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Inspiring ambitious trainees through the school direct route into teaching

Let us challenge, train & support you to realise your teaching ambitions

Why Join Us

A structured and supported post-graduate programme of school-based, professional development opportunities for trainee teachers.

Training led by a highly successful primary school with a strong track record of supporting high-quality Initial Teacher Training.

Unparalleled one-to-one personal and academic support with a positive atmosphere in which to learn and develop as a teacher and an individual

Experienced mentors with an outstanding record of delivering the School Direct programme.

Opportunities to work in a small, committed family of local South Warwickshire Primary Schools

Opportunities to observe, work alongside and contribute to our outstanding teaching team.

Accreditation through the University of Worcester leading to a PGCE with QTS with 60 credits at Masters Level.

Early Years & Primary

PGCE Full Time Details

Beginning January 2022 Age phase: Full-time pathway Early Years (Ages 3-7) / Later Years (Ages 5-11) The Arden Forest School Direct, led by Welford-on-Avon Primary School, is running a School Direct Initial Teacher Training course beginning September 2022. The programme is delivered in association with the University of Worcester, with trainees spending one or two days a week in University learning the theory and developing the subject knowledge that underpins successful teaching. The remainder of the time will be spent in school learning alongside the class teacher and school staff. Assessment will come in the form of essays set and marked by the university as well as regular, ongoing assessment of teaching in school. Lesson observations take place regularly to give trainees constructive feedback about strengths and areas for development. Every half term, there will be a visit from a university-based link tutor who will observe with the school-based mentor to agree grades and set appropriate future targets. School based training will take place largely at Welford on Avon Primary School, although other partner schools and curriculum experts may be used for specific parts of the training programme. All our partner schools are local and within easy travelling distance of Welford on Avon.

PGCE Full Time Early Years & Later Years

Early Years (Age 3-7) You will be placed with a host school in either Reception or Key Stage 1 during your School Experience 1 from September to the end of December and return to this school for your School Experience 3, from the end of March to the end of June. A complementary placement will take place for School Experience 2 from January to March in the other key stage and school to widen your experience. Later Years (Age 5-11) You will be placed with a host school in either KS1 or KS2 during your School Experience 1 from September to the end of December and return to this school for your School Experience 3, from the end of March to the end of June. A complementary placement will take place for School Experience 2 from January to March in a different key stage and school to widen your experience.

PGCE Part-time Pathway

Beginning January 2022 Age phase: Part-time pathway Early Years (Ages 3-7) / Later Years (Ages 5-11) Arden Forest School Direct in partnership with the University of Worcester now offer a part-time PGCE in primary education, designed to provide you with all of the key features and support of a full-time PGCE but over a longer period of time. The course begins in January 2022 and will finish in July 2023. We offer both the Early Years and Later Years pathways as a School Direct route. The course consists of the same modules as the full-time PGCE course and you will achieve the same award at the end of the course. The support across the course will remain the same and sessions will be delivered similarly to the full-time course. This is a part-time course and when not on placement, you will be expected to attend timetabled university sessions normally on Wednesdays. Most weeks will be 3 days long. On placement, you will be expected to attend school during term time on the agreed dates and on training days, as agreed by the school, to ensure you are compliant with the requirements of the QTS qualification. School experience is a substantial and integral part of the course and you will have school experience visit days and block placements across 5 terms, beginning in January and concluding the following July (totalling 19 months). Placements will normally be in two different settings. In total, of the 77 weeks of the course, 120 days approximately will be spent in schools. For School Direct, you are immersed in school for much of the programme with 30 days of timetabled University sessions alongside approximately 12 days of school training spread across the course. This will enable you to learn alongside the class teacher and be part of a teaching and learning school team.

What Makes us different

Mentoring

You will develop your teaching skills with the support, guidance and coaching of well-trained expert colleagues in a school setting, with Lead Mentor Headteacher Julie Leeman and Deputy Headteacher Lucy Wretham, and through regular on campus contact with your University Mentor.

Throughout the programme, you will have continual contact with an experienced mentor who will help to guide your development, assess your progress and support you to maximise your potential.

Qualifications you will need

Entry Requirements

Successful candidates will display a range of professional and personal characteristics including:

The ability to work effectively as part of a team and a commitment to collaborative practice

The ability to critically reflect on developing professional practice

The ability to engage in high level professional discourse regarding the theory and practice of teaching and learning

Excellent levels of oral, written and presentational communication skills

A dedication to research-informed teaching

Our Partners

Welford on Avon Primary School
Henley in Arden C Of E Primary School
Coughton C of E Primary School
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Temple Grafton Primary School
Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
Barford St Peters CE Primary School

All Your Questions Answered

 

Our Recruitment & Selection Process

Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process that includes an initial check to ensure that all entry requirements are met.Candidates will then be asked to interview with the University of Worcester and Arden Forest School Direct.

At interview, you may be asked to:

  • Complete tasks to establish subject knowledge in English and maths
  • Engage in observed professional discussions on a current educational topic
  • Engage in discussion with primary lecturers/school partners on a range of education-related questions
  • You will be encouraged to discuss current issues in primary and/or early years education, policy and practice

Applicants invited for interview will receive a comprehensive interview pack with detailed information about the day. We want all our applicants to feel prepared and ready for the interview process.

Applicants will be informed of the interview panel’s decision once all the necessary paperwork has been processed. Applicants can track their progress through the UCAS website.

References: For your application, you will need two references.

Funding & Grants

Fees and financial support

Advice from Get Into Teaching

Financial support from the government

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:

Student type

Fees to pay

This route is open to anyone who meets the minimum eligibility criteria for teaching. You will undertake the majority of your training in school, but you will not be employed by the school. The route incurs a £9,250 tuition fee, although you may be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships.

UK students: £9,250

International students: £13,700

Current Fees:UK / EU £9,250 (subject to change for 21/22) International £13,700

Interview Process

Further details of the interview progress will be shared with the successful applicants. Training with disabilities and other needs: The Arden Forest Teaching Alliance is committed to supporting students with disabilities and additional needs.

We are happy to discuss access arrangements as needed with potential applicants.

tel: 01789 750214
email: burn.j1@welearn365.com
website: www.welfordonavonschool.co.uk

Supportive Training That Develops Your Professional And Personal Skills

You will develop your teaching skills with the support, guidance and coaching of well-trained expert colleagues in a school setting, with Lead Mentor Headteacher Julie Leeman and Deputy Headteacher Lucy Wretham, and through regular on campus contact with your University Mentor.

Throughout the programme, you will have continual contact with an experienced mentor who will help to guide your development, assess your progress and support you to maximise your potential. So, join us and inspire a love of education in young learners and build their confidence, abilities, attitudes, aspirations forever.

Search for training provider name: Welford on Avon Primary School - provider code 2L6. All applications should be made via the UCAS teacher training online application portal at www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-trainin

Refreshing Your Subject Knowledge

If you have the right qualities and qualifications to teach but would like to refresh your subject knowledge, we also offer the option of volunteering in school to gain experience ahead of the course