Successful applicants for the 2023-24 School Direct Programme will work in two schools - a base school and a second school, which will provide a contrasting setting.
Trainees will follow a school-based programme that will enable you to work alongside outstanding practitioners developing the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become inspirational, creative and purposeful teachers.
As a trainee you will have full access to Canterbury Christ Church University and all its facilities.
It is a requirement of all QTS courses that trainees get at least 60 days (or equivalent) training through the year, comprising at least 15 days of taught sessions at the University and ongoing professional development activities provided by the school.
Development in school will be supported by a mentor who will help you in your progress towards meeting the standards for QTS.
Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject or phase, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.
In additional to the professional studies content, all trainees will undertake various Curriculum Studies modules. These involve work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject or phase. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to develop your appreciation of what works and how.
Trainees will be welcomed as full members of the staff team and encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life including professional development days, monitoring and evaluation activity, extra-curricular activities and community events.
QTS Pathway – all students
Throughout the course you will be assessed by your mentors and tutors who will grade you at key points to help you understand how well you are meeting the standards for QTS. At the end of the course you will have a final assessment. This will take the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether you have met the standards for QTS.
School Direct PGCE Pathway
In addition to the above assessment process for the recommendation for QTS students who have opted for the School Direct PGCE Pathway will be required to submit three 4,000 word equivalent assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level.