School Direct Herefordshire

School Direct Herefordshire programme is an inspiring and immersive school-centred training route into teaching. We are working with University of Worcester and our partnership schools to create an inclusive and innovative training programme. Our aim is to provide high calibre new teachers for the 21st Century.

As the DFE website explains School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a SCITT – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

As the DFE website explains School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a SCITT – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

Want to see our School Direct Teacher Training programme in action?

Come and meet the team at our open events where you will have the opportunity to meet the staff, children and current School Direct trainees at Lord Scudamore Academy (Hereford).

We currently have a number of School Direct non-salaried positions available. You may apply to train with us through the DFE website.

Successful applicants will have access to teaching experiences at HMFA (Herefordshire Marches Federation of Academies) which consists of 8 primary schools that vary in size. In addition, there are opportunities for placements in our other partnership schools. The teaching experiences will take place in different size schools in urban and rural areas. Trainees work alongside expert teachers and fantastic children.

The School Direct route puts school at the heart of the process and will provide a sustained school experience throughout the year giving success applicants the opportunity to be fully immersed in the school community.

  • Professional and relevant training in a school context along with all the benefits that a Higher Education Institution can offer
  • The opportunity to work alongside experienced teacher and colleagues who can offer examples of good practice, advice and support during the training
  • Training to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective teacher and to meet the Teacher’s Standards
  • The opportunity to achieve an academic Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS and to gain 60 credits at Masters level
  • The chance to enhance your training experience through a small scale research project in an area of your choice
  • The prospect of high employability within the diverse range of schools in the region
  • An internationally respected route into a career in teaching
  • Personalised levels of academic and teaching support from University tutors and school mentors
  • Training from academic staff with excellent research and publication profiles
  • Forward-thinking learning support resources, such as the first University-City jointly owned library: ‘The Hive’ in Worcester

Want to see our School Direct Teacher Training programme in action? Come and meet the team at our Open Morning where you will have the opportunity to meet the staff, children and current School Direct trainees at Lord Scudamore Academy (Hereford).

Thursday 18th November- 9:30-11am.

Thursday 3rd March – 9:30-11am.

Thursday 5th May 9:30-11am.

For further information on the School Direct programme at HMFA and to book your place at the open day please contact Sarah carter on 01432 273951

Trainees on the Primary School Direct Training will study the following modules:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice) – Covers a wide range of the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become an effective self evaluating practitioner, including how children learn, what impacts on pupil learning and progress and learning and teaching styles.
  • Subject Specialist Research – A small-scale school based enquiry in a subject in which you already have degree level/A level qualifications or significant experience
  • Core subject and Computing – English, mathematics, science and computing subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • Foundation subjects and SEND – Art, D&T, geography, history, languages, music, PE, RE, SEND subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • School experience -As this is a school led programme, the majority of training takes place in schools. There are three extended placements teaching in at least two different schools and two key stages. There are also many opportunities to gain additional experience in partner schools and settings
  • School mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme
  • Taught days at the University with subject specialist university tutors to link theory and classroom practice and to support research into written assignments
  • On – going assessments against the Teacher’s Standards
  • Collation of a portfolio of evidence throughout the course for meeting the Teacher’s Standards.

 

What you will study

Across the programme, trainees will study and be assessed across six modules including Early Years and National Curriculum Core and Foundation Subjects. Your school based training programme will reflect your University Programme. You will also study some modules at Masters’ level and gain 60 masters credits.

During the School Direct course you will be placed in more than one school. This will ensure that you experience a wide range of settings.

Teaching students may be placed at Lord Scudamore Academy and/or our partnership schools. See the list below of our partnership schools:-

  • Lord Scudamore Academy
  • Kings Caple Primary Academy
  • Llangrove CE Primary School
  • Sutton Primary Academy
  • Marden Primary Academy
  • St Weonards Academy
  • Pencombe CE Primary School
  • Clehonger C of E Primary School

We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with our children.

Academic requirements

  • Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) (for 2022 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency Test if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants until they achieve the required standard.

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsB@worc.ac.uk

Additional requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS check. You will be sent details of how to apply for your DBS in the summer term. You will need to pay for this. You may already be part of the DBS update service. Find out about the update service here. As part of the DBS process you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List.
  • A check against the Prohibition List.
  • If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.
  • An online occupational health check. All those on a teacher training programme must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the Department for Education.
  • International students: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

We currently have a number of School Direct non-salaried positions available.

All applications for PGCE should be made via the Government’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website. Additional useful information is available on the Government’s Get Into Teaching website.

 

 

For further information on the School Direct programme at HMFA please contact Sarah Carter

For further information on bursaries and scholarships please visit Training in schools and Tuition Fee Routes

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