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Shireland Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of both secondary and primary schools across the West Midlands. As the lead school, Shireland Collegiate Academy delivers the strategic vision, and provides the capacity and expertise to promote excellence across the Teaching Schools agenda.
The School Direct teacher training course runs for an academic year and leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and 60 masters-level credits.
The training is a blend of theory and practice. You will attend university for regular days during the year giving you a strong theoretical foundation and subject knowledge.
The course starts in September, where you will begin in your main placement school. You will stay with your host school until Christmas. When you return in January, you will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in a complimentary placement school. In March you will return to your original school placement, where you will stay until June, when you have completed the course. You will attend university for regular days throughout the year.
A trainee will begin by observing their mentor and other experienced staff within the school. They will agree with their mentor their phased introduction to teaching. For some trainees this may be starters/plenaries and for others whole lessons. They will eventually build up to a 14 hour a week teaching timetable, the timescale for which is agreed with their mentor and can vary from trainee to trainee. You will be in the classroom from day one so once you have learned something new you can put it straight into practice.
The 6 weeks complimentary placement is to ensure you experience a full variety of different school environments, communities and methods of teaching and learning.
You need a 2:2 or above at degree level from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an equivalent qualification. In terms of GCSE’s you need at least a C in English, Mathematics and Science.
Candidates should have some experience of mainstream UK schools/early years settings to become familiar with the atmosphere and demands of the age phase they are applying for.
The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by the school on a one year contract, tuition fees will be paid by the university. The PGCE fee will be funded by the trainee.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
We believe outstanding teachers absolutely make a difference. Here at Shireland we aim to make a difference to the lives and academic achievement of each and every learner. Join us and inspire a love of learning in young people and change attitudes, aspirations, and their lives forever.
STSA, working in partnership with Birmingham City University, the University of Warwick and Newman University, aims to develop the next generation of outstanding teachers.
Our belief is that through emersion within a school environment trainee teachers will have continual opportunities to relate theory into practice by working alongside outstanding practitioners.
Our unique approach allows trainee teachers to develop the skills and self-awareness needed to become outstanding and remain outstanding, giving them an advantage in their future teaching careers.
The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for over fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality professionals that work with children and young people.
You will be invited to attend a selection day, the structure of which will depend on the phase and subject you have applied for.
All applicants will be observed working with students, undergo a formal interview and possibly complete a literacy and/or numeracy assessment.
In some instances, applicants may be invited to a further interview at their potential host school.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Shireland Teaching School Alliance welcomes candidates with disabilities and under the Disability Discrimination Act those candidates who disclose their disability have the right to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to train to teach. If you have any particular needs please contact Emily Hughes via email at email@example.com to discuss these arrangements.
Shireland Collegiate Academy Waterloo Road Smethwick West Midlands B66 4ND
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