The Greet Teaching School Alliance is at the vanguard in developments in ITT, having been part of the first cohort of school and university partnerships offering the School Direct PGCE Training Programme. We have created a bespoke School Direct PGCE teacher training programme, delivered in partnership with the University of Birmingham from September 2019. Our trainees benefit from a high quality programme of support and training, designed to equip them with the skills, knowledge and practice to become excellent teachers in our schools. Now in its eighth year, our programme is continually developed and refined in response to feedback from previous cohorts.
We have run both the salaried and training programme routes lead to the internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) qualification, which includes 60 credits at Masters level and full QTS, and will prepare successful candidates to teach across the primary age range.
Although the majority of teaching experience will be based in a Home School, trainees also undertake a second placement in another school from within the Teaching School Alliance.
In addition to practical, supported training experiences in their Home and Development Schools, trainees will be involved in whole-group training sessions provided by a range of University specialists and expert practitioners from Alliance schools. Our training programme also offers further opportunities to experience a wide range of high quality training and experience in schools across the Teaching School Alliance.
Throughout the training year, our trainees are formally supported in school by a designated class teacher and school-based tutor, as well as their University partnership tutor. They also have access to a strong network of support within their Home and Development Schools, from the University and across the Teaching School Alliance.
Our School Direct programme carries with it an expectation of employment in a school across the Teaching School Alliance on successful completion of the course, thus offering the potential for further professional development and career enhancement opportunities, including access to our highly-regarded Alliance NQT programme. Although it's not an absolute guarantee, the majority of our previous School Direct trainees have been successful in securing NQT posts in Alliance schools.
Click on this link to access the DfE’s teacher training search tool: find-postgraduate-teacher-training.education.gov.uk/start/location