Our School Direct Programme involves spending four days a week in one of our settings and one day a week at the University of Sunderland.
On the School Direct route your work-based learning is based in the school. You will have a School Mentor and a University Tutor who will assess your written work and your teaching practice. You will also have support from a University Mentor.
During your time in University, assessments will be a mix of written assignments, case studies and one to one assessments of your teaching practice. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. You will be in University for an average of 15 days during the full training year; the University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research.
Our programme will be salaried.
You will be based in one of the following five schools for the vast majority of your placement:
Plains Farm Academy
New Penshaw Academy
You will have two placements during our School Direct Programme and both will be based in one of our Trust schools but we will ensure they give you two contrasting placements which will deepen your knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, 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 looking for candidates who are enthusiastic about working with young children and who have the determination, resilience and commitment to become outstanding teachers.
You should be passionate about teaching and want to motivate, challenge and inspire all children to achieve their personal best. You should have effective communication and interpersonal skills.
You must be able to establish and develop outstanding relationships with children and staff.
An enhanced Disclosure and barring Service (DBS) check
A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)
The successful applicant will be paid at the rate of Unqualified Teacher 2.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Inspire Multi Academy Trust is a unique group of five primary schools located in Sunderland. Our vision is to create a family of outstanding schools with clear purpose, direction and objectives. The major aim of each school is to create and foster a culture of high aspiration to enable and empower pupils to achieve to the highest levels regardless of their social or economic background. These outcomes are achieved by high quality teaching which is responsive in meeting the individual needs of our children.
Our School Direct Programme can offer you:
highly skilled and motivated mentors able to address your developmental needs
contrasting placements across the Trust allowing a breadth and variety of teaching experiences
a training plan tailored to your needs which is fluid throughout the year
Burnside Academy is the Lead School for the Alliance working in conjunction with Sunderland University.
School Direct interviews include staff from both the school and university. We will require you to demonstrate your understanding of teaching via a brief presentation. You may be asked to read a story to children, teach a short lesson to a class, or be interviewed by young people on the School Council.
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
We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement:
“We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability. “
The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia.
On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:
Website: Disability Services Email: email@example.com
Tel: 0191 515 2952
Burnside Estate Houghton le Spring Tyne and Wear DH4 5HB
Support and advice
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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