Our Secondary School Direct programmes are through the @Exeter model with the University of Exeter. This means that our trainees get the benefit of a more school-based programme while at the same time being able to access the acclaimed University of Exeter PGCE course, delivered at The Graduate School of Education, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter.
Your main placement will be in a Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance school during the Autumn and Spring terms and the second placement will take place during the Summer term in a school with a contrasting profile. We aim to get a great match between you and your placement schools so that you can develop successfully in friendly, supportive departments reasonably close to where you live.
You spend the first month in your main placement school, including one week in a feeder primary school, completing preliminary experience activities and the induction phase. School based training will be supported by a Principal Subject Tutor (PST) in your subject and a mentor outside of your subject area.
The PGCE element of the programme is delivered through a ten-week, full-time study course at the University of Exeter, between late September and mid-December. Here you will access lectures and seminars focused on your subject area that will equip you with the key knowledge and skills to take into your school-based placements. We are passionate about the importance of subject-specific training: in our experience trainees develop best when they are taught about the specifics of their subject area.
Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance provides five additional seminar days, with the purpose of bringing our secondary trainees together to discuss and share their experiences, receive additional professional development from our highly-skilled specialist trainers and have the opportunity to engage in the most current educational research. You’ll also be given the opportunity to access workshops on getting your first job, including mock interviews with former headteachers. With over twenty trainees on our secondary programme in 2020-2021, Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance is a popular School Direct choice for trainees in Devon and the wider area.
We offer the following subjects at Secondary: English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages (French/German/Spanish), Religious Education and Physical Education. To find out more about the details of the PGCE component of each subject please visit the University of Exeter PGCE subject pages HERE