The Swaledale Alliance School Direct programme is a 10 month programme. The programme runs under High Force SCITT with the PGCE awarded by Northumbria University. The programme provides you with the necessary experiences required to become an effective teacher. Focussing closely on the National Teaching Standards, the structure of the programme has been tailored in order to provide high quality training, effective mentoring and varied school experiences that develop your skill base and ensure you are fully equipped to enter the teaching profession. A Professional Tutor and the Lead Mentor support you throughout your training.
This rigorous programme provides you with a wide range of experiences across a varied Alliance of schools. You will spend 120 days in school settings and will encounter one of the most varied range of schools in the country. From small village schools with 20 pupils on role to large schools (400+) in Darlington and in Catterick , Europe’s largest Army Garrison with a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. You can gain a wealth of experience and the prospect of employment within the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.
You would undertake four placements during the programme with a minimum of two being in different settings. The placements focus on particular areas of teaching and trainees are fully supported by School Based Mentors in each setting.
You are provided with detailed training sessions that allow you to collate the evidence required to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Evidence towards these standards is submitted at various points throughout the programme where Professional Tutors assess the evidence. These skilled Tutors are able to support you and provide constructive feedback to enhance your development.
Also, you will spend 60 days at the training centre at High Force, Barnard Castle. Here you will be taught the skills required to be an effective teacher and have access to a range of experts including leading practitioners, SLEs and Senior Leaders.
The Swaledale Alliance has an excellent working relationship with High Force SCITT who are an ‘outstanding’ training provider (Ofsted, 2015/16) with a 100% pass rate.
This excellent combination will provide you with the hands-on experiences and quality training to ensure you are fully prepared for the role of a teacher in the 21st Century.