The Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:
Phase 1: 8-day induction in the SCITT
Phase 2: 4-day Primary Placement
Phase 3: Classroom Practice 1 at a de Ferrers Trust Academy.
Phase 4: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This well be a 9-week placement
Phase 5: Week in a special School.
Phase 6 Classroom Practice 3 in your home school.
In each Phase of Classroom Practice, you will spend 4 days in your placement school. The fifth day is a training day at John Taylor High School. In the morning all trainees undertake general professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments and in the afternoon split into subject groups.
There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and by the end of the year trainees will need to demonstrate and evidence that they can fully meet each of the eight Standards for Qualified Teacher Status as well as Part 2 of The Standards. A Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed skills and subject knowledge over the course of the year.
Your main placement will be in your selected school. This placement will commence following the induction at the John Taylor SCITT and the 4-day primary placement. Trainees will be in their placement school four days a week, and at the SCITT one day a week.
During the spring term you complete a nine week placement in a second school in order to promote collaborative learning and broaden your experience. The second placement will take place in one of the 14 secondary schools in the National Forest Teaching School Alliance, all based in the local area.
You will experience teaching students from age 11 to 18 during your placements
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement 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 at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in art and design 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.
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.
If your application meets the requirements of the programme you will be invited to attend an interview at a de Ferrers Trust Academy, where two members of the Academy leadership team , and a subject specialist will interview you.
You will also complete a lesson observation and provide feedback on your observations to a member of the interview team.
There will also be a subject knowledge discussion with a subject specialist.
In order to assess your interaction with our pupils you will answer a series of questions posed by a student panel.
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
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