Our School Direct programme for Primary Teacher Training is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Alliance – FWA, the University of Derby and over thirty 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. You will also spend nine weeks 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 FWA 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 FWA which enables a very wide breadth of skills, knowledge and strategies to be taught across the two establishments.
Continuous feedback is offered throughout the course and there are no examination papers set by the University. At regular points throughout the course mentors judge the trainees guided by the CCF and a final summative assessment against the Teacher Standards takes place at the end of the course. Regular visits from a Link Tutor feed into these judgements. At any point in the year support is available from the programme manager at FWA 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 Forest Way Alliance, all placements are arranged by FWA, 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.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
The University of Derby will only accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing.Com or their own in-house equivalency test.
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 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.
If you are training to be a teacher, you can get finance for your Initial Teacher Training PGCE.
Bursaries are not available for Primary Teacher Training.
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.
You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.
Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.
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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