This salaried Primary general teacher training programme leads to a recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE comprising of 60 credits at Masters level.
For the duration of the course you will be in school for 4 days a week, apart from assessed periods where you will be in school 5 days.
Within school, you will have a host mentor who will have undertaken a training programme at Sheffield Hallam University to develop their mentoring skills, including coaching and classroom observation.
You will take part in our bespoke twilight Programme, delivered by outstanding practitioners from partner schools within the Alliance. All practitioners have strengths in ensuring the progress of vulnerable groups of learners and in leading the development of innovative and creative pedagogy.
You will develop the professional knowledge, understanding and skills required to be an outstanding practitioner through participation in training such as:
The effective use of data to inform intervention and planning and target setting;
Assessment for learning personalised and differentiated learning
Effective behaviour management and nurture approaches
Key theories underpinning child development and attachment disorders
Professional expectations and the wider role of teachers
Career development and preparing for interview.
Our programme is further enhanced by attendance one day a week at Sheffield Hallam University for further subject-specific development and accreditation work. Sheffield Hallam University will also provide intensive preparation for your school placement at the start of the autumn term.
We work with Primary Schools across four different Local Authorities and you will have the opportunity to experience Special school settings as well. You will become part of the team allowing you to train alongside experienced and specialist teachers.
We follow the Sheffield Hallam ABA model, where you will spend the majority of your course in one of our partner schools, supported by experienced and supportive staff, one of whom will be assigned as your host mentor. You will undertake a second contrasting placement in another of our partner schools in the first half of the Spring Term.
Throughout the duration of the course, you will be in school for 4 days a week, apart from assessed periods where you will be in school 5 days a week. The assessed periods are in your host school.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with children, with a desire to share that with children of all abilities.
We also want our teachers to be able to effectively meet the learning needs of pupils who may have a diverse range of educational needs.
Experience of working with children of this age range would be very helpful, particularly if in a school setting through previous employment or voluntary work.
Before you start the course, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check.
The host school will pay the salary which will be at least the bottom of the unqualified teachers’ pay scales.
Tuition fees are paid by the teaching school alliance.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Josie Thirkell Institute of Education offers teacher training across the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region
We are a values driven alliance and we believe relationships do make a difference. Through School Direct, we recruit, nurture and develop new and exciting talent to the profession as part of our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning in our schools.
Our Alliance comprises of a range of Primary, Secondary and Special School partners including PRU provisions. Therefore, we can offer you a wide and contrasting range of teaching and training opportunities. We are committed to ensuring that your training experience provides you with tailored support, thereby maximising your chances for success. Many of our trainees have gone on to secure employment in our schools.
We aim to better meet the social and academic learning needs of our students, thereby enhancing and improving their life chances in society and the world of work.
About the accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University are the School Direct Provider with Josie Thirkell Institute of Education being the Lead School. In 2017 The Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) received their first ever ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted for early years’ teacher training – alongside an ‘Outstanding’ rating for their Primary teacher training and ‘Good’ ratings for Secondary/Post-16.
On completion of the course you will receive a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) including 60 masters credits as well as Qualified Teacher status (QTS).
Our recruitment process is shared across the partner schools within Josie Thirkell Institute of Education.
There is an initial selection process based on how applicants meet the qualifications and experience criteria. Should you pass this ‘initial sift’ successfully, then it is likely you will be called to interview.
Interviews take place in our partner schools and the panel may include representatives from Josie Thirkell, Sheffield Hallam University and Senior Leaders from our partner schools.
The interview process is designed to enable you to show the extent to which you have the potential to become a great teacher. The interview will consist of a range of tasks designed to test your knowledge and skills in order for you to become an effective teacher.
We will inform you in advance about any pre-interview guidance for the other activities as required.
During the interview, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to staff and children and ask questions. Although please be aware if successful you may not be placed in the school in which the interviews are taking place. However, we do organise pre-visits to designated placement schools further into the process.
You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.
Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Disability Support at interview:
If you have a sensory or physical disability, dyslexia, a mental health or medical condition, please let us know if you need some support during the selection process. We recommend you contact both ourselves and University Admissions within three days of receiving an invite to interview so we can arrange (for example) extra time in order to complete reading or written tasks if required; a sign language interpreter; a note taker; materials in a different format; wheelchair access. We will try to accommodate your requests so that you can fully participate in the interview without any disadvantage.
All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.
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