on quality with 100% pass rate of our cohort last year. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our universities to ensure you receive a quality, tailored programme of learning and support.
You can find out lots of information from our Aim Alliance Schools website (https://www.aimallianceschools.org).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our lead phase mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Spur Road, Edgware, London HA8 8DE
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