This course is supported by University of Warwick and prepares you to teach Physics to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Physics as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.
On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.
Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Science teachers.
You will be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.
You will work within the Creative Education Trust at one of our secondary schools in Coventry, Northamptonshire or Milton Keynes.
The School Direct route offers trainees an extended Professional Practice placement in one main school, supplemented by an additional placement (half a term) in a contrasting school.
This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings, whilst allowing you to contribute significantly to the life of your main school.
We ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Physics 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.
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
Applicants must also obtain:
An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.
The candidate will be paid as an unqualified teacher in agreement with the host school
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Our teacher training ethos echoes our commitment to the young people in our schools: to promote creative, integrated and pro-active thinking, ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. We work in partnership with a number of ITE providers to ensure that we are able to offer opportunities in a broad range of subjects throughout our geographically diverse Trust schools.
Creative Education Trust is committed to offering trainee teachers the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues. Whilst we are unable to guarantee employment, historically 100% of our graduating School Direct trainees have been employed in Trust schools and continue to be supported in their development through the Early Career Framework.
If you would like to explore opportunities to join us, we currently offer School Direct training at the following schools:
Ash Green School (Coventry), Wrenn School (Wellingborough), Weavers Academy (Wellingborough), Abbeyfield School (Northampton), Milton Keynes Academy (MK), Ellis Guilford School (Nottingham), Bulwell Academy (Nottingham), Lynn Grove Academy (Great Yarmouth), and Caister Academy (Great Yarmouth).
Should you wish to spend a day in school prior to submitting your application, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange this for you.
About the accredited body
The qualification gained on our School Direct programme is the same University of Warwick, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as that gained by students on the more traditional University-led teacher training programme and has judged to be “Outstanding” by Ofsted (2015) The University of Warwick has been placed 6th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and has been named by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 as the University of the year for Teaching Quality.
Candidates will receive details of their interview directly from the school. Interviews typically consist of:
A short lesson on a topic relevant to the class group selected (details will be provided on invitation to interview).
A short test to assess the candidates competency to process data and ability to work to the level expected for PGCE.
An interview with the Head of Department & the Lead ITT Mentor
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
Creative Education Trust is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.
Ash Green School Ash Green Lane Coventry West Midlands CV7 9AH
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