Our School Direct courses are all year-long programmes and successful trainees will end their year with Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE.
All trainees will attend lectures at Newman University, on average once per week. A university mentor will be named to support you and observe lessons. The remainder of the week will be spent in a ‘home’ school in Coventry or the surrounding area. You will be a full-time member of staff within the school, only missing days to attend university. In school you will have an allocated mentor who will offer support as you develop your skills in teaching and learning.
You will spend the majority of your year in your home school but you will have a short placement at a different school for your supplementary school experience halfway through the year. Following this, you will return to your home school until the end of the academic year.
For 2021 the secondary courses we are running will be English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. These courses are all ‘training’ places, meaning trainees will not receive a salary during the year. You will, however, be eligible to apply for any bursary applicable to your subject. For primary trainees, we are offering both salaried and training places for 2021. Salaried trainees are paid as unqualified teachers for the training year. Please check the primary course code carefully before you apply.
Newman University essay expectations vary depending on the course but all trainees will be well supported to ensure the academic aspects of the training year can be achieved as smoothly as possible.
Whilst in school, trainees will be immersed in the daily life of a teacher, supported by experienced colleagues. You will benefit from the professional development opportunities provided by your school in addition to what is provided by your university time. Assessments are in the form of essays and shorter tasks interspersed throughout the year.