Following an induction at the University, you will start at your placement school at the beginning of their academic year. This will involve observing lessons and familiarising yourself with school campuses, alongside policies and procedures. In mid-September you will spend a block of time at the University working as part of a cohort of beginning teachers preparing for the year ahead.
From late September you will spend most of your time in your placement school with regular days returning to the University to further reflect on, and develop, your practice. During the first term you undertake a variety of tasks and observations and are gradually introduced to teaching your subject. You work closely with your school-based mentors and with your tutor who visits you in school.
You return to the University either side of your Christmas break. In this block of time you work with your peers, reflecting on your experiences in school and preparing for the next term.
During the spring term you complete a placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning and broadens your experience.
During your placements post-Christmas you will return for several University-based days that focus on a wide range of professional development issues and allow for contact with peers and tutors.
As part of the programme you will undertake a school-based inquiry project where, working with others, you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest.
Your main placement will be in your selected school. You will start at your placement school at the beginning of their academic year. There will be a number of days in university spread out during the first term. As the term progresses, trainees will be in their placement school four days a week, and in university one day a week.
During the spring term you complete a five week placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning and broadens your experience.
You will experience teaching students from 11 to 18 during your placements
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Granville Sports College
Burton Road, Woodville, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 7JR
The de Ferrers Academy, St Mary’s Drive, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0LL
The Pingle School
Coronation St, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0QA
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in modern languages 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are able to offer an equivalency test to University of Nottingham School Direct PGCE offer holders only.
You are only able to take the equivalency test once.
There is no charge to take the test.
We do not accept any other equivalency tests.
A desire to teach and work with young people
Effective communication skills
Determination to succeed
A readiness to listen and share
A flexible approach to learning and teaching
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The de Ferrers Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust based in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. The trust currently consists of seven schools (three secondaries: The de Ferrers Academy, The Pingle Academy and Granville Academy, and four primaries: Eton Park Junior, Horninglow Primary, Lansdowne Infants and Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy). The trust educates approximately 5000 children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19 and employs 600 members of staff. The Trust exists to ensure that all the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.
Within the Trust we have received both national and international recognition for the work we are currently doing on transforming teaching and learning through the use of Apple technology. The de Ferrers Academy is an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) and trainees from within the Trust will be provided with outstanding opportunities to access and develop their teaching in modern, forward thinking Academies. The de Ferrers Trust has a vision that all students within our care will eventually have access to a 1:1 iPad scheme.
Teacher training within The de Ferrers Trust affords a wide range of experiences. Our teacher training experience ensures that you receive the highest quality of training and support at school and Trust level.
Throughout your training at The de Ferrers Trust you will be working with a dedicated, hard-working team and you can expect a fully comprehensive induction and support programme.
There is a two stage process for the School Direct course.
The University of Nottingham screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. If you are offered an interview this will be at the University’s School of Education. If you are successful at this interview you will then be interviewed by us.
When being interviewed at the University, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. They will be keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria that will be used at interview to decide whether or not you are suitable for a place on the course are:
an awareness of current educational issues;
a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling;
an open and enquiring mind;
clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
motivation and commitment to teaching students of all levels of ability;
maturity and self confidence;
an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.
If you are successful at interview at The University of Nottingham, there will then be a school based interview. This will include:
a subject knowledge, professional discussion
a formal interview
a student panel
the opportunity to tour the campuses, to get a feel for the ethos of the school and ensure that this is the right place for you to complete your training
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
We do not discriminate any candidate who has any form of disability. If successful we would make the necessary adjustments to facilitate employees to be able to carry out their role, examples such as:
lessons on the ground floor
support of appointments with external agencies
use of sound field system
Applicants should be aware that the de Ferrers Academy is a split site Academy and to access all of the required teaching experience to achieve QTS, inter-site travel is necessary during the school day.
We have staff who have a variety of disabilities, all these staff receive support through HR.
St Marys drive Burton on trent Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire DE13 0LL
Support and advice
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