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 course is designed for those intending to teach French, Spanish or German as their subject specialism; all students must be able to offer French as either their first or second teaching language. The aim of the course is to give you an understanding of a variety of ways in which modern languages are taught in schools, including the use of the target language as the principal means of classroom communication.
You will be encouraged to try out a wide range of approaches to teaching and assessment, as well as strategies for organising the classroom for effective learning.
You will acquire an understanding of the structure and demands of the National Curriculum orders for modern foreign languages, and of the public examination system and E-Bacc. Although the course is officially designated as an 11-16 qualification, all students will have the chance to plan and teach at A-level.