You will train to teach children aged 5 to 11 and this ten-month course provides training in all primary-stage National Curriculum subjects. It leads to both a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) and qualified teacher status (QTS).
Our School Direct programme includes both school-based and university-based learning. You will spend over 50% of your time training in our six alliance schools, as well as spending time at The University of Manchester, whose PGCE course has been graded as outstanding and is considered to be in the top ten teacher training institutions nationally.
You will spend a significant amount of time studying each of the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. You will also spend time studying Religious Education (RE), Physical Education (PE), history, geography, art, music, and design and technology.
Professional studies are a central component of the course, covering topics such as: pupil assessment; lesson planning; managing pupil behaviour; the role of the reflective practitioner; making primary education inclusive for all.
All training sessions deploy a wide range of teaching methods, including group discussion, practical workshops, lectures and presentations. You will be an active participant and driver in your own professional development.
The course offers a brilliant opportunity if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ and prepares you fully for a future career in teaching. You will spend more than 50% of your time in primary schools on teaching placements and will be immersed in school life.
As a School Direct trainee, in addition to teaching placements, you will receive 18 days school-based learning within the six schools in our alliance. In these sessions, you will be taught, coached and mentored by experienced, highly-effective practising teachers.
Your subject knowledge in English, mathematics and science will be audited regularly and you will also complete assignments relating to the teaching of English, mathematics, science, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The written assignments will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 master’s-level credits and guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from university tutors.
Your university-based learning will take place at The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus, adjacent to Manchester’s city centre. Your school-based learning will take place at: Hursthead Juniors/Infants, Handforth Grange, Bradshaw Hall, Oak Tree and Heald Place. All locations are accessible by road or by an extensive network of public transport including trains, trams and buses.