There are essentially two pathways within the School Direct course. All students are automatically on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course but all students have the opportunity, in consultation with their school partner, to opt into the School Direct PGCE pathway.
QTS Pathway – all students
The majority of your time on this course is spent in school. It is a requirement of all QTS courses that you get at least 60 days (or equivalent) training through the year. You will get at least 15 days taught sessions from the University and a course of professional development provided by the school. Your development in school will be supported by a mentor who will help you in your progress towards meeting the standards for QTS. You will be required to undertake a period of placement in a second school that provides a contrast to your base school.
School Direct PGCE Pathway – an option for all students
The School Direct PGCE pathway is a mixture of work based learning and academic assessments. All students on this pathway will study the aspects described above in the QTS pathway. In addition, Student Teachers who opt in to this pathway will be required to undertake academic study and write academic assignments. There are additional taught sessions and tutorial support to support students studying on this pathway.
Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject or phase, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.
This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject or phase. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subjects or phases.
The module enables you to choose an area on your School Development Plan and study this in more depth through a research project based in your school.
There are two possible awards from your School Direct course:
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Pathway, all successful student teachers will achieve the recommendation for QTS.
- School Direct PGCE Pathway, successful student teachers who (in consultation with their school partner) decide to opt in to the School Direct PGCE (as described in “What will I study?”) will be awarded a PGCE.