Our School Direct (salaried)programme provides you with the opportunity to be immersed into life in a Special School. This is a full time course where you will become part of the staff team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You will experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved the wider school including, CPD events and a range of whole school events. As a salaried trainee you will be supported in managing your own class at Castle Hill School.
Alongside this you will receive 2 days per week of high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by experienced teachers and University tutors.
Opportunities for trainees to work or study collaboratively is a focus of our training programme. We also provide opportunities to attend relevant CPD events as well as team building activities across the year.
In addition to your time at Castle Hill School you will also complete a placement during the Autumn Term in a mainstream Primary School.
Our Primary PGCE with QTS programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. During this course you will undertake two 30-credit masters level modules to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. The modules are taught by University of Cumbria lecturers who ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to inform your teaching and provide a toolkit to take forward in your career.
This collaborative approach to teacher training ensures that students have access to both excellent school-based practice and well-regarded academic input which has been planned to create a coherent and valuable learning experience. This training is delivered by the University of Cumbria within our alliance based in Kirklees
There are 3 formal assessed placements as part of the programme.
Mainstream placement in the autumn term( Beginning)
SEND placement in the spring term(Developing)
SEND placement in the summer term(Extending)
You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in 3 different school settings.
As a salaried trainee you main placement will be at Castle Hill School.
Students are supported through their placements by a school based mentor. A personal tutor is also allocated to each student to support them throughout the programme. There are a number of observations carried out followed by reflective feedback and evaluation. All students work with their mentor to set targets against the teaching standards throughout their placement
You will require a degree with a classification of 2:2 or higher. In addition you will also need GCSE English, maths and science grade C or above.
Where a candidate doesn’t hold the relevant GCSEs equivalency tests are available.
In addition having experience of working in a Special Educational Needs environment is desirable.
We are looking for a trainee teacher who is passionate about supporting pupils with SEND. You must be adaptable and flexible as well as being able to demonstrate a good level of resilience.
A good knowledge of child development and an understanding of a Total Communication approach is essential.
Above all we are looking for someone who is committed and passionate about making a difference in the classroom.
You will require a DBS
You will be paid in accordance to the Non-Qualified Teacher pay scale.
We will cover course fees of £9250
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Castle Hill School is the lead school of Pennine Teaching School Alliance.
As a special school we are able to offer our trainees high quality placements within an SEND setting. We are working in partnership with other local SEND schools to ensure that you are provided with a broad experience of SEND during your time as a trainee teacher.
Not only will you have the opportunity to train with in an SEND setting but you will also spend time on placement with one of our strong partner primary schools.
All teachers that train with us will complete their training qualified to work as a mainstream Primary teacher or work within an SEND school.
This route is ideal for all primary trainees that have in interest in supporting SEND or who have the aspirations to the be SENCos of the future.
We are a small partnership, holding all of our training seminars in schools giving you real opportunities to experience the life of being a teacher.
By being a part of a small cohort of trainee teachers we can ensure that we are able to provide personal, dedicated support. One size does not fit all.
We are working closely with the University of Cumbria to be able to deliver this highly specialised programme. The University will provide the PGCE course content as face to face learning at Castle Hill School.
Castle Hill School works in conjunction with the University of Cumbria to select suitable candidates to take through to our interview process. This will include initial safeguarding checks and whether candidates meet minimum entry requirements.
If selected for interview you will be invited to attend interview at Castle Hill School. The interview will consist of an analysis of academic writing, a lesson observation and formal interview questions.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As an SEND provider we are well equipped and experienced in supporting a range of needs.
We will consider all applications based on their own merits and we actively welcome applications from suitable qualified individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of race, disability, religion, belief or sexual orientation.
We would encourage our trainees to talk to us. We want to support you to become a successful teacher.
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