Up to 80 days faculty-based training (face to face or directed study)
Up to 120 days school-based training and experience (practising and school staff led)
Time in school will be sub-divided into: School based training – non-assessed
School based training – assessed practise
There are Four Assessed Modules:
Core Curriculum worth 20 Credits at Level 7
Assessment:- 1 x 3000 word equivalent
Foundation Curriculum worth 20 Credits at Level 7
Assessment: 1 x 3000 words equivalent
Professional Studies and Leadership worth 20 Credits at Level 7
Assessment: 1 x 3000 words equivalent
School Based Training 1 &2
Assessment: Pass/Fail - Successful Practice & Standards Met
Depending on your specific qualifications and background, the Professional Studies and Leadership module gives you an opportunity to specialise in a particular area. For example:
Early Years (Birth – 7)
Design & Technology
School Experience 1 is in the autumn term, you will complete preliminary visits and a block placement. This placement will develop your understanding of the range of teaching, learning and professional skills as outlined in the Teachers’ Standards (DFE, 2012) in the context of one to one and small/focus group teaching building up to taking more responsibility for whole class teaching. You will be summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.
School Experience 2
For some School Direct trainees, placement 2 will be in a different school but you will return to your first school for placement 2. Your School Direct partnership will organise your placements but we will have an overview of where your training is taking place.
Part 2a is in the spring term, you will complete preliminary visits and a block placement. You will work with children and small groups identified by school data to support ‘closing the gap’ targets and will teach all core subjects and a selection of foundation subjects. You may also undertake some whole class teaching. You will be formatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.
Part 2b is in the summer term and will be in the same school as Part 2a. You will complete preliminary visits and a block placement. You will start with a minimum teaching commitment of 60%, building up to 80% of the timetable by the mid-point. This placement will be summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.
Where are the schools?
Our region covers all of Wolverhampton.
You will be aware of the schools which work within your School Direct partnership and your placements will be arranged accordingly.
In addition to trainees having the drive, passion, enthusiasm and commitment to
education and young people, the following criteria applies to the School Direct routes:
Degree or equivalent - All applicants must hold a first degree with a minimum of 2.2 classification or equivalent.
GCSEs - GCSE English, Maths and Science - grade C or above or their equivalent on enrolment
The interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a range of qualities which will include:
A commitment, and understanding of primary education and the role of the teacher
A positive attitude towards children and to working with children
Ability to self-evaluate, to problem solve and to show resilience
Ability to build relationships quickly, to value others and to get the best out of them
Good general knowledge and clear, accurate spoken and written English
How we select our Trainees
The selection process includes a collaborative approach between BCU and ConnectEd
Partnership TSA. Candidates will be assessed on:
Personal and Professional Qualities
Ability to work at Masters Level
Evidence that prospective trainee has been observed in a primary teaching situation and demonstrated to the satisfaction of an experienced teacher/headteacher that they have potential to be successful
A broad range of subject knowledge, especially in English, mathematics and science
The ability to engage in professional discussion and debate on current issues
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral forms
Trainees on this route do not have to pay tuition fees. This is paid by the lead school to the ITT Provider.
The trainee will be paid by the employing school at least on Point 1 of the Unqualified Teachers Pay scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
ConnectEd Partnership is a unique partnership of over 100 schools, mainly based in Wolverhampton that have come together to share skills, experience and capacity to improve learning outcomes and achievements of our children and young people in their schools.(Please see ConnectEd Partnership’s website for a list of partnership schools).
ConnectEd is a school direct provider who works in close strategic partnership with the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham City University to offer primary and secondary school led programmes.
Successful primary students will carry out their placements in partnership schools that have the capacity,expertise and proven track record in training students to become effective teachers.
ConnectEd’s secondary school direct programme is currently a partnership between Highfields Secondary School, Aldersley High School and the University of Wolverhampton.
Due to the extensive nature of our partnership, ConnectEd can offer a wide range and breadth of experience to ITT students. For example our Special schools will offer support and training to trainees wishing to specialise in working with children and young people with Special Education and Disabilities.
Gaining school experience can make a valuable contribution to your application process. Connected offer structured pre - placement experience work experience days to prospective applicants that will take place in one or more of our partnership schools. Completing a 5 day ‘Passport to Teaching Programme’ can guarantee you an interview on the School Direct Programme.
Visit ConnectEd Partnership’s website for further details and information.
The Assessment session will include the following:
A General Knowledge (Curriculum Knowledge) Test
This will assess the breadth of knowledge that the government and the university acknowledge is vital for primary teachers who teach across the curriculum.
All questions relate either directly or indirectly to Primary Education and the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 &2.
The test covers a wide range of areas of the curriculum including mathematics, English, science, geography, history, music, art, PE and RE.
A group discussion
This will assess understanding of some issues surrounding primary education and the challenges and rewards of working with children. This will also assess communication and interpersonal skills.
A written task
This will assess your understanding of an issue within primary education. This will also assess written English.
One to one interview
This will enable candidates to draw on personal experiences to demonstrate understanding of primary education, the role of the teacher and their attitudes towards children.
Observation of teaching
Training with disabilities and other needs
ConnectEd’s School Direct Route is fully accessible to all and will make reasonable adjustments where required.
ConnectEd Partnership Berrybrook Education and Business Suite Greenacres Avenue Wolverhampton VV10 8NZ
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