About the course
Trainee teachers undertaking the PGCE / SDT route will be expected to complete 2 successful placements in 2 different partnership schools and in 2 different Key Stages. They will also be required to complete a Record of Professional Development to evidence meeting standards.
Placement one starts in Oct and finishes in Dec with preparation days the week before the placement commences. During placement 1 the trainee teachers should teach 50% of a full timetable - this could be whole class, groups and 1:1. They should also be team teaching and planning, leading group work and assessing pupil progress. They will also need to observe practice in the Foundation stage, Key Stage one and Two which should include observing and teaching phonics.
During January and February the students will have enhancement opportunities they will have the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in an alternative setting eg , special school, undertake immersion days across a variety of settings eg : school with a lot of EAL pupils. They will also undertake one week in a Nursery or Secondary school .
Placement Two commences in March again with preparation days and finishes at the end of June. Trainee teachers will build up to teaching 70 % of a full timetable as well as all the other experiences as in Placement one.
The Telford Partnership works very closely with Wolverhampton University and all schools work closely together to ensure trainee teachers are well supported and they get the most out of their training. All schools in the Partnership have a lead teacher and mentors again who work closely together across the partnership. We meet regularly to look at what we can offer trainees and also give trainees some say in which schools they may like to train with, this is for Primary PGCE, Secondary placements are subject specific.
All trainee teachers, as part of our selection procedures, will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess their suitability to teach. This includes an interview, audit of subject knowledge, Fitness to teach and enhanced DBS checks.
As part of the Primary selection process within the Telford Partnership we ask our candidates to choose a Year group to read/ share a story with and then we go on a short learning walk across the school, this is followed by a short session looking at qualifications and fitness to teach with our link University tutor and this is followed by a joint interview with Partnership staff and the University tutor.
All Primary selection sessions take place in a primary school setting.
Secondary selection involves a similar process and is run by each Secondary school and link subject tutors from Wolverhampton University.
How school placements work
See section about the course for some information.
The Telford Partnership has 5 Primary schools and 3 Secondary schools. We take 5 Primary students each year as a minimum so we place one student in each primary school for each placement. Secondary schools take students in subject areas (see UCAS offer).
Schools are all in Telford and no further than 10 minutes from the Town Centre road, train and bus routes are good.
Students once through the selection process have the opportunity to visit all schools in the partnership and talk to staff and then can ask for a specific Primary school if they feel this is a fit for them. We try hard to work with students to accommodate preferences if they have any. Again Secondary placements are subject specific.
We also offer regular catch up meetings for students to get together at one school with Lead teachers, University tutors and mentors before the placements begin and during placements. We feel this is very important part of our Partnership offer.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar. They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees.
To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.
To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach, which will include as a minimum both an interview and a teaching task.
We are looking for applicants with a real passion for teaching. We are looking to recruit people who we believe can make a real difference to children's learning. We are looking for candidates that will fit naturally into our Partnership schools.
About the training provider
The Telford Partnership offers an outstanding academic and ‘hands on’ school based experience in a variety of settings working in teams that are friendly and supportive. We are a partnership of 5 Primary and 3 Secondary schools all in Telford and we work very closely together
As part of School Direct we give an innovative opportunity to access high quality school based initial teacher training with an outstanding ITT partner— University of Wolverhampton
We warmly welcome you to our bespoke School Direct PGCE programme for 2018/19. We are looking forward to working together to develop you into a passionate teacher. The Telford Partnership offers trainee teachers the opportunity to work and learn in range of schools
“We are looking to recruit people who we believe can make a real difference to children’s learning. We are looking for candidates that will fit naturally into our schools—that share the same ethos and values”
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a Partnership we are committed to inclusion for all and have experienced staff who ensure all needs can be supported. All schools in the Partnership have policies and procedures in place to support trainees with all disabilities or needs and all environments are accessible for all. We do regular and specific risk assessments when needed and seek advice if needed as well.
We have worked previously with a student on work experience who had cerebral Palsy she used the lift in school, we provided her with space in the classrooms where she was comfortable to work and ensured where support was needed it was available. Her placement was very successful.
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Grange Park Primary School
Grange Avenue, Stirchley TF3 1FA
Hollinswood Primary school
Dale Acre Way, Hollinswood, Telford TF3 2EP
Ladygrove Primary School
Old Office Road, Dawley TF4 2LF
Randlay Primary School
Randlay, Telford TF4 2LR
St Georges Primary School
London Road, Telford, Shropshire TF2 9LJ
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