To find out more about the schools or HEIs, use the addresses below to visit their websites:
Batley Girls’ High School - http://www.batleygirls.co.uk/
Whitcliffe Mount - http://www.whitcliffemount.co.uk/
Spen Valley - http://www.spenvalleysportscollege.co.uk/
Castleford Academy - http://www.castlefordacademy.com/
Bradford College - http://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/
University of Leeds - http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ Our entry requirements
Our determination is to match the right trainee to the right school, and we consider temperamental and attitudinal aspects as even more important than qualifications. You will need to be equally comfortable working in a team or independently, have a high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise, and a genuine understanding of this age group. You will care about equality and diversity, not see these as boxes to tick and be unafraid to use the cliché that you want to make a difference. You will be a highly motivated individual with a real sense of moral purpose and a tireless energy to achieve the best for your students. You will take and deliver criticism constructively, and understand the need to balance your home and work life. We are looking for committed, resilient, reflective practitioners, able to learn from their own experiences and the experiences of others.
For all subjects, you will have at least grade C at GCSE in English and Maths; for some you will also need Science and B grades. Communication skills are paramount. You will need the ability both to write in Standard English, and model accurate and effective spoken language. You will also be fully computer literate.
All trainees must have a 2(ii) or better in an appropriate subject. Since BGHS and Castleford Acadmey have flourishing sixth forms, trainees who are placed at either of these institutions should expect to teach up to A level and would thus need significant subject expertise. It is essential that you have some experience of working with young people, and an affinity with the 11-18 age range. Through the interview process, we will identify specific trainee teachers for each subject and school; each student teacher will have a ‘home’ school where they will spend the majority of their time, although they will attend training with student teachers from across the Alliance and undertake an additional placement in other Alliance schools.
*For secondary trainees, at least 50% of your degree should be in the subject (or related to the subject) for which you are applying. You will also need to pass a literacy test before you can begin training to show that you can communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in written Standard English.
The selection process will start with the standard UCAS application form, as provided on the UCAS website. Through this, you will demonstrate you meet the academic requirements laid down by the Teaching Agency. We would also expect to see some evidence of why you have decided to pursue a career in teaching – for example, experience of observing in a school or employment within a school setting as a Learning Assistant. Your choice of referees is important.
Following DfE guidance, applicants will need to have taken skills tests and additional screening assessment provided by Pearson Education. You would be expected to successfully complete the skills tests typically within 6 weeks of being offered a place, otherwise the offer may be rescinded.
Those candidates who we feel will flourish in our contexts will be invited to undertake a face to face selection process. This will include interviews as well as time spent in school interacting with young people in a classroom situation. You should be able to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively with adults and children alike, and also be able to show a sound understanding of the subject or age phase you wish to teach. Any offer of a place on our programme is conditional on a satisfactory Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration. Our programme
If successful, for the majority of the school year, you will be based in your ‘home’ school. You will benefit from some training by staff in that school as well as meeting with and undertaking workshops and other activities with other student teachers from across our Alliance of schools. Our partner HEIs’ staff will be delivering significant elements of your training to support the school-led programme since this combined approach has proved very successful. Being linked to a school from early on in the course, you will quickly come to appreciate teaching and learning in the workplace and will see theory put into practice every day. Our training programme will build your confidence and subject knowledge, giving you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner. Throughout this time, you will be supported by a well-trained mentor. As your confidence grows, you will deliver parts of lessons on your own, taking on more responsibility until you are teaching full lessons. As part of your further development, you will undertake one other main placement at another school, usually in a different context to your ‘home’ school. There will also be the opportunity to spend a varying amount of time at other schools to further enhance your learning through experiencing a diverse range of educational settings. Finance
Different HEIs have different fees so go to their website for full details. For details of bursaries go to HEI sites or that of the TA. School Direct (Salaried)
Trainees on the School Direct Training Programme (salaried) are not required to pay tuition fees to cover the course. You will be paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale for the duration of your course.What happens next?
Applications will open.
For further details please contact Emma Rodrigues email@example.com
For more information about entering a career in teaching you will find the following websites useful:The Teaching AgencyTeachers’ StandardsDepartment for EducationSchool Direct