School Direct Teacher Training

Lees Brook Community School is delighted to offer School Direct places for the academic year 2019-20 in the following subjects:

• English
• Science
• Modern Foreign Languages – French or German
• Geography
• Physical Education
• Dance

Our School Direct programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby and provides trainees with the opportunity to learn and develop in a range of contexts.

All trainees successfully completing a programme will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 credits towards a Master’s Degree from the University of Derby.

Benefits of School Direct

School Direct is a fast growing route into teaching. It typically suits people who are keen to spend the maximum time in the classroom during their training year and feel part of the school community.

In partnership with the University of Derby, an ‘Outstanding' provider, to deliver a first class, school-based route in to teaching. We offer opportunities to train across a wide range of subject areas. You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Why choose the School Direct route?

We offer a PGCE qualification, the same as you would achieve through a traditional University route, but with a greater emphasis on the vocational element of the training. This makes the School Direct route ideal for those wanting a career change, those with significant school/education experience, or those who prefer a ‘hands-on' approach to learning.

The benefits of our School Direct route are:

• September start and July finish – understand the narrative of the whole school year

• Regarded by students and staff as a full member of the school community

• Be part of a wider community of trainees

• Access to Subject Knowledge Enhancement

• More contact time with classes than a traditional PGCE

• Weekly training sessions with the university and experienced teachers throughout the course

• Enhanced placement opportunities; such as SEND, Overseas visits and Alternative Provision

• Variety of assessment methods, including lesson observations, essays, posters and vivas

Teacher Taster days

Teacher Taster Days are an ideal opportunity to gain an insight into teaching and access support with your application.

The day includes:

· Guided tour of the school

· Opportunities to meet with teachers from your chosen subject area

· Observe some lessons in your chosen subject area

· Meet with current trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers

· Observe a tutor group

· Session on UCAS applications and interview tasks


How to Apply

Applications are made via UCAS. Further information about the application process can be found on their website:

Please note that when applying you are not applying to work at a specific school, your individual training experience will lead to you being deployed in the schools which the Trust feels will offer you the best possible opportunities to complete your training successfully.

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate potential and show strong commitment. In order to apply for a place on School Direct with us, you must have:

• A relevant degree: a 2.2 UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification is preferable • GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics or a recognised equivalent qualification • Passed the English and Maths QTS Skills Tests • • A high quality personal statement submitted as part of your UCAS application

All places offered are contingent on successful applicants also meeting the ‘suitability’ (DBS) and ‘fitness to teach’ (mental and physical health) requirements.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the NARIC to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before you begin training SKE’s are available in most subjects. They are usually free and some incur a bursary of up to £200 per week. SKE courses are arranged once a conditional offer of a place has been accepted with a teacher training provider.

Please note that all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills tests before starting teacher training.

Many Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a teacher are answered on the following site:

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