Our School Direct Secondary English course is all about turning your passion for English texts, language and drama into a rewarding career as a teacher. The extensive school-based experience will help you develop your understanding of practical teaching strategies to inspire your pupils by bringing English to life. This classroom learning is combined with a wide range of theoretical techniques explored with academic tutors, giving you the skills to manage a variety of teaching scenarios.
You will learn to ignite your pupils’ interest in the English language and great literary works by using drama and technology.
You will become a storyteller in your lessons, developing pupils’ understanding of fiction, non-fiction and media texts and their cultural importance. You will also learn how to select appropriate materials to match the different abilities and level of understanding of your class and how to use creative techniques so pupils understand how to write for a specific audience to have the maximum impact on the reader.
Our School Direct course is a school-led training programme which combines practical in-school training with theoretical research-based studies undertaken at Leeds Beckett University. We are convinced that the supportive, personalised in-school training delivered by our partnership schools, combined with the academic challenge provided by experienced university tutors, nurtures excellent new teachers who are ready and eager for the excitement of a fulfilling teaching career.
For the vast majority of the course, you will be based in a partnership school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will usually attend the Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus one day a week for key module seminars.
The course requires you to go to two contrasting schools, we offer a placement at Woldgate School, which is rurally located and Longcroft School located in the more urban area of Beverley.
The school based element of this course is split into three placements, these placements range in time from between 7 to 9 weeks.
Placement one : Woldgate School or Longcroft School
Placement two: You will switch schools, so if you were in Woldgate School during your first placement, you will switch to Longcroft School for your second placement. Whereas if you were in Longcroft School for your first placement you will go to Woldgate School for your second placment.
Placement three: You will switch back to the school you were with during placement one. So if you started in Longcroft School, you will return there during your final placement. Similarly, if you started your first placement at Woldgate School, this is where you will return to for your third placement.
We will endeavour to place you in the school closest to your home for two placements, if places in this school are still available.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
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Your degree subject should be in English 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.
We are keen to hear from prospective trainees who share our people-centred approach and we will be looking for these qualities:
Enthusiasm for your subject and for working with young people
A genuine love of learning that you want to share with others
Initiative and creativity
A clear desire to help children grow intellectually and as individuals
Strong communication skills
The Learning Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for all posts.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
This is not a confirmed fee.
About the training provider
At the Learning Partnership Teaching School Alliance our aim is simple: we want to inspire our teachers, trainees and children with a love of learning that lasts for life. Our people-centred approach to teacher training means that, like our pupils, you will be known and cared for as an individual. We are passionate about providing a high-quality, innovative programme that will inspire and fully equip trainees to become outstanding teachers.
Training with us means you will benefit from the combination of excellent teacher-mentors, substantial school-based experience in outstanding classrooms, and high quality professional studies sessions led by a team of experienced academics at Leeds Beckett University.
Throughout your time with us, you will be supported and challenged to achieve your best by caring mentors who have a wealth of experience of outstanding practice. In addition you will receive have access to the full CPD programme offered by the Trust and dedicated Trust Training Days with the Directors of Education.
Our Partnership prides itself on its holistic approach to the development and education of young people and teachers alike. If you share our vision and people-centred focus, we’d love to hear from you.
Placements are across our Partnership including in Pocklington, Melbourne, Stamford Bridge and Beverley.
The interview process will consist of a short presentation, a written task and a panel interview. The panel will be made up of three Partnership members of staff.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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