School Direct

Thinking of Teaching as a future career?

Join us at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College for a comprehensive school-based Initial Teacher Training package that will ensure you have the skills to be a highly successful teacher and potential leader of tomorrow.

 

What is School Direct?

University of Manchester

School Direct is a school-based Initial Teacher Training route leading to Qualified Teacher Status.  As a National Teaching School we are highly committed to supporting Initial Teacher Training and our School Direct programme is tailored to meet the needs most relevant to trainee teachers.

Our School Direct Programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester who were rated by The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 as the best university provider of primary initial teacher training in the North of England. They were also rated top in the North West for secondary initial teacher training.

 

A new way into teaching

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

The training period is for one academic year (September – July). On completion of your training year you will be awarded a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status. Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant training. You will be given the opportunity to spend much of your time developing and practising your teaching skills with high quality school placements from across our Teaching Schools Alliance.

You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by Alliance Schools Higher Education providers. You will be supported along the way by a number of different colleagues at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and will be assigned a school-based Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a University-based Tutor.

 

Contacting the School Direct Team

For more information about School Direct you can contact one of the team below:

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Rob McGuinness
Director of ITT

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Sally Wright
School Direct
Administration Assistant

 

 

What sort of candidate are we looking for?

Personal QualitiesCourse Requirements (Primary)Course Requirements (Secondary)School ExperienceEnglish Language

Personal Qualities

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

The sorts of person qualities we are looking for are:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • A passion for your subject
  • A positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities

 

Requirements for Courses in Primary Education

We receive a high volume of applications for the Primary course and therefore candidates should normally meet our minimum academic entry requirements in order to be considered for interview.

  • A 2:1 or above honours degree in a non-vocational subject. Vocational subjects may be considered in some circumstances.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered but must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, e.g., through postgraduate study.
  • Two A-levels at grade C or above in non-vocational subjects.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language, Mathematics and Science, plus GCSE grade C in at least three other non-vocational subjects.
  • Applicants must have spent at least 5 days observing primary teaching following a UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview.

 

 

List of Preferred Subjects:

  • American Studies
  • Art(including: Fine Art, Graphic Art, Graphic Design, Textiles, History of Art, Ceramics, Photography)
  • Architecture (including: History of Architecture)
  • Business Studies (including: Marketing, Events Management, Public Relations)
  • Classics (including: Classical Civilization)
  • Criminology
  • Early Years Education
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Economics (including: Finance, Accounting)
  • Education Studies
  • Engineering
  • English(including: Language, Literature, Linguistics, Combined, Journalism)
  • Film Studies
  • Geography (including: Geology, Environmental Studies)
  • Health and Leisure Studies
  • History (including: Archaeology)
  • ICT (including: Computing)
  • Law
  • Languages (All): Ancient and Modern (excludes fictional languages)
  • Maths (including: Pure, Applied, Statistics)
  • Media Studies
  • Music (including: Music Technology, Music Performance)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Health
  • Nutrition
  • Performing Arts (including: Drama, Dance, Performance)
  • PE (including: Sport, Sports’ Science, Sports Management)
  • Politics (including: Government and Politics, PPE, History and Politics)
  • Psychology (including all combined courses, Deaf Education, Speech and Language Therapy, Communication Studies)
  • RE(including: Religious Studies, Divinity, Theology, Ethics)
  • Science (including: Biology, Human Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,Physics, Applied Physics, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Veterinary Science, Speech and Language Therapy, Zoology)
  • Sociology (including: Social Policy, International Studies, Sustainability, Social Justice)
  • Technology (including: Food Technology, Design Technology, Computer Technology)

 

Non-academic entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have completed five days observation experience in a primary school following a relevant UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview. This experience should normally have been completed within the last three years.  Proposed/actual dates and venue(s) for experience must be clearly stated in the work experience section of the UCAS application form.

Applicants must also provide:

  • A supportive academic reference, preferably from a University tutor
  • A high quality, well-written, relevant and convincing personal statement

 

Mature applicants

Applicants aged 25 or over on 31 August 2018 are classed as a mature student for the purposes of our admissions criteria.

Applications are particularly welcome from mature applicants who can demonstrate, through their personal statement, how their work experience is relevant to a career in teaching.

