Psychology is mainly a KS5 subject. You are required to teach across two key stages, so you may be asked to teach some Religious Studies or some Social Studies lessons at KS3/4 respectively.
At KS5 the A level includes:
Introductory Topics: This will include a critical examination of topics within Psychology such as Social Influence, Attachment, Memory, Psychopathology and Research Methods
Psychology in Context: This will include a critical examination of key psychological approaches such as Social Learning Theory, the Behavioural Approach, the Psychodynamic Approach, the Cognitive Approach, the Humanist Approach, the Biological Approach, Biopsychology and Research Methods.
Issues & Options in Psychology: This will include a critical examination of the Psychology of Relationships, the Psychology of Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology, and the Scientific Process
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 one day a week spent at your university (weekly with Warwick and fortnightly with Derby).
We also have a number of Alliance Days where we deliver part of your training to all trainee teachers from across the partnership.
Your complementary placement takes place after Christmas, usually during the first half of the Spring Term. This is usually set up within the partnership schools and in many cases will be a straight swap between trainees doing the same subject. All the schools within the partnership are within a 30 minute drive of The Polesworth School, which is the Lead School in the Partnership.
Trainees are also required to undertake a minimum of 5 days in a primary setting.
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.
Minimum degree required: Lower Second Degree
Whilst we prefer a candidate with a good 2:1 degree in the subject, we would consider a good candidate with good, potential teaching skills.
A good pass in Maths and English at GCSE
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 2021 to 2022 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 in CAT Teaching School Alliance 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.
About the accredited body
We are partnered with the University of Derby through School Direct, as it has a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.
Practical teaching experience and high-quality placements will help to build your classroom skills and with the excellent support you will receive from expert mentors, you will be part of the team from Day One.
Trainees who have graduated from Derby University may also benefit from reduced course fees should you choose to continue teacher training within our partnership with Derby University.
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.
If all goes well, you will be told the decision and the UCAS website will be updated accordingly.
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
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