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
During both KS3 and KS4 Physical Education, students should develop competence and confidence to take part in a broad range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.
There is a broad curriculum at KS3 and KS4, focusing on:
maintaining subject knowledge in your specialist and supplementary sporting activities
promoting healthy living and life long participation
enhancing student leadership in P.E.
assessing practical sports skills
teaching theory for Cambridge Nationals & BTEC
supporting literacy and numeracy in P.E.
designing an extra-curricular programme
linking Physical Education to the wider curriculum
post-16 P.E. teaching
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.