Our School Direct programme lasts for the full academic year (September - July), during which time successful applicants will be based in a host school from our partnership of schools, with excellent experience in ITT, alongside attending a full range of professional studies sessions and PGCE sessions at the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training base.
In the Autumn term trainees begin the course in early September for an induction week at the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training base.
Trainees are matched with a host school and will spend the majority of their learning journey in this setting. A typical week is four days in school with one day at the training base.
Trainees will have a main teaching placement and a diversity placement over the course of the academic year. During these placements, in two contrasting schools, trainees are expected to gradually build up a portfolio of teaching and related evidence which enables them to demonstrate meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
The days at the training base are designed to include: Enquiry Planning Sessions, to support work completed in the school setting, Professional Studies Sessions, led by expert practitioners from across the partnership, Tutorial Sessions, with an allocated tutor for each trainee, Mentoring and Evidencing Sessions, designed to support trainees in their collection of evidence.
In addition to the award of QTS, trainees are able to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education through Sheffield Hallam University which is delivered as part of the training programme at the Yorkshire Wolds Training base. The award of PGCE is separate to the award of QTS and, in order to achieve this, trainees must study for, complete and pass two assignments set and assessed by Sheffield Hallam University.