This course will enable you to study across the Primary age range in schools that are experienced in supporting school direct students. We have links with a primary special school and students visit as well as days in a Secondary School. A second placement is normally arranged with one of our partner schools.
As lead school we are a flagship school for Inclusion and you will gain knowledge in a range of SEND and EAL.
We have a schools direct lead who meets with all students in the summer term before starting the course for our own induction alongside the University induction days.
Students attend school 4 days a week and one day at University.
Depending on previous experience the timetable varies to ensure each student is treated as an individual.
You will have a professional mentor and a teacher mentor in school who will both make sure you do not feel overloaded with work. Our schools direct lead also checks in on all students to ensure they are supported and progressing on the course.
The teacher mentor will observe and give feedback normally weekly once you are taking class responsibility. The professional mentor will also observe you with the tutor from the University. These are very much developmental observations to support your progress on the course.
You are contracted to work at your base school and will be allocated a year group with an experienced teacher. Most of your placement will be in this class, you will have a second placement within school in a different key stage.
In the Spring term you will have a placement in one of our partner schools to broaden your experience of school contexts. There are also visits arranged to our local special school and a Secondary school.
We take into consideration where students live when we look to place them as well as ideal Key stage you would like to be based in.
Age range is from 3-11 years of age.
We are currently partnered with 7 schools but this could increase.
You need to have passed or be planning to pass Maths, English, Science GCSE equivalent to grade C or above.
You must have a second full degree or above or planning to pass by summer 2020.
You will need to be motivated and resilient to ensure you are able to cope with the course both in terms of University and time in school. You will need to be organised and willing to ask for help if needed.
At interview you will need to bring original academic certificates, photographic ID, marriage certificate or deed poll if your name has changed.
There are no fees or costs to students. You are paid as an Unqualified teacher scale 1 from 1st September 2020-30TH June 2021
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
We are an experienced lead school for salaried school direct students with the significant majority of our trainees completing the course with an outstanding grade.
We work with a number of schools and have a dedicated lead practitioner who oversees the programme across all schools. Alongside the University of Hertfordshire we hold induction days where all of our students have time to meet each other and they have built supportive networks.
As a forward thinking school there are opportunities to develop other skills alongside the course such as outdoor learning, thinking skills.
As a school with flagship status for inclusion there will be opportunities for additional training and experiences.
About the accredited body
We have an extensive partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. We work alongside them to offer enrichment weeks and placements for other students.
The visiting tutors that have worked with us to visit students have been approachable, supportive and offer feedback that supports continuing further development.
When invited for interview you will be asked to take a 15 minute lesson which will be observed by 1 or 2 members of the interviewing team. There will be a short group activity where you will meet some children. There is a written task that you are given 45 minutes to complete-this is sent into the University along with all other interview paperwork.
You will be interviewed by 3 members of the interviewing panel; there are set questions that are asked to all candidates.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We treat every student as an individual and make all reasonable adjustments to support a disability or other need.
We meet with the student to complete a risk assessment and look at how we can adapt the environment/resources. This could be access to a lap top and spell check and support so that the student can pre plan learning in more detail to check for correct spellings.
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