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 Hertfordshire University you will also benefit from access to the University's extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.
The 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.
Three Headteachers form part of a panel interview. 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.
Your salary will be calculated using the Unqualified teachers' pay scale for your host school.
Fees for the course are paid directly by the school to the university from the Department for Education Grant they receive.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
A relevant honours degree from a British university with a minimum 2.2 or equivalent overseas degree supported by a recent NARIC certificate.
GCSE Maths,English and Science at Grade C or higher or equivalent (supported by a recent NARIC certificate for overseas students)
Equivalency tests are not accepted by Hertfordshire University.
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.
Ideally for a salaried position you will have worked as a Teaching Assistant for a year within a school already.
You will need to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy. To prepare for and book your tests, visit the DFE’s website at: http://sta.education.gov.uk/ (you won’t be able to book your tests until you have applied for a course).
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 through out the year. We are small (a cohort of 20 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).
About the accredited provider
Hertfordshire University is a well established provider of quality teacher training. They provide a strong support network within the University and have long established rigorous selection criteria both for Schools and Alliances entitled to train and candidates who will succeed on their courses. Coupled with the Mentor network within the Alliance all candidates can be assured of a quality training programme.
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.
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 and give the relevant training location code.
||The Ryde School
||Pleasant Rise, Hatfield AL9 5DR
||Broadfields Primary School
||Roseberry Drive, Edgware HA8 8JP
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