The Achieve with TELA School Direct programme is an established programme with a successful track record working in partnership with University of Leicester.
The course structure during your training year is split between time at University and two high quality teaching placements over two schools. During your school placement you will have an experienced and supportive mentor in school and cover teaching practice across the varied secondary age ranges.
Achieve with TELA also offer Professional Study days, giving you the opportunity to visit different schools and meet different educational professionals and senior school leaders. Achieve school-based sessions are delivered by people working and teaching in the current education environment. You will also be part of the Achieve pedagogy twilights sessions that run during your school placements. You will be part of the Achieve cohort with other trainee teachers studying across different subjects and Universities.
Taught sessions at the University link theory with practice and prepare you for your teaching placements and completion of your assignments. These sessions introduce you to the principles and theory of good teaching practice and prepare you for your placements. These take place in the School of Education and are delivered by University tutors. On the secondary course, you’ll focus on preparing to teach your particular area of specialism.
Throughout the course you’ll be supported by a personal tutor who’ll meet with you regularly to provide guidance, as well as monitoring your progress. On each of your teaching placements, you’ll also be supported by a visiting University tutor whose role is to ensure things run smoothly and that you have the best possible experience.
Your progress will be assessed throughout the course by your personal tutor, school-based mentors and other University tutors.
You’ll also be required to complete two, 5,000-word written assignments. These are closely linked to the time you’ll spend in school and require you to reflect critically on your experience and learning during your placements.
All students on our PGCE course begin on the Masters-level route. Depending on your attainment in the written assignments, you’ll graduate with one of two awards:
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which provides 90 Level 7 Masters credits.
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which does not carry Masters level credits.
For students who meet the assessment criteria, both qualifications lead to recommendation for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).