School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. The programme aims to create highly qualified, highly skilled teachers, who are an integral part of a school community, with the expectation that successful trainees are employed within the alliance of schools on completion of the programme.
You don't need to worry about being thrown in at the deep-end on our programme. Within your placement schools, you will be supported by an outstanding and well-trained classroom mentor and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, in partnership with an experienced professional tutor from our University partner, UCL Institute of Education. Alongside our committed ETSA training team, you will be supported every step of your journey to reach the professional standards of teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status alongside your PGCE qualification. Your timetable and teaching responsibility will increase as you gain in confidence and skill.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school and complemented by attendance at UCL, Institution of Education, ranked number one in the world for teacher education. You will join the Primary PGCE course at the Institute, alongside trainees on the core PGCE, and have access to the full PGCE programme. In addition, by being part of our cohort of ETSA trainees, you will also develop a strong professional support network with other School Direct trainees, who understand and share the School Direct teacher training experience alongside you.
Core modules focus on pedagogy and its practical implications and include 'Teaching and Learning', a 'Specialism module' and 'Professional Practice'. The programme is delivered via lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study and you will be supported through a virtual learning environment. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. Final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of your teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study. More information can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) which includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion of the
PGCE also offers the opportunity to get 60 Masters level credits, which may be used towards gaining a Masters Degree either at the Institute or elsewhere.
This School Direct Primary PGCE programme covers age 5-11 (KS1 and KS2).