Our School Direct route leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma Primary Education (PGDipEd) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course combines school-based learning coordinated by the ‘Lead School’ with lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the University of Birmingham.
In school, you will learn from a range of experienced practitioners, particulary your personal mentor who will support you on daily basis. Mentors are also supported by a nominated induction tutor who ensures that all your training needs are met.
Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, student study areas and online learning support. Here you will be provided with pastoral, academic and professional support.
There are four main assignment tasks which are submitted throughout the year. These studies must show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. Educational studies are assessed by professional tutors and subject to moderation and review.
Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects. If you enrol onto the SD PGDipEd course you will follow the General Primary training route ( 5- 11 ) You will complete 2 school attachments across Key Stages 1 and 2 which will take place in 2 different schools across the trust.
On successful completion of your PGDipEd and your ECT induction period, you may return to study with the University on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.
As with all School Direct unsalaried places there is an intention, but no absolute guarantee, that you will be employed in your training school or if not, then a school within the partnership.