Train to Teach 2019-20

 

Our School Direct course runs from September to July, and during this time you will train in two schools (one mainstream and one special school), developing your professional skills, knowledge and understanding in motivating, supportive and inspiring settings. You will also spend time studying with the University of Birmingham, leading to the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status.

The Chadsgrove School Direct programme enables you to train in the classroom, working alongside good and outstanding teachers within each school setting. You will be mentored by experienced and enthusiastic practitioners who will provide the highest quality support whilst challenging you to become a confident and truly effective classroom teacher. 

What we are looking for
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and who are committed to providing outstanding teaching. Applicants should ideally be able to provide evidence of experience with children with SEND. We can assist applicants who wish to gain school based experience, but this is not essential for application, please contact us for advice.
 
How we select
Selection is a rigorous and thorough process designed to identify the applicants with the strongest aptitude. Chadsgrove, as the lead school in the partnership, coordinates the recruitment process in close liaison with the University of Birmingham and our partner schools. This involves a class-based activity (which will be sent to you prior to interview), some short written tests for English and Maths, and interviews with the School Council and formal interview panel.

 

Course Entry Requirements

Applicants need to hold GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and a Science subject, and (or expect to achieve prior to commencing the course) a 2:1 degree or above, although decisions are made on a case by case basis and a 2:2 may be accepted*. 

There is also a requirement to successfully complete the Professional Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy. Practice tests are available on the Get Into Teaching website.

Before acceptance on the course, students will also need to:

  • provide a satisfactory medical form
  • complete an enhanced DBS/police check
  • complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
  • adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise
* applicants with a 2:2 degree may be considered where they can provide other evidence of suitability

How to Apply

Applications are made through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Enter our provider code 17A, in the 'Search for a training provider' field, click on the red text that appears below, and then click on the 'Search' button. Our course code is 25QG.

Course details can also be found on the Department for Education Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

For September 2019 entry the application process is now live, and we will interview candidates as soon as possible after we receive applications. We will then offer places to suitable candidates following interview until we have filled all available places, at which point the course will be closed on the UCAS website.

Support with Applications
 
If you would like to receive advice and support on creating your best possible teacher training application, the Department for Education are hosting workshops where you can attend a presentation on the application process and how to create the best possible application, and also receive one-to-one support from a Teacher Training Adviser who can review your personal statement. The workshops are timetabled as follows:
 

Birmingham  1st May  5.30pm – 8pm at The Clayton Hotel, B5 5JE

Telford         7th May 5.30pm – 8pm at The Telford Centre Hotel, TF3 4NA

Gloucester   8th May 5.30pm – 8pm at The Holiday Inn, GL4 3RX

 

You can register for the application workshops here.