Our School Direct training programme runs from September 2017 to June 2018. During this time, you will have two placements, an Initial Development Placement from September to February and a Sustained Development Placement which runs from March to June.
GORSE SCITT believes that all trainees, morally, should understand where pupils have been on their educational journey so far, where your teaching will transport them to and how they will reach their ultimate destination. As such, all trainees will experience teaching from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 13 and beyond through our Enriched Development Placements.
We will differentiate your contact with students, dependant on your progress, allowing time for high quality preparation and reflection as well as developing and honing teaching skills.
All trainees will be allocated Subject Mentors; these colleagues will be very experienced and well-regarded teachers who will be able to offer you help, advice and support throughout the year. Each subject area will have a Subject Lead; this colleague will be a recognised expert in his or her area and will deliver, in partnership with Mentors and Host Teachers, the knowledge and skills needed to become an outstanding teacher.
At GORSE SCITT, we offer all of our trainees the opportunity to experience and engage with educational practice outside, beyond and parallel to the age groups they predominantly teach.
Enhancement opportunities happen all across the year; typically, they last a week to a fortnight.
Trainees will engage with these opportunities on a staggered basis, so as not to overwhelm the host schools.
These enhancement opportunities serve a vital purpose for trainees, as we ask the questions:
- How can you prepare Year 11s if you don’t understand what happens in Year 12?
- How can you support Year 7s if you don’t know what happens in Year 6?
All enhancement is structured to be completed by May. In the last few weeks of your traineeship, you will have the opportunity to return to an enhancement placement of your preference.
Schools on a Journey from RI to Outstanding
Every trainee will have the opportunity to experience the work put in by colleagues in OFSTED RI schools on their journey to becoming Outstanding.
Primary colleagues will spend time at Ryecroft Academy, and secondary colleagues will spend time in Leeds West Academy or Leeds East Academy.
Trainees will spend two days at The Stephen Longfellow Academy, a school for students with mental or behavioural difficulties who do not function well in a mainstream environment.
Special Educational Needs Provision
In partnership with the West SILC, we give trainees the unique opportunity to spend half a day working with children with profound learning difficulties, including Multiple and Complex Learning Difficulties.
Eligibility and Compliance
To be eligible to apply for our School Direct programme, you will need to have secured a UK Undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification at 2.2 or above. Ideally your degree will be in the subject you wish to teach. However, if your degree subject does not match closely to the chosen subject, you may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses and we will help you to make arrangements for this. Further information regarding Subject Knowledge Enhancement can be found on The National College for Teaching and Learning website.
- GCSE / University grades
- Skills tests
- All offers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check
- Medical questionnaire
Relevent degree / Subject Knowledge Enhancement
- School experience