The Achieve with TELA School Direct programme is an established programme with a successful track record working in partnership with University of Leicester and other School Direct partners.
The course structure during your training year is split between time at University, with School Direct partners and three 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 age ranges.
You will also be part of the Achieve Primary Network sessions that run during your school placements and are led by a Primary Head teacher from TELA alliance.
Taught sessions with School Direct partners 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.
You will be required to select a specialism at the beginning of your course. In addition to Maths and Lower Primary, other options may include Inclusion, Science, and English (subject to availability)
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).