The Researchers in Schools (RIS) Programme offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise your academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities. RIS is a three year programme, for details please refer to the RIS website: https://researchersinschools.org/
In the first year all RIS participants complete Initial Teacher Training to gain Qualified Teacher status. RIS participants at the LWA SCITT follow the School Direct programme as outlined below.
The School Direct 11-16 course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner who can provide creative, challenging and purposeful teaching. Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course you will receive training on 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 sharing developments 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 into teaching and learning and to research an aspect of your practice in school. The University is at the forefront of computing education, with staff contributing to curriculum development, publications and policy at national and international level.
Trainees learn about the challenges and opportunities of teaching computer science, IT and digital literacy across the 11-19 age range. The course looks at how approaches from the world of software development, such as agility and craftsmanship, have parallels in the classroom, and can be applied to teaching and learning in programming and digital media. The course equips you to develop your students’ computational thinking and ICT capability, within and beyond the subject curriculum. You will also gain an understanding of primary school and have a second, contrasting, school placement.