Our school direct programme is a 37 week, full time school-led course that leads to QTS and a PGCE with Master’s credits.
You will be based at St Matthew’s for your training, but you will need to complete a short second placement with one of our partnership schools. This will give you a balance of experience across two contrasting school settings.
After your induction week, you will be based in school Monday-Friday. On a Tuesday morning, you will attend cross-phase taught sessions at our learning hub. These sessions are designed to give you an understanding of the elements of your professional role that lie outside the national curriculum. These sessions are delivered by a range of speakers who are experts in their field.
You will also attend weekly twilight sessions. These will help you to develop your curriculum and subject knowledge for primary teaching as well as assisting with planning, delivery and assessment. There will be an appropriate focus on the core subjects of English and Maths but we aim to develop your confidence in delivering the whole primary curriculum. These sessions will be delivered by subject specialists from St Matthew’s and our partnership schools.
As this is a school-led programme, you will spend most of your time in school, learning from excellent practitioners. You will start by observing good practice in St Matthew’s before starting to team teach alongside your designated school-based trainer. You will then have the opportunity to deliver solo lessons before you begin your assessed teaching practice on a 50% timetable.
During your school placements, you will be supported by your School Based Trainer (SBT) and a Professional Tutor (PT). You will have a weekly one-to-one with your SBT and regular meetings with your PT in order to review progress against the Teachers’ Standards. In addition to this, you are also supported by a Subject Leader and the team of Titan experts.
QTS is assessed by your classroom practice, a portfolio of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards and a reflective practice folder.
The PGCE is assessed through 2 written assignments and 1 research task.
This is a demanding, although highly rewarding, course and we look forward to supporting you in all aspects.