The course is a full time, one year Initial Teacher Education qualification introducing you to the requirements for teaching to the 11 – 16 age range. Where appropriate, opportunities to experience post 16 provision will be available. It has been designed to enable you to demonstrate evidence of having met the Teachers’ Standards that lead to Qualified Teacher Status. . You will be well supported in becoming a critically reflective teacher capable of inspiring pupils to learn, achieve and flourish. You will be supported and taught by specialist tutors with excellent experience, knowledge and research informed expertise. Partnership schools provide opportunities for you to learn about pedagogical approaches relevant to your subject specialism and the professional responsibilities of all teachers.
You will have two School Based Training placements, where, with the support of a teacher mentor and a university subject tutor, you will develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher. Training to teach is exciting, rewarding and demanding. By the end of the course you will be well prepared for employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
Schools in the University of Hertfordshire schools' partnership have a proven track record of strong engagement with Initial Teacher Education. Schools are evaluated and monitored in relation to the quality and effectiveness of school based training provision. School’s commit to enact the terms of the University of Hertfordshire Partnership for Initial Teacher Education.
During the course you will undertake School Based Training in two contrasting secondary schools:
The first school placement will take place between September and December
The second school placement will take place between January and June
Your School Based Training will total a minimum of 120 days. In addition to the two main placements you will:
visit a primary school to consider Year 6 transition
visit a special school to explore effective differentiation and inclusion for pupils with complex learning needs
visit a school demonstrating excellent provision for pupils with English as an additional language
The University of Hertfordshire partners with a wide and diverse range of schools with whom we have a strong working partnership based upon the vision to work together to develop teachers with the confidence to:
make professional judgements to enable the development and learning of all (Agency)
articulate how research has informed their practice and contribute to new thinking and new ways of working (Professional Voice)
respond innovatively to a changing educational landscape (Resilience)
strive to ensure a child's learning and life chances are not limited by social or economic factors (Social Justice)
During School Based Training you will be teaching students in the 11-16 age range. Where appropriate, you will have the opportunity to experience post 16 provision.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
In your application and during the interview process, you will need to demonstrate an ability to train to teach through the following:
Genuine care for children’s learning, progress and achievement
A commitment and passion for your subject specialism
Your motivation and interest in training to teach
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
A commitment to working with children and adolescents and improving their educational outcomes
The ability to be organised, adaptable and resilient
A willingness to work and learn from others and to be responsive to feedback
School and experience dependant but usually Point 1 on the Unqualified Teachers pay scale
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
A growing Alliance based around Hemel Hempstead, Tring and Berkhamsted. Our aim as an Alliance is to build upon the excellent collaborative working practice which already exists amongst our schools. Each school houses its own outstanding practice and we work together to share ideas, strategy and provision wider to benefit so many more students.
Our School Direct Teacher Training positions provide a unique opportunity to work within some amazing departments within Dacorum schools. As an Alliance we are operating a “Centre of Excellence” model where, in order to ensure that our trainees receive the best mentoring and support, we will only place trainees in departments and schools that have consistently demonstrated excellence in their practice. This will mean that trainees will be mentored by experienced staff and will benefit from being surrounded and supported by outstanding teachers. We aim to serve our local area by providing training and employment opportunities within our community
We are supported and guided by the University of Hertfordshire who ensure that all trainees receive the level of support appropriate to their level of experience, ability and confidence.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Each year the University of Hertfordshire welcomes a significant number of students who disclose a disability and/or have other needs. The University seeks to create a fair, inclusive culture where everyone feels valued
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to ensure that it meets the needs of disabled people and has policies that are intended to support all students both in their studies and in developing their professional practice.
If you have a disability or other need we encourage you to disclose this and any other relevant information that could support your studies.
The School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire provides both academic and practice placement support for teachers in training with disabilities and other needs.
One key aspect of the PGCE course is to raise awareness of mental health and well-being and to support the removal of unnecessary workload.
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