School Direct programmes contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for your chosen specialism. Some of these take place at the placement school and some at the University of Warwick.
Trainees then take what they have learned in the training room directly into the classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress. Professional Studies sessions are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching. Topics covered include:
Behaviour for learning
Outstanding lesson planning
Using ICT to enhance learning and teaching
Literacy and numeracy
Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, Maths, Science and ICT. The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. School placements will provide opportunities to teach in both key stages. You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children.
Trainees will have experience in at least two primary schools and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings, and cross-curricular events. Trainees, also get the chance to spend some time working with children with special educational needs.
All programmes lead to QTS and PGCE status, including the award of 60 CATS credits towards Masters accreditation, upon meeting the assessment criteria, specified by the University of Warwick.