You will have two school placements on the ABA model (i.e. main A placement school and a shorter B placement, after which you return to your A placement school). You will undertake teaching practice and other duties (e.g. pastoral role) at the schools. You follow the normal school timetable, with time allowed to also follow your university calendar.
The advantage of School Direct over the traditional university route is that you will know which school(s) you will be placed at and will have visited the main/first placement school as part of the selection process. You will have chosen them and they will have chosen you!
When you start your school placements you will observe departmental and other colleagues, then undertake supernumerary teaching and class support until you are ready to progress to teaching your own classes.
For Goldsmiths trainees we offer the enhanced model of training. You will attend subject studies at Goldsmiths with other PGCE trainees, but attend General Professional Studies sessions at the Teaching School (on day release) which we provide on behalf of the university. Here you learn how to teach in a supportive and confidential environment. You will observe outstanding teaching on site to inform your teaching practice.
All our study sessions are delivered by experienced teachers and trainers, mostly in-house, but we also bring in consultants and guest speakers. You will cover all essential topics and we aim to make the sessions interactive and engaging. You will be encouraged to share your classroom experiences, take part in role-play and deliver short presentations with other trainees.
You will have access to a Subject Mentor within your placement school, who will provide subject-specific advice and meet with you regularly to plan your training and give you feedback. Your mentor will also provide progress reports to the university.
You will also have access to the Teaching School team, which is always on hand to answer queries, follow your progress, liaise with your mentor and tackle any cause for concern.