Our School Direct programme allows you to qualify as a teacher within one year. We have created a school led teacher training programme, with a commitment to ensure all trainees have the potential to be outstanding. You’ll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to experience teaching as it really is, whilst working alongside and being mentored by outstanding practitioners.
The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in secondary education with QTS and 60 Masters credits. The programme is divided into two main themes:
Developing Biology Specialist Subject Knowledge:
You will have the opportunity to develop your subject teaching in a stimulating way, using different methodologies and new technologies to inspire and engage young people. We will help you develop your understanding of the Biology curriculum; how learners make progress in Biology; planning and curriculum development in Biology, examination requirements and inclusion issues in Biology.
Supporting Learning and Progress in the Secondary School:
We will prepare you for the classroom allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching skills and understanding of how to meet the needs of all learners. Themes include how young people learn, teaching and learning techniques to support pupils’ progress; behaviour management, assessment, inclusive, creative and innovative teaching methods and how to plan lessons and sequences of lessons. You will research evidence based learning theories, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and begin to develop your own educational philosophy.
Your training will incorporate school based practice with weekly professional learning delivered by leading practitioners and Huddersfield University. Professional learning will take place in our training centre at The Maltings in Halifax. At the training centre you will work with a group of trainees from other subjects, which will allow you time to collaborate, share good practice and engage in peer support.
Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you’ll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through small workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms as well as specialist subject groups.
Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence.