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School Direct (PGCE)


Course Description

School Direct is an employment based model of teacher education where you will gain qualified teacher status as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). School Direct involves schools working in partnership with LSBU to deliver the training. You'll be based in your school, but supported by LSBU throughout.

School Direct supports the Department for Education in giving schools:
- Opportunities to design training fit for purpose to meet the needs of trainees and schools.
- Greater control over recruitment and selection for schools with the expectation that trainees will be employed.
- Greater choice of ITT accredited training providers and flexibility on how School Direct places are used.

School Direct at LSBU

The School Direct programme at LSBU is a high quality intensive programme designed to prepare trainees for working in London schools.
- 100% of our completing graduates in 2013/14 were graded as good or outstanding.
- During our OFSTED inspection in June 2014 our provision was rated 'good'.
- 100% of School Direct PGCE trainees in 2013/14 secured full-time employment upon completing the course.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/school-direct

Modules

H Level modules:
- Core curriculum
This module covers all aspects of the English, mathematics, science and computing national curriculum at Key Stage 1.

- Professional studies
This module covers theories of learning, planning, teaching and assessment, classroom management and employment.

- Foundation subjects
This module covers the national curriculum foundation subjects including: history, geography, art and design, music, and design technology.

- School experience
You'll gain experience in two consecutive key stages. School experience is based on a training plan laid out at the beginning of the programme in conjunction with a class teacher, school based mentor and university supervising tutor.

- Alternative education setting
You'll gain experience in an Alternative Education Setting which may be an alternative mainstream school or in an informal education setting.

Masters level modules:
As part of the programme you'll have the opportunity to gain a PGCE choosing a Masters level option module that will meet you and your schools' needs, as well as the compulsory module. All the option modules have been developed by LSBU in collaboration with the expertise in our partnership schools.

- Equality, inclusion and citizenship
This module will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context. You'll undertake a small piece of classroom research.

Plus one of the following module options:
- SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
This module discusses and explores how to enable learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to achieve in their learning.

- Connect, consume, create: ICT in the Primary School
Explore the most up-to-date research, knowledge and understanding that underpins ICT and the Computing curriculum in primary schools.

- Performing Arts
Prepares you to teach the performing arts subjects in a culturally diverse society.

- Raising Achievement in Mathematics (RAiM)
The RAiM module will help you gain knowledge and understanding to successfully teach mathematics with competence and confidence, and begin to develop as a specialist in this area.

- English: Language, learning and culture
This module focuses on spoken language as a key area of the English curriculum in order to explore culture and deepen learning in the classroom.

Employability

The School Direct programme at LSBU is a high quality intensive programme designed to prepare trainees for working in London schools.
- 100% of our completing graduates in 2013/14 were graded as good or outstanding.
- 100% of School Direct PGCE trainees in 2013/14 secured full-time employment upon completing the course.

Our lead partner schools

LSBU has built a growing network of links with schools which can offer places on a School Direct programme, we are currently working with:
- Crampton Primary
- Kingswood Primary

We welcome candidates from independent schools. If you are interested in applying through an independent school please contact Jane Courtney:

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Teaching and learning

The university based sessions are taught through lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice.

In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.

You will be encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to think critically about subjects to inform your understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situations.

Employment Based Partnership

During our OFSTED inspection in June 2014 our provision was rated as 'good'.

Key strengths of the employment-based partnership were identified by OFSTED:
- Teamwork is a significant strength;

- School Direct trainees value the training provided in the two week summer school. It quickly gets them ready for teaching at the start of the year in their school;

- From the outset trainees gain quickly a strong professional understanding of how schools work. They develop good professional relationships with the established staff they work with in schools;

- The quality of feedback and target setting is consistently evaluative and helpful. As a result trainees know exactly what they need to do to improve.

Visit the School Direct (PGCE) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements


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