The School Direct 11-16 course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner equipped with the subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding to teach design and technology for the 11-16 curriculum.
Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course, you will receive central training at the SCITT one day a week, enabling you to make immediate links between taught sessions and school experience. These are delivered by outstanding current practitioners with the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors. The course is active and demanding, including simulations of classroom activities, group sessions and exploring the latest research in pedagogy.
The course is supported by the expertise of Roehampton University who provide teaching and academic support for a PGCE (M), library access and taught sessions by subject tutors. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in design and technology teaching and learning and to research an aspect of your practice in school.
It is anticipated that you will bring to the course some level of expertise in certain areas of the design and technology curriculum, but that you will require support with others. This support will be provided by course tutors and school-based mentors. At the start of the course you will complete a personal subject knowledge audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme. You will also gain the necessary health and safety certification for your specialist areas. You will develop an awareness of pupils’ individual learning needs and how this affects their progression. You will study assessment of work, the structuring of a successful unit of work and the organisation and management of design and technology in schools.
In addition to the primary focus of the course on teaching design and technology for the 11-16 curriculum, you will have access to a post 16 curriculum, an experience at primary school and a second placement in a contrasting school. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils’ competence in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities.