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School Direct: Salaried and Tuition Fees Routes (Primary & Secondary) - PGCE

Course content

The following course content is subject to validation Do you want to become a primary or secondary school teacher and help children and young adults make the best possible start in life? Do you prefer a work based route? This initial teacher training course covers the knowledge and skills that are required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with training led by your host school supported by the University of Sunderland.

Course overview

PGCE School Direct is a unique school led route that provides exciting opportunities for you to train though work based learning, as a teacher, in a school. There are two routes available within School Direct:
Salaried Route
The salaried route is available to those candidates who have three or more years experience in schools and settings. Trainees apply direct to the school for a salaried position and are trained by the school in partnership with the University. You may also be eligible for a salaried route if you are a ‘career changer’ with transferrable skills.

Tuition Fee Route
This route is designed for trainees who prefer an apprenticeship approach to training. Trainees apply direct to the school via UCAS Sunderland codes and are trained by the school in partnership with the University.

How to Apply
In order to apply you should choose the school, or group of schools, in which you train and apply to them against the relevant University of Sunderland code. School Direct is run as a partnership between a Lead School, other schools in their Alliance and the University of Sunderland as the accredited teacher training provider.

Course content

Your training will blend academic study provided by the University of Sunderland with hands-on placements organised by the school that employs you.

PGCE Secondary Course content:
-School placement (with some experience in another secondary setting);
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils;
-Subject Studies module (developed in school placement);
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue.

PGCE Primary 3-11 Course content:
-School placements in 3-7 or 7-11 Key Stages
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils;
-Subject Studies module (developed in school placement);
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue.

Teaching and assessment

School Direct Trainees will receive academic input during University return days timetabled throughout the year.

All University Modules are designed to support Trainees in developing their knowledge and confidence in teaching. University input is delivered by both expert Tutors and excellent Practitioners from Partnership Schools, in a wide variety of ways including, lectures, tutorials and practical workshops as well as online discussions.

All aspects of the Programme are designed to enable you to meet and demonstrate the National College for Teaching (NCTL) and Leadership Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Students will compile evidence against the Standards throughout the Programme in their online e-Portfolio.

The PGCE Primary School Direct Tutor Team is committed to providing the best experiences for our Trainees. Our Personal Tutor system ensures all Trainees are allocated an individual Tutor and are nurtured and developed both academically and professionally throughout the Programme.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Subject knowledge is monitored through the use of subject audits which enable students to identify their strengths and areas of development and to then action plan with Subject Specialist Tutors support to increase their knowledge and confidence in identified areas.

Modules are assessed through a variety of assessment methods including, Assignments, Portfolio and Practice Based Tasks.

Assessed Placements are assessed by Partnership schools/settings in liaison with the University.

Facilities & location

Your training will be based in the school that employs you. Academic studies will be delivered by the University of Sunderland.

Course location
Your studies at the University of Sunderland will be based at the Forster Building on City Campus and at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Sunderland is a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

By joining this programme you will also be taking a big step towards sorting your first post-qualification teaching job. That’s because the school will select you and customise your training to suit their needs as well as yours. One of the goals of the programme is for schools to be able to grow their own teachers and future leaders – so there is every reason for the school to continue to employ you after the award of QTS.

With QTS you will be qualified to teach in any state-maintained school in England and Wales. This gives you flexibility in case your plans change or you decide to work elsewhere.

The starting salary of a newly qualified teacher is over £21,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

Visit the School Direct: Salaried and Tuition Fees Routes (Primary & Secondary) - PGCE page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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