Our School Direct course consists of a variety of learning experiences, focused on practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participant’s knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments.
This course will be delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, who will award both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters level credits as a PGCE on successful completion.
You’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and will normally spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in up to two schools.
You will explore key aspects of primary teaching including managing behavior, planning and assessing learning. You’ll also consider creative approaches to teaching such as bringing historical characters to life, the benefits of learning outside the classroom, practical science experiments and investigations, and how theory supports classroom practice.
Some of the topics you will explore include theories of learning, behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, attachment and trauma-informed practices, safeguarding, SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) and non-verbal communication (such as body language).
You’ll also develop your research skills during these lectures, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion) you can explore research and use it to guide your teaching.
During your first weeks in university-taught sessions, you’ll explore curriculum pedagogies, professional responsibilities and expectations. You’ll work in small co-operative groups and also independently to update your subject knowledge and gain confidence before your first teaching placement.
We’ll also give you a full overview of the year to help you to stay organised throughout the course.
You’ll gradually put the skills you’ve learnt into practice and build your confidence in the classroom. After a period of induction, you’ll be supported by a class mentor and progressively take on the responsibility of whole class teaching. This will include planning, teaching and evaluating your lessons, assessing the children’s progress, and contributing to other aspects of a typically busy school life. You will, with support and mentoring, progress to teaching a 70-80% timetable in your final school placement.
When you’re on placement, Teach Manchester and your class mentor will support, guide and coach you. You will also receive support from your personal tutor at university and a university visiting tutor.