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Introduction

Do you want to train to be a secondary school teacher?

Then South Cumbria School Direct could be your route into teacher training. As a trainee teacher on the South Cumbria School Direct Programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by outstanding teachers who work in our partnership schools, throughout south Cumbria and North Lancashire.


About Us

The South Cumbria School Direct is based at Furness Academy, Barrow in Furness and works in close collaboration with the Ripley TSA SCITT in Lancaster.

We offer a 12 month programme which gives you PGCE and recommendation for QTS. The PGCE includes 60 credits at Master’s level.

As a trainee teacher on the South Cumbria School Direct Programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by school expert practitioners working across our partnership. This will facilitate much stronger links between theory and practice, enabling you to apply pedagogical knowledge in the classroom and reflect upon it more immediately. 

Our partner schools are involved in the recruitment and selection of trainees and have a real commitment to their training. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by expert practitioners and outstanding mentors. They greatly enjoy the exciting and innovative curriculum which we have designed, and make excellent progress in our schools.


Accredited Provider

The South Cumbria School Direct Programmer will be delivered within the Ripley TSA SCITT partnership. As the Lead School in the partnership, Ripley St Thomas has a successful track record in training teachers. All The schools in the partnership are highly experienced and have all been graded outstanding or good by Ofsted. They include a range of academies and comprehensive schools in both 11-16 and 11-18 settings. We also work closely with a range of other providers to provide a broad experience for our trainees.


Our Programme

Our School Direct Programme begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a conference day. The Friday conferences will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools. Curriculum conferences will be held in several of our school venues according to the best expertise available for each topic.

In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where trainees will focus on teaching English specifically. These will be delivered by a Lead Subject Mentor, a specialist who has been appointed due to their successful track record in subject leadership. The days incorporate learning walks and lesson experience alongside input from the Lead Subject Mentor and directed tasks for you to consolidate your learning.

Across the year you will audit and develop your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach at KS3 and 4. Lead Subject Mentors will guide you towards great resources for this and you will be encouraged to join a professional subject association. A shared network drive enables you to share resources with each other and school mentors. We can also organise additional training courses and access to resources at no cost to you.

Leeds Beckett provide the PGCE for our SCITT and this is all online. The modules perfectly compliment the training we deliver and you will gain 60 Master’s level credits- https://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_distancelearning/

Assessment of trainees for QTS is based on all of the following:

  • Regular observations of lessons with feedback and target setting
  • Grading against each of the Teacher Standards at the end of each placement
  • Formative feedback about progress against the Teacher Standards throughout the placements
  • Assessment of a Best Evidence Portfolio at the end of the programme.

Subjects

For 2019-20 we are recruiting for the following subjects:

  • Mathematics 3BVV
  • Chemistry 3BVW
  • Physics 3BVY
  • Biology 3BVX
  • Geography 3BVZ
  • History 3BW2
  • English 3BVT

All applications are made via UCAS Teacher Training using the subject codes above and our provider code which is 2KS.


Course Fees and Funding

National ITT bursaries, scholarships and tuition fee loans apply – please see the Department for Education website for more details.

  • £9000 PGCE and QTS
  • £7500 QTS only


Interviews

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview at Furness Academy in Barrow in Furness. The interview process includes a written task, subject knowledge audit, short teaching task and panel interview. You will be interviewed by the Programme Leader, School Leads from across our partner schools and a teacher from your subject. Pupils will be involved in the teaching task. We are looking for the potential to be an excellent trainee, someone who is ready to start training in a school setting from early September. We are also looking for potential employees in our schools.


How school placements work

You will complete placements in two partner schools. The first placement will begin early in September, an excellent time to see how rules and routines are established at the start of the academic year. You will start with focused lesson observations across the whole school before you join your subject department and begin to plan teach parts of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons, building up to approximately 7 hours per week by Christmas. 

The second placement begins after Christmas in a different school which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development. Again, you will gradually increase your teaching timetable and for the last few weeks will be full time in school, teaching up to 12 hours per week at that point.

Placements are selected for you on the basis of high quality mentoring, strong subject departments, contrasting schools and reasonable commuting distance. We work with a wide range of schools located throughout South Cumbria and North Lancashire.

On both placements you will teach the full 11-16 age range in your subject. 

There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise. There will be additional opportunities to experience primary education and sixth form education on the programme. 


Course requirements/Qualifications needed

  1. UK Bachelors degree or equivalent
  2. GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above

Ideally your degree would be a class 2:2 or above and in a subject relevant to the secondary subject you wish to teach, but there are Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses available for shortage subjects such as Maths, Science, English, and Geography.


Personal Qualities

We are looking for people who are keen to learn in a school setting and this model suits trainees who are able to learn as they go along and incorporate their own experience into this learning process. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the professionalism and resilience needed to become a teacher and to be reflective learners. A real commitment to a career in teaching, a love of their subject and positive attitude towards young people are essential qualities


Other requirements

All applicants who are successful at interview will need the following before they can start:

  • DBS and barred list check
  • Medical check
  • Professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy

It is important that you have a good awareness of what the role of a teacher involves so that you can be sure it is the right career choice for you. We offer school experience for people at all stages of this career decision, including after interview, in order to support you with this.

We welcome applicants of all ages, from university graduation to mature career changers.


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