There are a number of ways in which you can work with us on the PGCE Secondary provider programme. These include:
Placements: providing up to 120 days in school with a subject mentor to support and develop the trainee. We are seeking two placements for each trainee: a 6 week Foundation placement in the autumn term, and or a 12 week Developmental and Consolidation placement in the Spring and Summer terms. Many of our highly skilled trainees go on to work in our partner schools so this can be an excellent recruitment opportunity for your school.
Professional Studies (PS) hub schools: Your school can be paid to provide a PS hub where trainees can observe excellent practice related to key themes in professional development. Hosting a PS hub can also promote recruitment of trainees as NQTs.
Learning Rounds: Your school can be paid to provide Learning Rounds for Subject groups. In a learning round, a group of trainees in a specialist Subject works with successful departments who can model excellent teaching and involve trainees in innovative practice,. If your school needs to recruit in particular subjects, learning rounds can also introduce trainees to your school and inspire them to work with you. View the subjects we specialise in.
School Direct partnerships and SCITTs: We are always keen to work with School Direct partnerships and SCITTs. We can help you set up your own School Direct alliance or SCITT. We can also work with you on fine-tuning an existing programme from recruitment through to preparation for the NQT year.
In our FAQs section you'll find information on school experience dates, funding available to your school, taking a trainee during an Ofsted Inspection, what your school is required to do, mentor training, and what our trainees do on placement. We always welcome your thoughts and queries on our school placements, so please don't hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q How do I apply for placements?
A Registration is easy. If you're a current secondary partner, we'll be in touch via email, otherwise contact email@example.com
Q What dates will trainees be in my school?
A Autumn Foundation placements run from September - December 2016; Developmental and Consolidation placements run from January - June 2017 with Wednesday currently reserved as a training date throughout the programme. Please see our calendar of school experience dates for 2016-2017.
Q What subjects do you offer?
Q What do trainees do when there's an Ofsted inspection in my school?
A We would not normally expect a trainee to be observed teaching a class during the inspection. They can be a highly skilled and motivated person who can work as a TA to support the learning of specific children.
In the run up to your Inspection trainees could:
When the notification of an inspection visit comes:
Q What support will my school receive from the university?
A We provide training on how best to support the trainee and integrate them within your school. Training is free of charge with £100 per term built into payments for mentoring each term, towards payment for cover. Mentoring skills are transferable for staff to use within their own schools with the possibility to progress to a 20 credit MA module, subject to additional fees.
Q When does mentor training run?
A Please check back soon for an updated schedule.
Q Do trainees have a DBS disclosure?
A Yes - all trainees have a full-enhanced DBS disclosure and complete a thorough, all-encompassing child protection/safe guarding course before going into school.
Q What are trainees required to do in school?
A Teach 33% of a qualified teacher’s timetable in the autumn term, and 66% in subsequent terms. They need to teach across two key stages in most subjects, and across three in English and History. They also need to see colleagues teach and work as a TA or team teach where appropriate to meet the Teacher’s Standards. They have specialisms in some subjects such as MFL and D&T. Trainees are out of school on Wednesdays for training.