School Direct is a way for passionate and enthusiastic people to train to become teachers. You will be trained in a highly professional and supportive environment and will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise that will enable you to plan and deliver engaging learning experiences for pupils of all abilities and dispositions.
Trainees are based in schools from the first day of term and spend the majority of their time in a school environment in order to learn hands on.
You will receive training from both Newcastle university and across our network of schools on areas such as lesson planning, behaviour for learning, assessment and progress, giving you a wider perspective on aspects of pedagogy and beyond. You will also receive subject specific training through specific subject days at the University, as well as the knowledge of the department from your school
As part of this course you will gain qualified teacher status, and work with Newcastle university to achieve a PGCE with 60 Masters credits. You are assessed during your two formal placements (short placement 4-6 weeks, long placement 10-12 weeks) by weekly observations. You will write three assignments for the university over the course of the year based on academic research and your own practice. You will also be assessed against your training towards the teacher standards via reflective evaluations of your lessons.
Throughout all of this you will receive support both in school, from your subject mentor and professional tutor, and from the university from a subject link and a progress tutor.
We are in partnership with schools across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle. If you are successful you will be assigned to the school which you have applied (or an alternative as discussed at interview if this place is full). This is known as your host school and you will spend the majority of your training year at this school.
As part of the course you will also go on a short placement for 8 - 12 weeks, which could be at any school in our wider partnership, which could be Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle . We will take in account your travel arrangements when placing you, however you are required to train in two contrasting schools so some travel will be required.
Across the year you will teach ages 11 - 16 across key stages 3 and 4 with sixth form enhancement.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Salary will be paid using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
“Teachers are highly skilled and enthusiastic; they are relentless in their drive to help students to achieve their very best.” OFSTED 2014
The Three Rivers Teaching School Hub has developed a strong network of schools to deliver a dynamic School Direct teacher training programme. We work in partnership with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities offering one year full time School Direct tuition placements in primary and secondary settings leading to a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
You would become part of this long established partnership of schools that work closely together to share good practice and learn from each other. We believe passionately in the school based route into teaching and are dedicated to using our knowledge, skills and expertise to train the next generation of teachers. We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of host schools including first, middle schools and high schools. In our schools trainees feel valued and supported. They have access to a high quality training programme and engage in a wide variety of experiences. Each trainee is assigned a mentor, carefully selected for their ability to develop the practice of new entrants to the profession, allowing them to fulfil their potential to become outstanding practitioners.
As you have chosen a specific school which you would like to train within our network you will be interviewed at that school. On the interview panel will be a member of the Three Rivers Teaching School Hub, the subject leader and possible a member of the senior leadership team.
If the school place you have applied to gets filled, you may be asked to attend an interview at another school instead.
The interview process will consist of planning and teaching a 20 minute lesson, an individual interview and in some cases a subject knowledge test.
Mathematics and English skills tests are no longer required.
Assessments of English and Mathematics knowledge will be made at interview
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
The Three Rivers Teaching School Hub The King Edward VI School Cottingwood Lane Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1DN
Support and advice
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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