As a school-led Post Graduate Apprenticeship course the majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs. We utilise the resources of the school and our alliance partners to achieve this aim. Whether you are attending sessions run by e-Qualitas or additional professional sessions within your host school, you will be working towards meeting the national Teaching Standards. Within the school setting, as your confidence and knowledge develops, you will be mentored and guided to work towards managing a trainees teaching timetable by the final term of your course. You will then be prepared to teach a Newly Qualified Teachers timetable the following year. We will fully support you and tailor the programme as much as possible to accommodate your needs.
ALL FEES ARE COVERED BY THE APPRENTICESHIP LEVY
The Post Graduate Apprenticeship scheme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies. These may include sessions which:
Allow you to visit an additional second setting to enhance learning.
Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist area of the curriculum.
Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach effectively.
In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children’s learning through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources for your subject and understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering the curriculum.
When you are training with us you will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your ‘host’ school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term.
Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.
This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then return to your host school to complete your training.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Biology 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:
excellent communication skills
have a desire to teach and make a difference
like people and can interact with them appropriately
are determined, trustworthy and resilient
show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges
can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold
good time management and organisational skills in order to meet the demands of the profession
You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and a suitability to teach declaration.
Unfortunately this subject is not available for sponsorship under the Tier 2 Skilled worker visa.
There are no fees with this course. The fees are paid by the school from their Apprenticeship Levy.
You will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher scale point 1.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for School Direct within the Alliance. We train and develop teachers in north London, working in partnership with Middlesex University, Hertfordshire University and e-Qualitas.
We provide experienced mentors within the classroom and Lead Phase mentors provide additional support throughout the year. We are small (a cohort of 30 this year) but concentrate on quality with 100% pass rate of our cohort last year. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our training providers to ensure you receive a quality, tailored programme of learning and support.
e-Qualitas has been an ITT provider for over 15 years.
They support School Direct (salaried) and (tuition fee) places in primary and all secondary subjects. Most of the schools they work with are in London and the Home Counties, but we can cover a much wider area including East Anglia, the West Country and into the Midlands.
They also support teacher apprenticeship training through a school-based programme, supported by distance learning resources for independent study, a half-termly one-day visit by one of our specialist tutors, and 10-15 training days in central London (about 10 compulsory plus additional optional days).
The Head of Department at the ‘host’ school will be interviewing you along with a member of the Senior Management Team. A representative of the Alliance will also be involved. You will be asked to prepare a lesson or part of a lesson in your subject to deliver to a group of students in order to assess your interaction and communication skills with young people. You will also be asked to sit a brief literacy and numeracy task. You will need to bring your certificates and photo identification with you on the day.
All interviews are now being held remotely due to Covid-19.
You’ll need the right to work 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
Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our lead phase mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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