About the course
This School Direct salaried route into teaching enables you to earn while you learn. The course trains you in one year to become a Newly Qualified Teacher in a secondary school in the following subject specialism Chemistry. You will be based in two different secondary schools across the year, immersed in school life and taking an active role in the school team. You will work mainly out of a lead school, either Stoke Damerel Community College or Devonport High School for Boys, with an additional placement for six to twelve weeks to give you breadth of experience.
Some training will be school-based, led by teachers and working with other trainees from other schools, and you will also attend university and be part of a broad cohort of university students
Formal assessment for the School Direct programme takes place throughout the year in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University our HEI link partner.
Devonport High School for Boys works in collaboration with Stoke Damerel Community College to co-ordinate the recruitment process and host subject based interviews. If you are invited for interview you will receive full details of what will be expected of you in a letter of invitation. We work closely with Plymouth Marjon University in the selection process. You will be expected to be familiar with key issues and developments in secondary schools - especially those in your subject area. It will help you to read the educational press and to talk to teachers and those currently undertaking teacher training. Our interview procedure is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the School Direct places available.
The best preparation for interview is a visit to a school or schools. Talk to teachers and students; try to evaluate what is being learned and how the teachers encourage the learning to take place. You will be expected to discuss these observations in your formal interview; where we will be looking for your ability to analyse your experience and show a deeper understanding of the learning process.
How school placements work
If you are successful in being offered a School Direct salaried placement with us you will be based in either Stoke Damerel Community College or Devonport High School for Boys as a paid employee of that school. In addition, you will be required to develop further in a second school identified by us as best suited to meet your training needs from the range of partner schools wishing to train in your subject. Unlike a university based PGCE the academic year runs from September to July following your host school’s year structure.
Each School Direct trainee will undertake two placements, a longer placement starting in their 'home school' and a second shorter placement usually taking place in one of our other partner schools.
For more information about the general nature of placements please check our website.
Salaried School Direct
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.
Applicants must have a degree normally at 2:2 or above and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.
The Numeracy and Literacy Skills Test will be taken as part of the application process and you must have passed them both before the start of the course.
Pass a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a 'Trainee School Teacher' and meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental 'Fitness to Teach'.
School Direct candidates must meet the standard entry requirements of the university and be approved by the university.
We are looking for committed and dedicated people who can demonstrate effective inter-personal and communication skills and who can work as part of a team. All applicants need the ability to use their initiative and be resilient when working under pressure. We are looking for trainee teachers who are passionate about making a difference and who think deeply about their practice, actively seeking advice and guidance in order to be the very best they can be.
All applicants will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child and adult workforce, as well as clearance by your HEI Link Occupational Health department.
About the training provider
Devonport High School for Boys, a happy and vibrant grammar school for boys aged 11-18. Our vision, whatever your role in the school or personal ambition, is that ‘Everyone Succeeds’.
We provide a disciplined, caring environment in which students achieve levels of excellence that reflect their tremendous potential and our high expectations. Examination results and university entrance records are among the best in the country. In addition, we provide a remarkable range of co-curricular activities.
We inspire confidence so that all achieve the highest possible standard of academic success.
We develop talents so that everyone is enriched.
We support individuals in our school community to enhance their prowess and shape their future.
We work in partnership with Stoke Damerel Community College.
About the accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University Teacher Education Partnership is a well-established partnership between the university and schools in the South West, London and Service Children's Education. It is a values-based collaborative partnership that ensures excellent outcomes for pupils, trainees and teachers. It is rated good with outstanding leadership and management by Ofsted.
You will spend time studying your subject specialism with peers from the university and then develop these skills with training in the school setting. You will have two mentors, one at your home school and a university based tutor to guide you through your year.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs and with our HEI partners make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the training programme is accessible to all.
Please find detailed information about the support we provide in conjunction with our HEI partner below.
University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) :(https://www.marjon.ac.uk/student-life/student-support-/disability--inclusion-advice-service/)
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.
Paradise Road, Stoke, Plymouth, Devon PL1 5QP
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