All our placements take place in the beautiful Forest of Dean - a rural area between the Rivers Severn and Wye. 30.5% of the population live in four market towns, the remainder in smaller, rural and widely scattered settlements. Some areas are in the most 10% deprived wards nationally for “Education, Skills & Training” and “Income Deprivation Affecting Children”.
You will be teaching children aged from 5-11 years and placements are provided across 13 of our partnership schools. When placing students, we consider individual requests for placements alongside the strengths, weaknesses and previous experience of our students to ensure you are in placements which provide the best learning environments for your needs.
Unlike PGCEs, School Direct students are based in school from the start. Our programme comprises of three school placements enabling you to spend most of your training in the classroom. The placements will cover Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in at least two separate schools. We also ensure that you gain experience of teaching in mixed-age classes as well as working in different types of schools such as Church and academy /grant-maintained schools. Each placement has an assessed period where your teaching will be observed and assessed by your mentor, our Lead Mentor and the UofG's Link Tutor.
Placement 1 (September – December 2020):
You will observe and reflect on your practice and with support, plan, teach and assess groups and whole class, with 60% teaching by the end of term.
Main Placement (January – March 2021):
Planning, teaching and assessing the whole class with increasing independence with 75% teaching responsibility for final 5 weeks.
Enhancement Placement (April – June 2021):
An opportunity for you to pursue personal targets and develop the range of your experience whilst continuing to undertake a 75% teaching commitment.
Visits will also take place to other settings such as an alternative provision school, EYFS pre-school and a special school.
In addition, you will have a comprehensive CPD programme covering every area of pedagogy and the curriculum ensuring that once you are qualified, you can hit the ground running as a teacher.