School Direct Places
We offer both a School Direct Salaried Primary Training Programme and a School Direct PGCE Primary Training Programme, each course is different and candidates must meet the required criteria on application.
The UCAS application portal for both the School Direct Salaried and PGCE courses are now closed. Please be aware that applications start coming in as soon as the system opens and are processed on a first come first served basis.
Please note that we are only able to shortlist Salaried applicants if they have a school already committed to hosting them for their training year. This must be in place at application and be stated by the school via email or in the candidate reference.
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How do I apply?
Applications are made via the UCAS website.
All applicants must complete the pre-application task that will be sent to them when they are invited to an interview, this must be presented on the day.
What happens to my application?
All applications are processed by The Wroxham School, who will shortlist and invite candidates to interview if their application is successful and meets the university criteria. If the applicant is accepted, they will then be allocated to a school in our alliance that has requested a trainee, in line with their year group or key stage requirements. We are always willing to work with schools that are new to our alliance, especially if they are already keen to host a particular applicant.
School Direct Salaried or Unsalaried?
If you are on the School Direct Salaried Primary Training Programme you will be employed by and paid a salary by the school that you train in for that year. The salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale but you are not eligible to apply for a bursary.
The only applicants we will be able to shortlist for the salaried route, are those with schools already committed to hosting them for their training year, prior to application. Due to recent changes in funding, many schools are no longer in a position to take on a salaried trainee.
The salaried route is only for candidates who have been in full time paid employment for at least three years. This period of employment does not have to be in an educational setting, they may be career changers who can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession. It is for the provider and schools to decide which skills and experience are relevant. However please note that we do ask candidates to have significant primary experience prior to application for the salaried route.
On the unsalaried route, the School Direct Primary PGCE Training Programme, you are not paid a salary but you are eligible for a bursary, depending on your previous degree level status.
Please see the School Direct website and the University of Hertfordshire for more details and the different course programmes.
What do I need to do before I am able to apply?
Applicants need to have Maths, English and Science at GCSE level before they start the course, as well as an undergraduate degree (2;2 or above). Experience is vital, the minimum requirement is five days recent experience in a Primary classroom but obviously the more experience you can get, the better prepared you are and the more likely you are to be selected. We do ask candidates for the salaried route to have significant primary classroom experience prior to application. .
How do I get into school to gain primary experience?
Try offering to volunteer in a local school. Unfortunately we are unable to take on any more volunteers at Wroxham due to a high number of trainees and volunteers already in our school but many other schools are able to accommodate. Alternatively, the School Experience Programme helps to provide placements in order to gain experience in schools.
What about my skills tests?
The skills tests need to be passed before you start the course.
All the ITT information provided on our website is subject to change. We will endeavour to keep you updated as government changes are announced and introduced.
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The aim of this policy is to clarify The Wroxham TLA’s involvement in ITT and the role of staff in ITT. It should be read in conjunction with:
- The University of Hertfordshire Programme Handbooks, policy documents and Partnership Agreement
Rationale and Aims
Within The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance, a partnership of schools has been formed to provide the highest standard of in-school training and offer placements to trainee teachers passionate about preparing children for a successful future. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully appreciate how much enthusiasm and motivation they can offer to a school community.
The schools in our ITT partnership are a mixture of urban and rural and they range in size. All the schools are highly committed in our quest to provide a rich training experience for the next generation of teachers.
Our training provider partners offer an excellent quality of personal, professional and academic support for their trainees, to ensure their well-being and allow them to demonstrate highly professional attributes. They have high levels of trainee satisfaction, as well as high employment rates resulting from the good quality of the training and the strength of the partnership with schools. As a School Direct trainee in our partnership, trainees will have access to both the excellent provision from the training provider and the wealth of experience our Alliance schools can provide.
We aim to:
- ensure that ITT is a highly valued, integral part of The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance;
- promote the involvement of the Alliance schools in ITT;
- work in partnership with our training provider to implement high quality training that equips new teachers with the knowledge, skills and understanding to teach effectively;
- keep our knowledge of ITT up-to-date to enable us to be able to advise and inform the Alliance of national and regional developments;
Roles and Responsibilties
ITT is a shared responsibility across The Wroxham TLA. All staff have an important role in ensuring that ITT is successful and of benefit to trainees, children and school staff. Roles within ITT will differ in schools across the Alliance however the following points will remain generic:
The Head Teacher is responsible for:
- Implementing and overseeing the school’s involvement in ITT;
- ensuring that training and selection meets the requirements set out in TDA requirements and standards;
- delegating responsibility for ITT;
- recruitment and retention within the school;
- financial management and accountability;
Professional Mentors are responsible for:
- mentoring one or more trainees a year, which includes discussing aspects of teaching and learning with the trainee on a regular basis, as directed in the Programme Handbook;
- attending mentor training;
- contributing to the trainee’s assessment;
- organising the Second School Experience, alternative Key Stage and Special School visits;
Teacher Mentors (excluding NQTs) are responsible for:
- contributing to training through imparting knowledge relating to their specialist subject, providing support with planning, giving demonstration lessons, giving trainees opportunities to observe their lessons;
- discussing with the trainee both their own teaching and that of the trainee;
- allowing time to meet regularly with the trainee to discuss planning and teaching;
- contributing to assessment by observing trainees and giving verbal or written feedback, in partnership with the Visiting Tutor;
- attending training and, if appropriate, liaising with Visiting Tutors;
The Teaching School as Lead School is responsible for:
– Receiving and monitoring finances from the NCTL;
– Liaising with the training provider and Alliance schools on financial payments;
– Recruitment and selection of candidates, ensuring that applicants have an equal opportunity at interview;
– Allocation of placements for trainees in Home Schools, ensuring the ideal placement for both trainee and school;
Initial School Visits
Prior to starting the course, each trainee is expected to make an initial visit to their Home placement school. They are also expected to make a preliminary visit to their second placement school prior to starting the Second School Experience.
Current Partnership Arrangements
The Wroxham School is currently working with the University of Hertfordshire as our training provider.
This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis and in accordance with changes in training provider.
Angela Wilson, September 2016
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