About the course
Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It's also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education.
School Direct teacher training with the Godalming Learning Partnership allows you to be part of a school from day one and to learn the craft of the classroom from enthusiastic and knowledgeable professionals. You will be allocated a mentor whose role is to oversee your day to day development and to work with you on planning, teaching and assessment; helping to ensure you develop the qualities necessary to meet the Teachers' Standards and to work towards becoming an outstanding practitioner.
The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University of Winchester and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
The University of Winchester is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference in the world. We can offer you a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires, in a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train.
The city of Winchester has a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture, and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey), so whether you will be living here or commuting, there is plenty to enjoy in the city and surrounding area.
You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. Information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the Godalming Learning Partnership, the course, our group of schools and to meet some of the teachers. So if you are invited to interview please take the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want to and explore our area.
How school placements work
Teaching placements will predominantly be in one of our 12 Infant, Junior or Primary schools, although all placements include a shorter period of time in a second school. As the 'in school' training takes place across all our schools there is a good opportunity to see a wide variety of schools in action. To see more information about our schools please go to:
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
a. The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above and GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or 4 or above.
During the selection process you will be required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental skills in English and mathematics.
Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis.
b. We will look for a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues. Prior experience is not required, however prospective students may find school experience useful.
We are looking for passionate people, keen to develop every aspect of their pupils – academic, creative, social, moral and cultural; who share a belief in the importance of high achievement, high standards and high enjoyment in learning through a broad and creative curriculum.
People who want to share our creative approach to the curriculum, believing that children learn best when they are given opportunities to express themselves and learn transferable skills in every area of the curriculum.
If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.
About the training provider
The Godalming Learning Partnership is a group of 15 schools (13 in the Primary sector and two Secondary schools) that serve the children (aged 3 – 16) and families of the Godalming area. We are a strong collaborative group with a long history of working closely together to achieve more for our young people, schools and community. Our work is based on teaching, learning and developing our staff and schools as fully as possible.
If you train to be a teacher with The Godalming Learning Partnership you will:-
• Join our wide diversity of successful schools.
• Be educated and trained by experienced Headteachers and lead professionals from across our community of schools.
• Have your programme guided and taught by a University provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
• Receive your school based theory training through the modelling of Primary teaching methods.
• Learn how to teach and become free thinking teachers through total immersion in our education community.
• Benefit from access to job opportunities in all our schools.
• Work with schools that understand the demands of the profession who will actively try to prepare teachers for the demands of the job, both in the initial training and in the early years of teaching.
About the accredited body
With the School Direct programme you work at school and attend training at the University of Winchester. This partnership provides a high quality of support, ensuring a strong relationship between theory and practice. The University of Winchester is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at primary level and has a long history of training teachers. You will benefit from access to all of the University online resources and could exit with 60 Master's level credits. After your PGCE you can choose to APEL these credits to an MA or MSc at a local university.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your well-being is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies.
We work with you to support your well-being and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Middlemarch, Roke Lane, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5PB
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