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, based at Caludon Castle School, 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
Trainees will be based in the RE Department for the majority of the training experience. During this time, trainees will receive expert subject based and professional mentoring in order to develop their pedagogical and professional practice and subject knowledge. Trainees will begin the process of practical orientation and observation of effective classroom practice, before the gradual development of a teaching commitment.
Professional reflection and personal development are key aspects of the course, and this is enhanced through participation in the school's induction programme, enhanced NQT and School Direct training as well as professional studies sessions. There will also be a requirement to attend a Reflective Practice programme based at the University, in addition to the completion of the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP), with its enhanced evidence of the trainee's Reflective Assignments, Reflective Statements and Final Assessment.
Subject knowledge development is an essential element of teacher training and it is therefore a requirement that all trainees complete a number of Subject Development Tasks in school, supported by units of work targeting subject-specific issues, developed by the University.
Trainees will have experience in at least two secondary or primary schools (depending on phase) 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 90 CATS credits towards Master’s accreditation, upon meeting the assessment criteria, specified by the University of Warwick.