Mature applicants must meet our GCSE and degree level entry requirements, and meet the requirements for school experience.

Please note: If you are applying as a mature applicant and do not have a range of GCSE subjects, and do not meet the A level requirement, you may still be considered – provided that you can demonstrate sufficient evidence of good academic ability via your UCAS application form.  Access courses are also acceptable, but applicants must indicate the modules taken on the UCAS form.

Interview requirements for Primary

f you are called to interview, your observations from your classroom experience will be used to inform a five minute presentation that you will prepare for your interview.

Whilst in school, gaining your classroom experience, we advise you to consider the following Presentation Briefing.

Presentation Briefing:

Reflecting on your recent experience in school and your own experience as a pupil, what do you consider makes an effective teacher? What skills and attributes does the effective teacher require? How will this inspire your future practice?

From your experience you may wish to consider:

The teacher’s/teachers’ organisational skills

What effective teaching and learning strategies did the teacher(s) use?

How did the teacher(s) meet the children’s individual needs?

How did the teacher(s) ensure that their class was inclusive?

Behaviour management

Requirements for Courses in Secondary Education

Biology

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a Biological Science with at least half of the content strongly related to Biology (if you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your qualifications)
  • Grade B in Biology at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other Science or Maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Business Studies

  • 2:2 honours degree or above in Business, Management, Economics, or a related subject, with a minimum of 50% content directly related to Business Education.
  • A strong academic record at A-level (or equivalent).
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Chemistry

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a science-related subject with at least half of the content strongly related to Chemistry
  • Grade B in Chemistry at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other Science or Maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

English

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects. Applicants with degrees in other English-related subjects may also be considered in some circumstances.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Geography

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in Geography or a related subject, e.g., Environmental Management or Environmental Sciences. A minimum of 50% of your degree content should be Geography related.
  • 260 UCAS points including a B in Geography or a related subject at A-level, excluding AS-levels, General Studies, and counting your three best A-level grades (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

History

  • Minimum 2:1 honours degree in History or a related subject. A minimum of 50% of your degree content should be History related.
  • 260 UCAS points including a B in History or a related subject at A-level, excluding AS-levels, General Studies, and counting your three best A-level grades (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

 

Mathematics

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in Mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics)
  • Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of Mathematics in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have either an A level in Mathematics at grade B or above.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

 

Physics

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a Physical Science, e.g. Physics, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. At least half of your degree content should be strongly related to Physics.
  • Grade B in Physics at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other Science or Maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

 

Experience of working in schools

We would normally expect you to have some school experience prior to an interview. This could be visiting a school to observe lessons or work in a non-teaching assistant role. It is likely that you would be asked at interview about the experiences that you have in schools and colleges.

Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects.  If your degree subject does not link to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.

Click on the link below to email us and we can organise your school experience here at BTHCC or at any of our partner schools.

SchoolsDirect@bthcc.orgE-mail for further Information

School Experience ProgrammeHow can I gain School Experience?

 

English as an Additional Language

In addition to a grade C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or

TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or

Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or

Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

 

 

Will I be able to secure employment after the Programme?

School Direct trainees who successfully complete their training may be employed in any school within the wider alliance.

Although there can be no guarantee of employment because of circumstances that may exist in schools, Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College will be expected to support you in securing employment.

Trainees would be required to go through a full and formal application process for any vacancies.

 

How is School Direct Funded?

If you secure a place on this route the tuition fees for the programme will be £9,500. These fees are paid to the relevant Universities in a series of instalments across the academic year. There are a number of different funding options available to support you with these payments.

Scholarships, Bursaries & Fundingeducation.gov.uk

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Applying for School Direct

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You will still be able to attend interviews and apply for the Schools Direct Route without having these completed but the government does require that all applicants pass these before they begin a course so try to get them completed early.  Find out more at the link below:

Please note: the Maths and English skills tests are not completed within the university – this is a requirement for applicants to organise sitting these prior to any course beginning at a skills test centre.

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To apply for School Direct you will need to complete an online application through UCAS (link below).  If you would like to be considered for our School Direct places you would need to select Blessed Thomas Holford as your lead school when applying.