The School Direct training route will prepare you to teach Drama to students aged 11 to 18. You will spend most of your time in the base school but will also have the opportunity to complete a second placement for 6 weeks at a complementary school within our teaching alliance. You will spend 4 days a week in school and one day at Warwick University. You should consider this course if you have a passion for the subject and would like to contribute to young people’s development by supporting them to acquire a knowledge base for life long skills in Drama.
At Warwick University there will be a set amount of PGCE assignments to complete across the course. Within our school, you will receive specialised support from a subject mentor and a professional mentor. You will have regular mentor meetings to review your progress and reflect on how your teaching is developing. We aim to produce teachers who are outstanding in their practice, self reflective and engage in action research to support their further development. At Warwick University you will be taught by teams of highly experienced practitioners who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.
We partner with 3 different Secondary schools within our alliance. You may be placed at any one of these schools for a School Direct Training place, where they have indicated they have specialised subject support. You will be based in one school for the majority of your year with an additional complementary placement for 6 weeks in another school. You will teach across the 11 to 18 age range in your placements.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in drama or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for applicants who have a genuine passion for working with young people and supporting their development on both academic and personal levels.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
The fee for a School Direct Training place is paid directly to Warwick University by the applicant.
About the training provider
Southam College is the lead school for the established ‘Southam Teaching Alliance’, based in Warwickshire. We work closely as an alliance of secondary and primary schools with the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester as our HE partners. Southam College is an 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1684 students on roll, 320 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed.
Our last Ofsted report (September 2021) graded the school as outstanding, building upon the outstanding report of 2014 and 2011. We have used this accolade to spur us on to reaching even higher standards in everything that we do. This is inclusive of raising student achievement, providing a wider range of memorable experience and developing the quality of learning and teaching. In addition, we have continued to improve our facilities with the building of a brand new school with state of the art facilities.
Southam College was in the top 10% of schools nationally for Grade 9-4 GCSE results in 2022. 100% of our Sixth Form students gained A*-E in 2022.
There is a strong, supportive mentoring network at Southam College to support initial teacher training. We invest in our trainees from day 1 and seek to provide them with a sustained career in teaching.
Interviews will be held with the Head of the Teaching Alliance or a member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for Teaching and Learning (Designated Safeguarding lead) and the Head of Department at each of our partner schools.
The interview process will involve planning and delivering a 20 minute lesson, a formal interview, and time within departments to meet the team and Head of Department to ask any specific questions relating to curriculum/specifications. You will also be given a tour of the school where the interview is held.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
To support candidates with disabilities and other needs we assess how we can help on an individual basis. Southam College is an equal opportunities employer and we will seek to support trainees with additional needs wherever possible.
Southam College Welsh Road West Southam Warwickshire CV47 0JW
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