Forest of Dean Schools Direct is an exciting one-year primary teacher training programme delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire (UofG) and the West Gloucestershire Schools’ Partnership.
Choosing our programme means you will be in the classroom from the beginning, enabling you to feel part of the team and a member of staff. You will have two substantial teaching placements in different key stages plus an enhanced placement in a different setting or in one of your previous schools. You will spend most of your time in school but will also attend regular Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions in the FoD delivered by our teachers and specialist experts plus some sessions at the UofG campus in Cheltenham.
Our CPD programme equips you with the tools, subject knowledge and understanding to teach all aspects of the curriculum from maths to history! This, coupled with our school-based approach, enables you to develop your professional skills in diverse and supportive settings, allowing you to put theory into practice in the classroom.
You will work alongside and learn from expert teachers in the different placements which include:
- single / mixed age classes
- town / rural schools
- church / non-denominational schools
- mainstream, pre-school, secondary, special and alternative provision schools
You will have a school-based mentor in each placement who will meet you on a weekly basis to monitor and review your progress, regularly observe your teaching and provide written/verbal feedback. In addition, you will meet with our programme lead mentor (who oversees the training programme) and our other students on a weekly basis to share your experiences and participate in CPD. You will also have a UofG link tutor who will visit you in school to observe your teaching and assess your progress. This approach enables your subject knowledge, pedagogy and development as a reflective and professional practitioner to be assessed.
Formal assessment takes place throughout the year - there is no final written examination. Assessment is by assessed practical teaching against the Teachers’ Standards, (you will be required to maintain a portfolio of evidence to support this) and two assignments set and marked by the UofG. This will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE. In addition, you will have gained a wealth of knowledge and skills to use in your future teaching career!
So – what are you waiting for? Come and join us!