Our School Direct programme for Primary Teacher Training is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Teaching School Alliance – FWTSA, the University of Derby and approximately 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 venue 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.
Your placements will be at Primary Schools within FWTSA, all placements are arranged by Forest Way TSA, you will not be expected to find your own placement.
Trainees will have the opportunity to work in a variety of schools with additional visits to other schools. You will spend the majority of the autumn and summer terms with your main school placement and the spring term with your second school placement. You will also have the opportunity to experience a Special School and a bespoke placement based on individual needs. Throughout the year there will be visits to local schools with a specific focus e.g. differentiation, phonics etc.
Please see our website www.forestwaytsa.org Alliance Partners page for details of all our partner schools and links to their websites.
You will need to be working towards or have gained the following:
Minimum 2nd class degree
GCSE at C/4 or above in English, maths and science,
Academic and professional references
You will be required to satisfy the University that you are physically and medically “fit to teach”.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required and will be undertaken by the University of Derby before you begin the course
We are seeking to recruit highly motivated and inspiring individuals who are excited about the School Direct PGCE and have:
a genuine commitment to teaching
excellent communication skills
ability to form good and effective relationships
awareness of current educational issues
energy and a sense of humour!
experience in educational related settings, or wider experience of working with children
Please use your personal statement to highlight these qualities and give us a clear picture of why you want to teach.
Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.
To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Pease note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.
If you are training to be a teacher, you can get finance for your Initial Teacher Training PGCE.
Bursaries are also available – these don’t need to be repaid but they do vary according to the subject you’re planning to teach and the classification of your first degree.
Find out more about paying for your teacher training on the Get Into Teaching website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/)
Training with Forest Way Alliance
Forest Way Alliance is based in the North West Leicestershire area and our accredited providers are University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University. We have over ten years experience of delivering both Primary and Secondary School Direct PGCE.
Your placement will be at one of our Alliance schools. With 40+ primary, 5 secondary and 5 special schools, there is a huge array of expertise on hand which gives trainees a great breadth of opportunity.
Our teacher training is led by our Programme Manager and a team of experienced practitioners offering a wealth of educational skills and knowledge, and are dedicated to the professional development of outstanding teachers. Working with our partners we have developed a programme which incorporates hands on work at schools, regular time at university and, where appropriate, practical, locally based training by skilled and experienced practitioners ‘doing the job’.
Our Alliance is progressive and proactive with a major focus on career development – from Initial Teacher Training right though to headship.
Training at FWA Hub takes place in our local training venue. Primary and Secondary students will undertake some joint training and will have the opportunity to network. For details of student facilities at our partner universities please see their individual websites.
Interviews will usually take place at Forest Way School and dates will be set as required throughout the year.
The interviews will comprise of:
Group discussion on selected topics and current educational issues
Completion of a Literacy and Numeracy test (subject to change)
Visit to class to meet pupils and teachers (where possible)
The interview panel will be a selection of:
FWTSA School Direct Programme Manager
FWTSA Lead Practitioner
Senior teacher from an Alliance school
You will need to bring the following with you to the interview:
Photo ID (Passport/Driving Licence)
Original Degree Certificate (if available)
Original GCSE Certificates for English, maths and science
Training with disabilities and other needs
Forest Way Alliance and our accrediting providers, University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University, are committed to Equal Opportunities for all trainees, and support is available for candidates who require it. Please make clear any support you may require.
Forest Way Alliance Warren Hills Road Coalville Leicestershire LE67 4UU
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