This PRIMARY (SEN) UNSALARIED School Direct training programme is being offered at Whitefield Academy Trust (www.whitefield.org.uk) and the university of East London (UEL).
Entry requirements: GCSE Maths/English/Science of grade C or above, and a degree of 2:2 or above.
All successful candidates are recommended to undertake some school experience prior to the start of the course. The experience of working with children in an educational setting will give you a clearer insight into the learning environment, new teaching methods, and the chance to observe the teaching skills of experienced practitioners.
What we are looking for:
Experience of working with SEN pupils
Interest in, and commitment to, education and young people.
Enthusiastic about working with SEN children, and possess an ability to relate to them. On the training programme, you will be supported to develop good working relationships with teachers and their pupils.
Communication skills are very important to a teacher's role and your skills can grow and develop through teaching and your school experience. Throughout the course, you will have the chance to take part in discussions, and read/respond to written materials. We provide training that will help you develop a wide range of interpersonal, communication and writing skills to meet your needs and professional demands.
Becoming a teacher is very much about being a team member, and this will be reflected over the tenure of your programme. You will need to work effectively on joint projects, work as a member of the team and accept leadership roles. It may be beneficial to have a keen interest or hobby as you could bring this to the school as an extra-curricular activity.
How we select our trainees
We require two references, of which one will be academic. For applicants who finished their studies more than five years ago, we realise that this may not be the most appropriate. In such cases, employers or teachers from the school(s) you visited whilst gaining your school experience can be used to provide a reference; they would be able to comment on your suitability for the teaching profession.