What can the MTSA School Direct course offer you?
As an associate teacher you become part of our ‘MTSA family’, we offer bespoke high quality experiences, professional support and training.
You directly gain by having teaching placements across a network of schools with contrasting context, that also includes cross phase and a Special School. High quality support from trained mentors will support you professionally and personally. Professional study sessions are delivered by outstanding teachers and our Specialist Leaders of Education. At the end of the course you will have both QTS and a PGCE with Masters level Credits and be supported in your NQT year. Also throughout the year are additional experiences not offered via the traditional PGCE route and are bespoke to you. e.g. first aid, communication with parents/carers, growth mindset training etc We want you to be the best you can be!
Associate Teachers currently have 4 assignments to complete, along with several shorter ‘reflection points’. In addition to this, when you are on teaching placements, you will need to complete planning, evaluations, marking and self-assessment against the teaching standards. These will be monitored and/or assessed by your mentor.
Your teaching will also be observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least 1 joint observation with your professional mentor and 1 joint observation with your University link tutor. These are the people who will be available to support and mentor you through your training.
Can I refresh my subject knowledge?
As a primary school teacher not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset. As an Associate Teacher, you can identify parts of your subject knowledge that you need to refresh or deepen. Your training sessions at school and University will assist here, but you are expected to fill in gaps in your subject knowledge autonomously in order to be confident and competent in teaching accurately.
What proportion of my time is spent in school and at University?
Associate Teachers spend 29 days in University, 18 days on school-based training and have 120 days teaching experience.
How do I become a qualified teacher?
The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the teaching standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assessments, assignments and observations completed during your training.