To inspire children to become confident, secure, caring individuals who achieve personal success and develop a love of learning through ‘rich opportunities and memorable experiences’.
Our Mission is to ensure that our pupils:
Will be central to all we do.
Will experience, developing a thirst for knowledge and becoming enthusiastic, independent learners.
Will be highly literate, numerate and articulate.
Will build self-discipline, and a sense of pride and respect for themselves and others.
Will be highly adaptable to change, equipped for life in a sophisticated and technological society.
The major benefit of School Direct is being able to select the school in which you are going to do the majority of your training. This choice is often influenced by location and distance travelling from home.
Usually you will spend most of your time at your base school, with call back days at your university .
Your complementary placement takes place after Christmas, and is usually set up within the partnership schools and in many cases will be a straight swap between schools. All the schools within the partnership are within a 30 minute drive of The Polesworth School, which is the Lead School within the Partnership.
As well as your university mentor, you will have access to a professional mentor and subject mentor at your base school. You will have support every step of the way and will not be expected to fly solo until you feel you’re ready to do so. The expectation is that by the time you finish your course you should be teaching around 70% of a teacher’s full timetable.
You will also be required to undertake a number of written tasks set by the university that will contribute towards a Masters Degree should you wish to complete one. Also, you will be collecting evidence throughout the year to complete your personal learning portfolio which you will use to demonstrate your learning journey.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Birchwood Primary School
Birchwood Avenue, Dordon, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 1QU
Chadsmead Primary Academy
Friday Acre, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 7HJ
Dordon Community Primary School
Roman Way, Dordon, Tamworth, Warwickshire, B78 1PJ
Higham Lane School
Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0BJ
Stoenydelph Primary School
Crowden Road, Tamworth, Stoneydelph, B77 4LS
An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
We are actively seeking good quality honours graduates with excellent communication skills; who have the ability to enthuse young people about their chosen subject; are able to demonstrate resilience and who are self-starters with the ability to use their initiative.
Whilst not a necessity, recent, relevant school experience, or experience of working with young people, is strongly encouraged. We offer Taster Days and School Experience across most subjects.
The successful candidate will need to satisfy the necessary safeguarding and prohibition checks and satisfy the HEI provider that they are proficient in maths and English skills prior to QTS being awarded.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of the course.
Home students in England may be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards living costs and accommodation.
About the training provider
Each of the schools working with the CAT Institute of Education has its own distinctive character, reflecting its local community and history, but all share the same commitment to the partnership’s ethos.
We believe strongly in the personal growth of all staff within the school and take professional development seriously.
During your initial year of training with us you will receive rigorous and regular professional development so that you can progress to being an outstanding teacher.
Our Young People
We believe all young people have the potential to achieve great things. Intelligence can be developed regardless of emotional and social background, given appropriate teaching and bespoke, individualised support. They should be equipped with a crucial sense of possibility based on a well-developed self-awareness and ambition, not only for themselves but for the communities in which they live and work.
Our Values extend to how we challenge, support and work with each other. All staff (non-teaching and teaching) play a crucial role in the education of young people. We all understand how our work has a direct influence on the life chances of the young people in our care. In the same way that we all have a duty of care to them, we have a duty of care to each other and have regard for each other’s professional and personal well-being.
Potential to Teach
You should demonstrate high expectations for your pupils, be passionate about your subject and engage your pupils.
Potential to Reflect
You should be able to reflect on all aspects of your planning and teaching so that you can constantly update and amend lessons accordingly to further improve your performance and delivery.
Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate your choice of campus, staffing capacity changes and for this reason your application may also be circulated to other schools within the partnership. It may be that several schools will express interest in you. This method ensures you have an increased opportunity of a successful outcome.
You will usually be invited to interview where you will be asked to teach a 20 minute learning activity to a class of pupils.
Following the learning activity, you will have an interview with the Professional Mentor and Head of Department. Some schools may ask you to take part in a Student Panel, or to undertake an activity involving students, you may be asked to produce a lesson plan.
If all goes well, you will be told the decision and the UCAS website will be updated accordingly.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Working closely with our partner schools and with our University partners, reasonable adjustments can be put in place for students with a disability or specific learning differences, to ensure they can successfully complete their course and get the most out of their time with us.
The Polesworth School, Dordon Road Polesworth Tamworth Staffs B78 1QT
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).