The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train. Again, fees must be paid. Please note that gaining a place on the School Direct (Salaried) route does not guarantee a sponsoring school to pay your salary. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a sponsoring school.
As a trainee with St John Vianney (Lead school) you will be training in one of the 30 primary schools in Hartlepool under the Together to Succeed Alliance alongside the school who has agreed to sponsor your trainee and provide your salary.
As a School Direct trainee with Durham University’s PGCE Course, you will follow their comprehensive academic programme which will provide you with an excellent range of teaching and learning strategies and a broad curriculum knowledge.
Both Core and all Foundation subjects are studied in depth and you are given the opportunity to put this learning into practice both with the university and on school placement.
As a trainee with St John Vianney, you will spend every Thursday and Friday either: at St John Vianney’s taking part in seminars or class based activities, your school or on an Enhancement focus day looking at English as an Additional Language (EAL), Early Years or Special Educational Needs (SEN)
In addition to your weekly days in school, you will complete block placements throughout the year. Your Preliminary placement will be in two blocks: one of four weeks and a second of three weeks ( in a school not your salaried school) These will take place before and after Christmas.
Your main teaching placement will begin around Easter, in your school providing your salary. Your assessed teaching block will last for ten weeks but you will continue to work at this school until the end of the academic year.
As part of the course, in Partnership with Durham University, will be expected to submit assignments relating to your learning and development. These three submissions are at Masters level. These submissions are assessed by University tutors and staff. The University Progress board will also make the final recommendation for QTS at the end of the course.