WHAT IS SCHOOL DIRECT?
School Direct is a new route into Initial Teacher Training that places the school based programme at the heart of the experience. The main aim of School Direct is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or group of schools in which they were trained. For more information click here
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
If you want a career in teaching, West Thornton is the ideal place to start your journey. West Thornton Academy is an Ofsted 'Outstanding ' school where we have a reputation for creative learning. We believe everyone here is a teacher, everyone here is a pupil. Learning is for life and we all have the capacity to get better at anything we set our minds to. Our School Direct course is tailored with this philosophy in mind and, in partnership with the University of East London, you will be an active participant in a bespoke training programme which aims to create outstanding practitioners.
WHAT WILL THE COURSE GIVE ME?
There are two routes through the School Direct programme, salaried and non-salaried. Both will prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including the teaching of all National Curriculum subjects. Depending on your preference and prior experience, you can choose to specialise in teaching Early Years (3-7 year olds) or Primary (5 - 11 year old).
A salaried place means you can earn while you learn and will lead to an award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The non salaried route will give you Qualiﬁed Teacher Status (QTS) and a full PGCE. Student loans are available for this route.
For the year 2014-15 West Thornton Academy are have vacancies for 3 salaried posts and 4 non salaried posts.
HOW WILL I LEARN?
You will spend most of your time learning how to teach practically in West Thornton, or our partner school Forest Academy. Throughout the programme you will be supported by our trained school mentors and link tutors and provided with a range of experiences in a variety of school settings, including SEND.
To supplement this practical experience, depending on the route you are taking, 60 days of theory based learning will be delivered between the University of East London and West Thornton.
To find out more about the experience of studying at UEL click here
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
All assessment relates to your school placements. There will be in depth project-based reports on school-based issues, plus the opportunity to reﬂect and discuss your developing subject knowledge with University and school-based tutors.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The course can be tailored to suit your needs and interests and you will choose from a menu of core and supplementary training programmes delivered by a combination of the school or the University.
They will cover such themes as,
- Becoming a Reﬂective Teacher
- Effective Learning and Teaching: English and Mathematics with ICT
- Understanding the Child as a Learner
- Understanding the School as a Learning Community
- Assessment for Learning
- Building Learning Powers
- Creating lifelong readers
WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?
By choosing teaching as a career, you’ll have chosen an important and satisfying profession as well as a challenging and rewarding journey through life.
The Schools Direct Programme will provide enhanced employment opportunities for the right participants. Schools working with the Synaptic Trust would normally be expected to employ the candidate after successful completion of their course subject to vacancies and fulfilment of rigorous standards.
If you take the non-salaried route through this course you will have gained 60 credits at masters’ level, which means you can fast track to stage two of a masters’ degree, quickly progressing your professional development.
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