Our Secondary teacher training programme for Physical Education is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Alliance – FWA, Loughborough University (Teacher Training rated Outstanding by Ofsted) and five local secondary schools all with a Good Ofsted rating.
The School Direct programme runs in parallel with Loughborough’s provider-led PGCE programme.
During the course, all trainees undergo four school placements: one in a primary school at the start of the course, one in a special school mid-way through the course, and two teaching practices (either side of the Christmas and Easter breaks) in different, contrasting secondary schools.
School Direct trainees spend both secondary school teaching placements in two of the alliance schools, schools are determined jointly in negotiation with FWA and Loughborough University.
Your 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, creative engagement, PSHE and form tutoring.
In school, your subject teaching will be closely monitored and supported by a mentor in the department. Senior members of staff hold overall responsibility in each school for the training of trainee teachers, including tutorials and the provision of opportunities for professional development and whole school concerns.
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of PGCE and 90 credits at Masters level awarded by Loughborough University and Qualified Teacher Status.
This course differs from our other Physical Education course on offer with the University of Derby in that training for this course will be solely provided by Loughborough University and no time will be spent training with FWA Hub, although placement schools are the same. You will however, be joining our other trainees from University of Derby when you all attend the week long Special School Experience (SEND) at Forest Way School.