In this Apprenticeship position you will experience teaching Design & Technology across age and ability ranges in a comprehensive secondary school throughout an academic year.
We are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and school leaders of the future. You should possess a genuine enthusiasm for Design & Technology and be able to communicate your understanding to others. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe passionately in the difference education can make to young peoples’ lives. Experience of working with young people is not a requirement for entry on to the course, but would be an advantage.
Our School Direct programme contains elements delivered by the school, the Minster Learning Alliance and Nottingham Trent University. The programme includes both academic training and assessment as well as extensive classroom practice. School Direct delivers practical experience of theoretical approaches delivered by a range of partners.
The school and university work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured. You will be based in your host school throughout the year and attend university-based days with other School Direct trainees. These days are an opportunity to work with primary and secondary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school.
In addition, there will also be regular opportunities to reflect and work with other trainees from across the Alliance through our School Direct programme. This will include working with trainees from primary and secondary phase settings, as well as some specific sessions focusing on key areas of development for your specific course.
In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school for a period of five weeks. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.
You will have a trained mentor assigned by the school and a University tutor who will work closely with you. From the beginning of the course, you will be regarded as a beginning teacher and will attend development and professional learning activities within your school.
Throughout your year you will mostly be based in your host school, where you will experience life as a full-time member of teaching staff.
You will undertake a 5 week long second placement at another school in the Spring Term, which will offer you a contrasting experience. In addition, you will attend training at schools around Nottinghamshire and can experience teaching in a different phase, as well as special school experience, if desired.
This programme is available at:
Bramcote College, Nottingham
To find out more about this placement, please view our school profiles which are available on our website:
Your degree subject should be in Design and technology 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 aim to develop the teachers and leaders of the future who will work together with us to inspire young people. We are looking for candidates who enjoy working with young people and who are passionate about learning.
Your application should demonstrate that you possess:
A desire to teach and work with young people
Effective communication skills
A commitment to work hard on the course
Determination to succeed
A readiness to reflect and share ideas
A flexible approach to learning and teaching
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
For all initial teacher training courses, applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. In addition you will be required to disclose previous offences.
Literacy and Numeracy Competence
All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of ITT all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in:
Speaking and Listening
Data and graphs
Your competence in these areas will be assessed by your university at application and throughout the course.
In line with apprenticeship framework as discussed with school.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Minster Learning Alliance is committed to identifying, training and supporting outstanding teachers of the future and the School Direct training programme provides the opportunity to recruit and develop the next generation of teachers by hosting School Direct PGCE trainees.
The Alliance has a long record of partnership with our Higher Education partners in helping to train teachers. We facilitate School Direct PGCE training for over 30 teachers per year across the Alliance.
Over the past few years, 100% of our trainees have successfully qualified and secured teaching posts within 6 months of completing the School Direct course. A large proportion of our trainees are employed by their host school, or other schools within the Alliance.
In addition to the support that you will receive from your university and your host school, the Alliance will provide support for you and your mentor, including:
a programme of sessions throughout the year to support and complement practice that has been taught at university and in school
specific additional training for key elements of phase-specific teaching, such as phonics or GCSE/A Level examinations
the opportunity to link and work with School Direct students in other schools across both primary and secondary phases, which has proven to be a real network of support
a second placement at a school in a contrasting context, with careful consideration of your transport and training needs
additional support from our team throughout your training.
Candidates who submit successful applications will attend an initial interview with Nottingham Trent University to assess their suitability for the course.
Following a successful university interview, candidates will then be invited to attend an interview at their host or lead school. This recruitment process will involve up to a day spent at the school and will include a number of activities designed to assess your aptitude and potential as well as giving you a chance to familiarise yourself with the school and programme:
a welcome and introduction to the school
a tour of the school
an observed 15-minute student activity, (details provided in advance)
a subject knowledge discussion and interview.
The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:
enthusiasm for working with young people
a realistic and positive view of education and an awareness of current educational issues;
clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
an open, reflective and enquiring mind;
motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.
We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview.
This is a thorough process designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. We and you need to be sure that teaching is for you!
You’ll need the right to work 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
In partnership with our universities, support can be provided for applicants with disabilities and other needs.
This may be delivered through specific support from your university, additional training or resources, and consideration of your needs by ourselves and/or your host school.
As with students across our Alliance, we will endeavour to provide support on a bespoke and individual basis wherever possible. If you have a disability or additional need, please contact us to discuss this.
Minster School Nottingham Road Southwell Nottinghamshire NG25 0LG
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