LEAD SCHOOL FOR THE STEP TEACHING SCHOOL ALLIANCE
Schools Direct PGCE Programme (Primary) working in partnership with the University of Leicester
What is the Schools Direct PGCE Programme?
Schools Direct is an initial teacher training programme for people who wish to become primary school teachers. Trainee teachers spend the majority of the programme in schools, working alongside skilled practitioners and, for the taught element of the course, will be at the University of Leicester, ranked in the top 20 Universities for Initial Teacher Education. Participants of the course have access to the university’s facilities for the entirety of the programme.
The programme runs from the beginning of September until late June. On completion, successful trainee teachers will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) that carries 60 credits towards a full Masters degree.
The difference between a traditional PGCE and a Schools Direct route into teaching is as follows:
- The teaching school is part of the screening process, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate
how you interact with children.
- The teaching school organizes placements within its alliance of schools so you have a good idea
of where your teaching placements are likely to be based.
- As well as having a tutor from the University, a co-ordinator will follow your progress closely on all
three placements, taking into consideration your interests and needs. We can also give you the
opportunity to take part in CPD events taking place across our alliance schools.
Why choose Thrussington C or E Primary School?
The cluster of schools in the STEP Teaching School Alliance, led by Thrussington C of E Primary as the lead school for Schools Direct, are all academies offering high quality education to children north-east of the city of Leicester. Their outstanding schools have combined to offer a structured experience to new entrants to the teaching profession drawing on the excellence of practice throughout the group. The schools range from small village primaries to large urban community school, enabling us to offer a wide range of learning and teaching contexts for trainees to experience.
As a cluster of schools, the particular area of expertise, is in 'outdoor learning', where you will be able to learn from outstanding practice in a Forest School and one with its own farm. Expertise is also offered in EAL (English as an additional language) and opportunities to support gifted and talented learners through specific structured programs. The cluster of schools also will provide opportunities for enhanced use of ICT to enhance pupil learning. Applicants with a background in French will also be able to engage with expert teaching in this area.
Students will be able to work with a number of schools to benefit from the areas of expertise offered by each. Placements will be arranged to ensure that students experience a range of learning contexts, including mixed age-range teaching. For more information about the range of schools in the STEP Teaching School Alliance, visit their website: http://stepteachingschool.co.uk
What are the entry requirements?
English, Mathematics and Science GCSE grade C or above for Primary
English and Mathematics GCSE grade C or above for Secondary
Honours degree, 2:1 or above
A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy
How much will it cost?
Home and EU: £9,000.Students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.
How to apply?
Applications can be made through the UCAS Teacher Training (UCASTT) website: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training
You can also find our more information about the University of Leicester at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/education/pgce/routes-into-teaching-1
For more information, please contact:
Mrs Louise Castilla (Initial Teacher Training Coordinator) – firstname.lastname@example.org