We are pleased to offer the School Direct programme for the primary phase. We offer both Salaried (suitable for trainees with 3 years or more of employment experience) and Training (unsalaried) programmes.
Trainees within the Portswood Teaching School Alliance (PTSA), spend 4 days a week in their base school and one day per week training at either the University of Southampton or in one of our Alliance schools.
Trainees undertake two main placements, one in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2, in different schools. Your diverse school placements will enable you to apply and develop your understanding as you plan, teach and assess across the primary curriculum, with the guidance of experienced practitioners. School-based training offers a structured progression in supportive classroom contexts.
Training focuses on the professional skills and knowledge you need to become a well-informed and effective primary teacher. Central to the programme is Teaching and Learning, which provides a generic grounding in issues relating to practice and policy and develops your understanding of how children learn and how teachers teach. In parallel, we provide a thorough introduction to the primary curriculum, with a strong focus on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, along with ICT. You will also be introduced to the wider curriculum (Physical Education; Religious Education; Personal, Social and Health Education; Art; Music; Design and Technology; History; Geography).
Each School Direct trainee is assigned to a class in the base school with a teacher-tutor, overseen by an experienced mentor. Mentor meetings are scheduled weekly as you are supported in your ongoing development. The PTSA and University tutors will also be available for support throughout the year. Training commences by working alongside the class teacher, initially with small groups of children and gradually builds up to working with an entire class.
You will regularly review your progress towards the Teaching Standards with your mentors and tutors, as well as completing Directed Activities and projects/assignments through the University.
On successful completion, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (bearing Masters level credits). This award leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.
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