Our unique school direct programme maximises your time in school and in classrooms. You’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Exceed SCITT and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by a University. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course.
A strength of this course is the way in which theory and practice are related as a result of extensive time spent working with children in at least two schools. Throughout the programme, you will develop an understanding of the theories that underpin good practice, observe good and outstanding teaching and reflect and evaluate your impact on pupil progress.
This course is targeted at teaching pupils aged between 3 and 7 (Foundation Stage and KS1). The programme is organised into three stages which gradually take you from the beginnings of planning and teaching to being a competent and confident, professional, reflective practitioner. Our unique programme focuses on the National Curriculum so that each trainee develops strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil progress. Another key strand of the programme is Professional Practice, such as effective behaviour management and understanding inclusion. We also recognise that each trainee is an individual and we will ensure that the programme is bespoke to meet individual needs as personal well-being is also very important to us.
Each candidate will be allocated a class based mentor. You will work with the mentor, receiving weekly tutorials to celebrate successes and work on areas for development. Your mentor will work with you to jointly agree your targets and next steps for development as a teacher.
Every aspect of the programme is led by practitioners/tutors working in our partnership schools. All of our practitioners/tutors have proven expertise in their subject and professional knowledge. We encourage a reflective approach to your learning so there is time to discuss, model and work with other trainees to share best practice you have observed.
If you’re wanting to train to be a teacher and make a difference to children’s life chances, there is no better place to train than in our partnership schools. Leeds is a fantastic place to train to teach and our schools will provide you with a wealth of experience for starting your teaching career.