About the course
This course is designed to give you breadth of teaching experience through having placements in both KS1 and KS2 and working in different schools within our cluster.
The course is split into 3 phases. You will experience teaching in KS1 and KS2 in the first two phases and in phase 3 it will be either KS1 or KS2 depending on your preference.
You will start at one of our cluster schools in phase 1, move to another cluster school in phase 2 and then will return to the same school that you started at in phase 1 for your final, phase 3 placement.
You will have time to observe good practice in the classroom you have been assigned through observing the class teacher, as well as being able to observe other members of staff within school if there are any areas of improvement identified or anything that is particular interest to you. This will ensure you have the knowledge and understanding to make your teaching the best it can possibly be.
All class teachers that you will be working with will have received mentor training within the cluster in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University to ensure they know how to deliver feedback that is appropriate to aid your ongoing development.
You will be supported by a mentor in school who will observe you on a weekly basis and offer timely feedback to help you develop your skills in teaching. They will assess your teaching against the teacher standards which will allow you to have specific targets to work on in order to improve.
For quality assurance purposes, the mentors will work closely within the cluster of schools and will arranged paired observations of our trainees. An assigned tutor from Leeds Beckett will also visit trainees to offer support, guidance and also ensure quality assurance.
We also offer our trainees enhancement days to observe in nursery and KS3 so you can see how teaching and learning develops before and after primary school.
All our trainees who are shortlisted for interview will be invited to one of our cluster schools. If you are asked for interview, we will provide more details about the tasks that you will be asked to complete.
All our interviews will have the same elements:
- A classroom based exercise where you will be observed interacting with a group of pupils.
- A short written task which is designed to assess your written communication skills.
- A short maths test.
- A face to face interview with a panel of school leaders.
You will also have to opportunity to look around school and ask any questions.
If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance and health check. For more information, see the guidance online at: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
How school placements work
We carefully consider school placements for all of our trainees.
Your timetable will consist of having some days in university to learn the information required to become a successful teacher but the majority of the time will be spent in school gaining first hand teaching experience.
Through each phase, the amount of time you will be actually teaching will gradually build up as you become more confident and experienced within the classroom.
The cluster of schools will provide a training session at each school that will deliver up to date training from skilled practitioners. This will enable you to meet with the other trainees in the cluster as well as visit all the schools involved. Each school has their own areas of strength so through the training, you will become more knowledgeable about teaching and learning in different settings.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Applicants should have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or a 2:2 honours degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting relevant to Primary education.
All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
We don't have a fixed picture of what kind of a person we are looking for. Teaching is a creative, dynamic profession which has space for innovative thinking.
Our cluster is clear that we want trainees to have an excellent rapport with children, a passion for teaching and the ambition to become an outstanding teacher.
We are looking for a relentlessly positive outlook, showing initiative and being a good team player. Teamwork and positive relationships with all stakeholders is a key to success.
You should be ready to work hard in this challenging but wonderfully rewarding profession.
We usually require evidence of experience working with children of different ages within the 5-11 age-range. Preferably this would be across KS1 and KS2 in a UK Primary School / setting and would equate to about 10-15 days in total. In addition, we value experience of working with children in contexts other than school and will take these into consideration.
About the training provider
The Aireborough Partnership comprises of 5 Primary schools in Rawdon and Yeadon within a 3 mile radius of each other. These schools include:
- Rawdon St. Peter's C/E Primary School
- Yeadon Westfield Infant School
- Yeadon Westfield Junior School
- Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School
- Queesnway Primary School
As a group of schools, we pride ourselves on the ethos of our schools, the strong links we have developed with each other, and the supportive nature of the staff in our teams.
Schools Direct offers a highly effective route to becoming a successful Primary School practitioner. All five schools pride themselves in providing high quality education for their pupils. Supported effectively by a school based mentor, you are treated as a member of the school staff team from day one. You will work with good and outstanding teachers in an assigned class, learning through observation and obtaining ongoing feedback to make sure you reach your full potential during the course of your placements, supporting your individual needs and ongoing professional development.
We are keen to recruit trainees who share the same commitment and vision for excellence and enjoyment in education. After a year's successful training, you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status. We will support you through the application process when applying for jobs at the end of the course as well as arranging enhancement days in nursery and KS3. We deliver training throughout the year delivered by practitioners with up to date pedagogy.
About the accredited body
Leeds Beckett University have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. They are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.
For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in the schools within the Aireborough Partnership, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend university at Headingley Campus for key seminars on subject knowledge and teaching for your chosen age range.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We believe that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools, both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the school they work in. We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).
All of our partnership schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.
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