We are still accepting applications for this course despite the Coronavirus outbreak, and will be interviewing via Skype.
Our School Direct programme for Primary Teacher Training is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Teaching School Alliance – FWTSA, the University of Derby and over forty local primary schools, with Outstanding and Good Ofsted ratings.
The majority of your time on this course will be spent in a local primary school, gradually taking on the role of class teacher, working closely with an experienced and skilled practitioner and mentor. In addition, nine weeks will be spent in an additional primary school, focussing on a different phase to experience the full range of the primary curriculum. Trainees can choose if they wish to train specifically in either primary or special schools, or to complete a combination of the two.
The course usually starts with your main placement on the first two inset day in August so the trainee feels part of the school from the outset.
One day each week your training will be split between FWTSA Hub sessions, held at a local school and time spent at the University of Derby. This training will focus on all aspects of teaching pedagogy, including lesson planning and evaluation, behaviour management, literacy and functional skills, learning theory, diversity and inclusion, equality, safeguarding and creative engagement. A carefully devised programme of training has been developed between the university and FWTSA which enables a very wide breadth of skills, knowledge and strategies to be taught across the two establishments.
Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examination papers set by the University. At assessment points throughout the course mentors grade the trainees against the eight teaching standards. Regular visits from a Link Tutor feed into these assessments. At any point in the year support is available from the programme manager at FWTSA and from the university if a trainee requires it.
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of PGCE and 60 credits at Masters level awarded by the University of Derby and Qualified Teacher Status.