School Direct/ITT

OUTSTANDING TEACHER TRAINING STARTS HERE

Your whole training year spent in excellent Primary Schools, beginning September 1st 2018

The Wessex Teaching School offers an exciting opportunity to train to teach with School Direct (Primary) in partnership with highly regarded schools in Somerset that are highly experienced in ITT.

Why train with us?

For the fifth year, and beginning on 1st September 2018, the Wessex Teaching School (Lead School:  Huish Primary School, Yeovil) offers an exciting opportunity to train to teach with School Direct (Primary) in partnership with the University of Exeter, Somerset Partnership Teaching School and highly regarded schools in Somerset.  Distance learning online modules mean that attendance at university is rarely required.

For those trainees who express interest and demonstrate aptitude, there is the opportunity to undertake enhanced training in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  This programme of study follows the primary route but also includes a special school teaching placement (approximately 10 weeks) and additional training in SEND.

All trainees will undertake placements with excellent practitioners within the network of schools, providing a range of contrasting experiences.

Between them, all our schools offer significant experience and expertise in every aspect of the academic and pastoral curriculums, with many staff regularly being used to support training in other schools.  Focussed professional develoment and consistently high expectations ensure that approaches to teaching remain innovative and that pupils achieve well.   Such expertise has been harnessed to design and shape a training programme which promotes the highest standards in teaching and learning, offering trainees outstanding provision.

Eligibility to Apply

Minimum degree required:   Upper Second.

GCSE - all entrants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and a science subject.

Degree -  An honours degree at minimum 2:1 classification.
Candidates who narrowly fail to meet their 2:1 predicted grade may still be considered if their potential and aptitude for primary teaching was sufficiently demonstrated at interview.   This will be considered jointly by the Wessex Teaching School, Somerset Partnership Teaching School and the University of Exeter and, together, a final decision will be made.

Professional Skills Tests - All entrances must have been passed the professional skills tests prior to starting the course.

Selection
All trainees will be subject to a rigorous selection procedure designed to assess suitability for teaching.

If you wish to be considered for the enhanced SEND training programme, please acknowledge this in your UCAS statement.  Please provide details of your current SEND experience, knowledge and understanding.

Please note: Trainees who are offered, and accept, a place on the Primary course, but are also interested in pursuing the SEND programme will be required to undertake a further selection process to access this enhanced training.

For further details and an informal discussion, please contact: Ian Baker, ITT lead, Fiveways School 01935 411384 or email ibaker@educ.somerset.gov.uk

What we are looking for:

Enthusiasm
Enthusiastic pupils come from enthusiastic teachers who understand their role and the needs of the children.

Eager to learn
The best practitioners are those who remain eager to learn throughout their careers and who respond positively to advice.

Confident with and able to engage children
Excellent teachers know how to motivate and challenge their pupils to ensure that the highest standards are achieved through engaging learning.

Good organisational skills
Teaching is a highly rewarding yet complex job. Good time management and organisational skills lead to a more effective teacher.

Commitment to hard work
Although highly rewarding, teaching is a demanding career. Excellent teachers understand the dedication required to ensure the highest outcomes for their pupils.

Able to establish good relationships with adults
The teaching role requires the ability to establish positive relationships with other adults in an environment where collaborative working is essential.

Empathy and resilience
These two qualities which we hope to develop in children are key to a successful teaching career.

Experience
We expect all applicants to have some prior experience of working or volunteering in a mainstream primary school.

In addition, applicants wishing to be considered for the enhanced SEND training programme must also have some prior experience of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

How we select our trainees

Selection for interview
The University of Exeter will check that applicants satisfy the entry criteria. Representatives from the lead school will read applications and shortlist for interview.

Candidates invited for interview will take part in a recruitment day which will involve a range of activities designed to assess suitability for teaching.

If you wish to be considered for the enhanced SEND training programme please request this in your UCAS statement. Please provide details of your current SEND experience, knowledge and understanding. Please note: Trainees wishing to pursue this option will be subject to a further selection process. Limited places are available. For further details and an informal discussion, please contact: Ian Baker, ITT lead, Fiveways School 01935 411384 or email ibaker@educ.somerset.gov.uk.

Candidates will be notified of the outcome via UCAS. Following this, successful candidates will receive a formal letter from the Wessex Teaching School/Somerset Partnership Teaching School detailing the offer.

About this training programme

Course Content
This is a PGCE training course with Masters modules, undertaken online (distance learning). A minimum of 120 days will be spent on placement in two different schools, offering contrasting experiences (For trainees accepted on the SEND enhanced training programme, one of these placements will be in a special school -  approximately 10 weeks).  In addition, approximately thirty days will be allocated to the school-based taught programme and a further thirty days to the Masters modules. As the school-based taught programme will be held in various partnership schools, access to your own transport will be essential. The school-based training will be jointly assessed each term by practitioners from the partnership schools and tutors from the University of Exeter, while the Masters modules will be wholly assessed by the University of Exeter.

The school-based taught programme has been designed by excellent practitioners with a wealth of experience from within the partnership schools and covers all aspects of the academic and pastoral curriculum; it is current and relevant. For some aspects of training, educational consultants, highly regarded by the Wessex Teaching School and the Somerset Partnership Teaching School, are used to further enhance provision.

Assessment
School-based training involves ongoing assessment and development however these will also be formally assessed each term by practitioners from the partnership schools and tutors from the University of Exeter. The Masters modules will be wholly assessed by the University of Exeter.

Fees
This is a fee paying route costing £9250.

Funding
http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/postgraduate-funding

Schools we work with
Mainstream Primary:
Huish Primary School, Yeovil (Wessex Teaching School)
Preston C of E Primary School, Yeovil
Oaklands Primary School, Yeovil
Castle Cary Primary School, Castle Cary
Ash Primary School, Ash
Chilthorne Domer C of E Primary School, Chilthorne Domer
Martock C of E Primary School, Martock
Long Sutton C of E Primary School, Long Sutton
Keinton Mandeville Primary School, Keinton Mandeville
Greenfylde C of E First School, Ilminster
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Primary School
Wincanton Primary School
Birchfield Community Primary School, Yeovil
Countess Gytha Primary School, Queen Camel
Primrose Lane Primary School, Yeovil
St Benedicts C of E VA Junior

Special Schools:
Fiveways School, Yeovil (Somerset Partnership Teaching School)
Avalon School, Street
Critchill School, Frome
Selworthy School, Taunton
Penrose School, Bridgwater
Oaklands Primary School (ASC Base), Yeovil

Secondary Schools:
Preston School, Yeovil

Fiveways School is the lead school of the Somerset Partnership Teaching School Alliance. It is a designated school for pupils aged 4 to 19 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
For those trainees who express interest and demonstrate aptitude, there is the opportunity to undertake enhanced training in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This programme of study follows the primary route but also includes a special school teaching placement (10 weeks minimum) and additional training in SEND.
Trainees wishing to pursue enhanced SEND training will be subject to a further selection process. Limited places are available. For further details and an informal discussion, please contact: Ian Baker, ITT lead, Fiveways School 01935 411384 or email ibaker@educ.somerset.gov.uk

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