About the course
Design Technology teachers need to have broad subject knowledge as the new GCSE course that launched in September 2017 examines student’s knowledge of Product Design (woods, metals, polymers, papers and boards), Electronics and Textiles. This course will support you to develop your knowledge and understanding in all areas of the DT curriculum to ensure that you begin your first job equipped to deliver the new specifications. You will also need a broad knowledge of a range of designers and design influences. The new exam, worth 50% of the final GCSE has a wide range of core technical principles, ranging from sustainability, social, moral and environmental issues to properties of materials and mathematical modelling.
During school placements you will be exposed to all areas of the curriculum, but we will ask for you to express a specialism from the following areas.
Your choice should reflect your previous qualifications, experience and subject knowledge.
The course will give you the necessary qualifications required to teach in the workshop and/or Food room so trainees will leave with a core Health and Safety certificate (all specialisms), extension levels on the required specialist equipment (resistant materials) and a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate (food).
You will attend a minimum of 15 subject specialist sessions to build your subject knowledge and begin to explore ways that this knowledge can be taught in a classroom situation. There is a heavy practical element to these sessions and most outcomes completed as a result will be 3D in nature. These then make excellent teaching resources to use in your teaching. These sessions are delivered by practicing teachers who work in schools across the partnership. As well as these ‘delivered’ sessions, you will need to use your own initiative to read around the subject and previous trainees have benefitted from attendance on courses such as dress making, silver-smith and furniture making courses to develop weaker areas prior to the start of their training year.
School placements are chosen based on areas of subject knowledge that you need to develop. We have a wide range of school based tutors who specialise in different areas of the Technology curriculum.
The format of the interview with NTTP is usually with the Lead Subject Mentor and the Programme Manager.
The Interview process will entail:
• Presentation - “Why I want to become a teacher”- 5 minutes
• Presenting a ‘Starter’ of your choice - 5 minutes
• Interview - 40 minutes
Your interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a number of qualities. You should therefore try to tailor your answers and contributions to reflect these qualities. They are:
A commitment to and understanding of secondary education and the role of the teacher
Good personal, intellectual and communication skills
A positive attitude towards children and working with children
An enthusiasm for and understanding of your subject (s) and teaching in general.
How school placements work
To qualify for QTS, you must spend at least 120 days in schools. As we feel this is the most important part of your training, we exceed this minimum requirement with two placements totalling 28 weeks. During these, your progress will be tracked against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.
You will train with pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however, in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too.
You will be allocated to your placement school as a result of an initial induction and skills audit conducted early in the course which aims to identify the best schools that will be able to support you. Your placement school will be identified to meet your needs and may not geographically be your nearest school.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You must have an Honours Degree at class 1 or 2, relevant to the subject you wish to train for and preferably a minimum of 50% of your degree being in that subject. Your A-Level grades will also be taken into consideration.
It is preferable to have had some experience of working with secondary aged young people
If you hold a non UK degree and/or other qualifications, you should check its validation with NARIC (www.naric.co.uk) who will inform you of its UK equivalence.
About the training provider
Northampton Teacher Training Partnership (NTTP) works jointly with Northampton School for Boys, an Ofsted 'Outstanding' school (Nov 2014) which is the Lead School from our Partnership. NTTP is a School-Centred Teacher Training provider based on the school site. We offer a one year full-time Secondary (11-16) teacher training course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education currently validated by Newman University. All of the partnership schools have ex-trainees as members of staff, many of whom work as School Based Tutors for us. The partnership is comprised of schools which offer a wide range of different experiences for our trainees.
We encourage applications from all spheres of the community regardless of age, race, disability, religion and gender. The vast majority of trainees who successfully achieve both QTS and an academic award, gain employment in local schools, which is a huge strength of the partnership.
Our Key Strengths are:
• Trainees’ professionalism, the good relationships they develop with staff and pupils and their high expectations of the learners
• The pivotal role of administrative support in facilitating excellent communication across the partnership that benefits support for, and attainment of trainees
• Consistently good quality school placements, and their intelligent use by the provider, to provide contrasting experiences for and carefully match them to the individual needs of trainees
• The expertise of school-based tutors in coaching their trainees towards improvement
• Developing a strong shared ethos of pastoral care that facilitates swift and effective intervention and support for trainees.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is personalised to be supportive and challenging for each trainee. We work closely with Newman University (PGCE Validating body) to ensure that trainee needs are met.
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||NTTP, Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT
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