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Diverse Association for Professional Learning (formerly TVTSA) Primary (4R06)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.diverseassociation.org.uk/
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Contents

Course summary

This course leads to QTS a PGCE and Masters Credits and an apprenticeship.

The main placement for this primary experience will be within a special needs primary school setting.

You will be trained in a highly supportive, creative, inspirational environment where you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to deliver high quality teaching and learning. TVTSA schools are committed to Initial Teacher Training and have formed a steering group with partner schools to quality assure and develop the course. The in school mentors are supportive and are able to tailor the course to best suit your development. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service from an experienced dedicated team.

Trainees work a full academic year in their host school, starting on the school’s first day of term which is usually at the start of September, right through to the end of term which is usually the third week in July, with the following exceptions:

  • Enrollment will take place at the University of Derby during the first or second week
  • One day a week will be reserved for training, this is on a wednesday and alternates between the university of Derby and bespoke training from TVTSA.
  • TVTSA organise a second placement which will be decided using the candidates post code and ensuring a diverse experience. This is generally within a TVTSA school running from the week before Christmas through to February half term.

TVTSA also ensure all trainees make use of any remaining wednesdays that are not scheduled for training, this is to be used by the trainee for:

  • Attending a “wider context programme” which is delivered by experts within our schools with sessions varying from behaviour management to marking and assessment.
  • Attending alternative setting experiences organised by TVTSA at a special school, a behaviour referral unit and an English as an additional language environment.
  • Completing research and gathering evidence to complete the PGCE assignments
  • Networking with the rest of the TVTSA trainees.

School placements

Trainees work a full academic year in there host school, starting on the school’s first day of term which is usually at the start of September, right through to the end of term which is usually the third week in July, with the following exceptions

  • Enrollment week in September at University of Derby
  • One day a week will be training either at the University of Derby or within Local TVTSA schools, this is Wednesdays
  • TVTSA organise a second placement which will be done using the candidates post code and ensuring a diverse experience. This is generally within a TVTSA school running from the week before Christmas through to February half term.

TVTSA also guarantee all trainees make use of additional Wednesdays off timetable, this is to be used by the trainee for:

  • Attending a “wider context programme” which is delivered by the experts within our schools with sessions ranging from behaviour management to marking and assessment.
  • Attending alternative setting experiences organised by TVTSA at a special school, a behaviour referral unit and an English as an additional language environment.
  • Completing research and gathering evidence to complete the PGCE assignments
  • Networking with the rest of the TVTSA trainees.

Candidates select there school using the campus code on UCAS. Trainees will be in an primary special educational needs setting

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject area or key stage, people who want the very best for our pupils.

Successful candidates will be hardworking, driven and motivated as well as being dedicated to safeguarding and the welfare of our pupils. They need to be committed to helping our students progress to the best of their ability and must fully embrace the ethos of the schools they work in.

Other requirements

Candidates that can discuss experience of working with young people, or supporting, coaching adults in the workplace, sporting environment or clubs would have an advantage. As would candidates who can show the qualities they have and how these could be transferred into the work place.

As this course’s main placement school will be within a special educational needs setting, we are looking for candidates that have some experience in that field or a can show a passion for working with children with additional needs

Salary

The salary will be on the lower band of the unqualified teacher pay scale

There are no fees for this course

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Diverse Association for Professional Learning has been successfully running school direct programmes across primary and secondary phases since 2012. We have a number of secondary schools and over thirty five primary schools in the association, these are all quality assured by us and are located in and around Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

We pride ourselves on a personal, tailored approach. We are a small, committed team who get to know you as individuals to support your journey into teaching. The choice of training school is led by you - you select the school for your training year, are interviewed in that school and hold relationships with your future team before your training even starts. We have well established relationships with all of the schools we work with and we collaborate with the understanding that the right choice of school is an essential and important part of the process.

We are proud that some of our original cohort are now mentors for our current trainees. The employment rate for our trainees is high, with over half of each cohort being recruited directly into our partner schools.

Please visit our website for more information - https://www.diverseassociation.org.uk/get-into-teaching/pathways-into-teaching/

Interview process

Although this course is ran in partnership with TVTSA and Derby University, you will have one interview.

This take place at the school/academy that you have chosen to train in on UCAS. It is normally run within two hours and gives candidates a good opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school and the members of staff you.

  • Pupil Panel
  • Teach a 20min lesson
  • Formal interview
  • Written assessment by an article review
  • Maths and English short test

This primary course’s main placement will be within a special educational needs school

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from all candidates, if you have a disability or other needs please add the information to the application form and we will strive to support you through the training year. There is a varying degree of disability access within our schools, If you would like to discuss this before applying please email getintoteaching@diverse-ac.org.uk

There are no child care facilities at any of our schools however, many have nurseries close by.

All of the schools are accessible by car, many of the association schools are based near major towns and cities and so can be accessed by public transport.

Contact this training provider

Email
getintoteaching@diverse-ac.org.uk
Telephone
01777870001
Website
https://www.diverseassociation.org.uk/
Address
Tuxford Academy
Marnham Road
Tuxford
Nottinghamshire
NG22 0JH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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