Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary art and design, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the art and design classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice.
Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
You will acquire knowledge and experience of teaching
You will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and up to 60 Masters level credits.
We are proud to be able to offer a quality experience at Sir Harry Smith Community College. Therefore, we are very careful when allocating trainees to placement schools and usually locate our trainees at schools within the Fenland so that travelling is not too onerous.
Usually, you will have two placements, starting at Sir Harry in the Autumn term and then having placement two from January - June the following year.
Sir Harry are able to offer experience of teaching from 11-18 dependent on subject specialism.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in art and design or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
We are looking for individuals who have the potential to become independent, creative, innovative, collaborative and resilient practitioners.
An ability to communicate with a range of audiences ( eg parents, carers, students, colleagues) is desirable.
A genuine willingness to learn and to self-reflect are both important qualities for this role.
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Work experience in school is desirable.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Lionel Walden Primary has linked with Sir Harry Smith Community College in order to deliver high quality primary and secondary School Direct training courses within Fenland, NE Cambridgeshire. Our partnership with the University of Bedfordshire enables successful trainees to achieve a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status.
Both schools have the expertise and commitment to deliver high quality training and support to trainee teachers. In recent years, trainees have been very successful in gaining employment, predominantly in Fenland schools.
Lionel Walden Primary (LWP) has strong connections with primary schools across Fenland meaning that we can offer a diverse range of high-quality placements from small village schools to some of the largest primaries in the country. Our high expectations and passion to enable children to be the best they can be runs through LWP and our partner primaries.
Sir Harry Smith (SHS) is located in Whittlesey. Its close proximity to Peterborough means that there are regular trains and buses to the town with the bus stop being a five minute walk from the school.
SHS has a very dedicated and supportive team of staff who work closely together. Each department is equipped with a mini staff room which is a quiet, secure base for planning, sharing ideas or simply having a cup of coffee. A number of our teachers completed the School Direct programme and are very willing to share their experiences with trainees. SHS will equip you with a laptop and a supportive professional development programme.
Following a successful application you will be invited to visit Sir Harry Smith Community College whereby you will have a tour of the college, meet key staff, complete a classroom based activity and have an interview by the Professional Tutor. Shortly after you will attend a formal interview at Bedford University where you will also be able to meet other potential trainees and become familiar with the University setting.
A decision will be made shortly after the interview process.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Lionel Walden Primary and Sir Harry Smith Community College are very inclusive and therefore welcome applications from people with disabilities and other needs. We are happy to discuss specific requirements prior to application.
The University of Bedfordshire is an inclusive and empowering university. Particular care is taken to ensure that individual needs of all students are met. Encouragement is given so that students can reach their potential in a supportive environment. Disability access information can be found on the university website.
High Street Doddington March Cambridgeshire PE15 0TF
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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