Our inspiring and highly successful Tuition-fee School Direct programme is a fantastic route into becoming a teacher.
Being enrolled on a full-time tuition-fee programme means that you are classed as a full-time student, Associate Teachers (trainees) are not given sole responsibility for classes and will build up to teaching and planning slowly and gradually with the help of their School-based Mentor. This is therefore the perfect route for someone looking to ease themselves into teaching, building up to taking full lessons, without having sole responsibility for classes.
Programme Structure and Content
Like all of our programmes, this route incorporates hands-on classroom practice in two placement schools with ongoing training and professional learning sessions. The two block placements of equal length aim to provide a contrasting experience and we will always aim to be flexible with placement locations to accommodate your personal circumstances.
Our unique programme begins with a compulsory pre-training week from the beginning of July where you will get to meet your mentors and visit your first placement school. Then in September you will start the Rapid Development Programme, which provides you with focused support and guidance to develop and test out your ‘teacher’s toolkit’. The time during this intensive programme is divided approximately half and half between training sessions and time in your first placement school.
Throughout the rest of the year you will continue to attend professional training once a week. Our training is delivered by some of the best teachers in the county and will always incorporate research and theory as well as practical tips and advice. We have an incredible team of subject specialists that also provide tailored and specific sessions linked to your subject area.
Below is a flavour of some of the sessions you will take part in:
Lesson planning and design
Special Educational Needs and disabilities
Wellbeing for children
Working with parents and carers
And many more!
Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 can be made through UCAS or Apply for Teacher Training – The DfE’s new application service. Open now!
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
Please see the attached document for details of programme codes. The fees for our full-time Tuition fee programme are £8,150 for QTS and £9,250 for PGCE with QTS. Please be aware that the structures and finance for our part-time programme does differ, so make sure you see the separate part-time page for that route.
Tuition fee loans and maintenance loans are available from Student Finance/ Student Loans Company. For those eligible for student finance funding you can access a loan to cover the full fee amount – regardless of other student loans you may have previously taken out – and you may be eligible for maintenance funding too. There are also other financial support options for some applicants depending on circumstances, such as childcare grants or special support grants which are paid via Student Finance too. We would advise that all applicants use the Student Finance Calculator to check eligibility for funding, if you are unsure of the result then do contact Student Finance directly.
Scholarships and bursaries are available for some programmes for candidates with a 2:2, 2:1, 1st, master’s or PhD; see the DfE Teaching website for further detail.
Bursaries and Scholarships for 2021-22 Programmes:
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.
Additional Information for Primary Enhanced Programmes
Primary Early Years 3-7
This programme is suitable for applicants who want to specialise in the 3–7 age range. You can complete this course on either the tuition fee route or the salaried route. On this route, Associate Teachers take part in all the training available on the regular primary route but benefit from having additional sessions specific to the Early Years setting. On this programme, Associate Teachers have one placement in Early Years and one placement in KS1. It is a popular programme which is the perfect combination of theory and reflective practice across the 3 to 7 age range.
For this programme we work closely with our excellent early years providers across the county and the additional sessions are run in various Early Years settings across the county.
Primary SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) 5-11
This programme is suitable for applicants on either the tuition fee or salaried programme who want to specialise in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. On this programme, Associate Teachers will have one placement in a special school and one placement in a mainstream school (5 to 11 age range). Associate Teachers will take part in all the training available to the regular primary route but will benefit from having additional session on working with children with SEND in a special school setting.
For this programme, we work closely with Outstanding special school providers such as Frank Wise Special School who deliver the additional enhanced training sessions.
Please note, this programme is designed for applicants wishing to go on to work as a teacher in a special school as opposed to those who have a more general interest in SEND; all of our programmes benefit from expert training in various aspects of SEND education and teaching for all pupils.
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.