The new world of School Direct

“Smart” schools will benefit from flexible university partnerships in the new world of School Direct according to CEO of the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Posted: 24 June 2013

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With the first cohort of School Direct trainee teachers already in schools, the University of Roehampton’s School of Education has developed its high-quality teacher training to meet the needs of schools and trainees as part of the move toward a school-led system.

After successfully rolling out its School Direct programme to primary and secondary schools across Surrey and a number of London boroughs, Roehampton now offers School Direct schools a range of different partnership models. Central to all Roehampton models is an emphasis on high-quality, including provision of marketing support, resources, qualification awards, quality assurance and accredited training for school staff.

Charlie Taylor, CEO of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, the organisation that will manage the School Direct training programme predicted that many smaller schools will benefit from working together in partnerships that coalesce around a lead school and enable collective negotiation.

Mr Taylor highlighted the example set by Roehampton’s comprehensive plans to deliver new partnership models for schools:

“I was really impressed with the way Roehampton are thinking about School Direct...there is flexibility in their models…schools need to be smart shoppers to meet their needs.”

Professor Michael Day, Director of the School of Education at the University of Roehampton, said:
“We want to use our 170 years’ of expertise and knowledge to support our partner schools in training the next generation of teachers. We take our role of quality assurance very seriously and our new School Direct partnership model will support schools to recruit the best trainees and provide them with excellent training.”

“We are moving to a new model of partnership which will be based on a three-way agreement between the trainee teacher, the school and the University. Our new partnership menu will ensure the immense value of our school partners’ work in Initial Teacher Training is properly recognised. It’s also an exciting prospect that universities can help contribute to a school’s improvement strategy and enhance existing staff capacities through CPD,” added Professor Day.

Traditionally over 500 schools have worked in partnership with trainee teachers from the University of Roehampton in models where the support and training has been provided by Roehampton and school staff at different levels. School Direct training provision will run alongside the 2013-14 delivery of the popular PGCE primary and secondary programmes at the University of Roehampton as well as the renowned three year Bachelor of Education degree in primary teacher training. All the courses include a lengthy placement within schools as part of the initial teacher training.

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