On the 38 week programme Associate Teachers time is divided between School Placements, and Professional Experience Sessions within our Teaching School Alliance. School Placements will take place in two schools across the Teaching School Alliance. The two School Placements will be in different Key Stages. You will also have a week experience at a Special School and a Key Stage 3 Experience, along with Early Years Foundation Experience as well. During your School Placements you will be supported by your school-based Learning Coach, and your PGCE tutor who will guide you in your professional development both in your role as a teacher and academically. Our course is highly personalised; Professional Experience Sessions (PES) take place in a range of primary schools within our partnership and enable you to gain valuable practical and hands on experiences. PES take into account what is contemporary and also needs identified by previous cohorts and existing practitioners. Outstanding Teachers lead you through activities where you work with children as well as participating in pedagogical workshops. You will become highly reflective and able to identify how to take the skills learnt into your own classroom practice.
Associate Teachers will be assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the Teaching Experiences and four assignments that focus on key areas of Teaching and Learning.
The aims of the programme are to:
Produce highly skilled graduate teachers who:
- are resilient
- are committed to an ‘open classroom’ ethos where best practice is developed through observing, collaboration and a commitment to ongoing professional development
- have a deep level of understanding of teaching and learning
- demonstrate a passion for their subject and working with young people
- exhibit professionalism in the workplace allowing reasoned judgement to be made in varying situations
This will be achieved through:
- increasing the amount of time an Associate Teacher spends in the classroom
- a focus on core teaching skills including reading, mathematics and managing behaviour
- working with outstanding practitioner on a day to day basis
- having access to outstanding departments in outstanding schools
- experiencing schools in a variety of different settings
Applying for School Direct
The next round of applications will be open from early October and stay open until the end of August.
If invited for an interview you will be expected to provide evidence of your qualifications and information about past experiences and education.
We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. The academic requirements set out by the Teaching Agency to enter the profession are;
- A grade C/Grade 4 (or better) in GCSE English and Mathematics and Science
- A first class degree (at least a 2.2) preferably in the chosen subject route.
- Completion of Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests