Our inspiring and highly successful Tuition fee School Direct programme is a fantastic route into becoming a teacher. Like all our programmes this route incorporates hands-on classroom practice in two placement schools with ongoing central training and professional learning sessions.
Being enrolled on a Tuition fee programme means that you are classed as a full-time student, Associate Teachers (trainees) are not given sole responsibility for classes though you will build up to teaching and planning with the help of your School-based Mentor.
Our unique programme begins with a compulsory pre-training week from 8th-12th July, then in September candidates will start the Rapid Development Programme, which provides Associate Teachers with focused support and guidance to develop and test out their ‘teacher’s toolkit’. The time during this intensive programme is divided approximately half and half between central training sessions and time in you first placement school.
Basic hours at your placement schools and at Central Training will be between 8:00am and 4:00pm and on occasions you will be required to attend additional events. We work with schools across Oxfordshire and it is therefore important that you are able to travel to different locations across the county.
The deadline for applications for 2018-19 Tuition fee programmes will be the beginning of June 2019 (date TBC), due to the processes which will need to be undertaken before the July induction week and before the programme begins in September.
Being on placement from day one allows you get a feel for what school life is like from the start. The mixture of being at our placement school and in training each week is a helpful balance. I appreciate having regular training sessions whilst being on placement because gives us the opportunity to put what we are learning straight into action. It also means that we can discuss our successes and challenges as they arise with others on the course; working alongside such passionate and determined Associate Teachers is a pleasure and it is really helpful to hear about their different experiences and schools.
Rebecca Callard - Primary
Programme Codes and Financial Information
The fees for our Tuition fee programme are £7,750 for QTS and £9,250 for QTS with PGCE. Scholarships and bursaries are available for some programmes, depending on the degree classification. Please note that the financial award is based on the ITT programme you undertake (i.e. subject you will teach) and not the subject content of your degree.
Tuition fee loans and maintenance loans are available from student finance/ Student Loans Company. There are also other financial support options for some applicants depending on circumstances, such as childcare grants, special support grants.
FULL TIME CODE
PART TIME CODE
1st, 2:1, 2:2, Masters or PhD
Art & Design (11-16)
Biology (11-16) incl Biology with PE
Business Studies (14-19)
Geography (11-16) incl Geography with PE
Mathematics (11-16) incl Mathematics with PE
MFL ** (11-16)
PE (11-16) incl PE with English, Maths, Science, MFL, Geography or History
Primary EY (3-7)
Primary SEND (5-11)
Social Sciences (14-19)
We are offering P.E combined with the EBACC subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, MFL, Geography and History). If you wish to apply for these programmes. please apply using UCAS code 2LDN and let us know the subject that you would like to combine with P.E. In order to undertake the programme you must hold an A-level at grade C or above in the companion subject.
We also offer combined Biology with P.E (UCAS code 3D2Y full-time and 3D3D part-time) and Maths with P.E (UCAS code 2RJK full-time and 37RX part-time). Please make clear your intention to apply for Biology or Maths with P.E in your application.
* Design Technology – We generally place candidates in Food Technology, Textiles or Product Design but are open to applicants with skills and experiences across a variety disciplines or with a particular specialism.
** Modern Languages – We generally place candidates with a main language in French, Spanish or German. In addition to the main language we expect all of our Associate Teachers to develop a second language which will usually be from the same list. There is significant support available so that you can develop your expertise in the second language, including through nationally funded ‘Subject Knowledge Enhancement’ courses.
About Our Programmes
All our programmes are very highly regarded by those who have trained or are training with us, and crucially also by the Headteachers that recruit teachers who have trained on them. Our programmes are designed and led by practicing teachers who really understand what you need in order to become a successful and confident practitioner who will thrive in their career in the classroom, and potentially beyond, as a school leader.
If you are going to be a school teacher why learn how to do it anywhere other than in schools? Of course, this approach doesn’t mean that you simply learn to copy one particular school’s approach or system, in fact the reverse is true. Everyone who trains with us has two placements, as well as opportunities to experience teaching and learning in a wide range of other settings, in order to develop a deep understanding of the diversity that exists within our education system. Our flexible approach also means that we are often able to arrange bespoke placements, experiences and learning opportunities for individual Associate Teachers who are keen to develop particular skills or areas of interest.
Our Central Training sessions cover all the essential aspects required to become a successful teacher and are designed and delivered by expert and highly credible practitioners. Our programmes are carefully designed to ensure that through your school practice, central training and focused personal reflection you develop the necessary skills as well as a sophisticated understanding in order to be a great teacher.
‘Central training makes an excellent contribution to trainees’ development as new teachers.’ Ofsted Inspection report 2017.
Coherence and relevance are the key criteria we apply when designing our programmes and so we draw on the latest national and international evidence base when determining how best to prepare you for your career as a teacher. This also means that our fantastic school-based mentors know and understand the programme, but also how to be highly effective in their mentoring role.
Great teaching and great schools are based on great relationships and by training with us you will immediately be connected with some great networks. Central to our approach to training and development is the importance of reflection; we make sure that you have good people around you to support with this so that you can explore your own developing identity as a teacher.
Possibly the most important networks in your training year are the ones in your placement schools. All our trainees are called ‘Associate Teachers’ so that from the outset you are recognised as a teacher, not a ‘trainee’ or ‘student’ who is only dropping in for a few weeks, therefore the staff, the students and the wider school community will all see you as part of that network.
‘Partnership leaders and staff know trainees extremely well and are attentive to their professional development, performance and well-being throughout the programme. As a result, trainees feel completely supported and challenged.’ Ofsted Inspection report 2017.
The use of GoogleDrive for the online portfolio and the reflective journal really help me to keep track of my work and the progress that I have made throughout the year.