Our School Direct Early Years (non salaried) programme is a one year Initial Training Programme for those who want to teach Early Years children.
If you want to teach Primary, please see our course code 2S4X [https://www.find-postgraduate-teacher-training.service.gov.uk/course/2AN/2S4X].
Shropshire Primary Partnership is a lead school in partnership with the University of Chester. We offer two bespoke training centres based in Wem and Shrewsbury both of which are set aside from the main school buildings. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher. Our partnership has learning at its heart, combined with a passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
Our Associate Teachers will complete a total of 180 days of training. 60 days will be academic study and 120 days will be based in the classroom, observing and building up to whole class teaching as soon as possible. Our programme is designed to maximise school based time to enable our Associate Teachers learn in a practical manner.
The benefit of School Direct, as opposed to the conventional PGCE, is that the School Direct programme is based around school embedded learning with trainees spending a minimum of two days per week in classrooms from the second week of the programme resulting in more confident, independent and effective teachers.
Trainees will be trained as part of a supportive group and modules will be delivered across the year to all Shropshire Primary Partnership trainees. There will be a range of modules including Meeting Children’s Needs - within and beyond the classroom, Pedagogical Excellence, The Creative and Effective Curriculum and Reflective Practice.
University staff will deliver the PGCE elements of the course at The University Centre, Shrewsbury and local practitioners will lead tuition in the subject specific areas. A typical week may include one day’s university training, two day’s school-led training (some of which will include personal study) and two day’s classroom practice implementing theory into practice. This flexible structure with its blend of academic and practitioner expertise ensures that theory is embedded into practice at the earliest possible opportunity.
Successful completion of our programme will provide candidates with Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years (3-7) Education.