School Direct at Turton

Initial Teacher Training Programme

Who are we?

 School Direct at Turton is an innovative, school led Initial Teacher-Training programme, based in Bolton, North West England, designed and formed through a strategic partnership between Turton School, Egerton Community Primary School and our alliance partners. Our PGCE with QTS programme will also give you 60 credits towards a Master’s degree. We are delighted to be working with our university partner, Liverpool John Moores University who support our aims of working creatively and flexibly with you, to provide the highest quality training.

Why School Direct at Turton?

Our vision is to ensure that you are prepared for the challenges of the classroom and well-equipped to benefit students in the schools in which you will train. We will work collaboratively and proactively with you to achieve high quality teaching and learning through continual professional development. You will work in a school for four days a week and will come back to Turton School on one day for lectures, workshops and professional development training. School Direct at Turton and Liverpool John Moores University share a common vision of teaching and learning, grounded in research and practitioner knowledge. This vision is underpinned by a shared passion and drive to train and develop you to be an outstanding and inspirational teacher who is highly employable, a highly successful teaching professional and leader of learning.
UCAS is now live! We look forward to receiving your applications for initial teacher training in Early Years, Primary or Secondary education.

OUR VISION FOR TEACHER TRAINING


TO INSPIRE

We train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and leaders of learning.

TO SUPPORT

We build strong and resilient practitioners who are adaptable and open to the changing landscape of education.

TO PROGRESS

We inspire trainee teachers and develop them in order to become enthusiastic, effective and critically reflective practitioners.

SCHOOL DIRECT AT TURTON TEAM


OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNER


“You can only effectively grow a partnership by being a quality provider and one of the really delightful things about Ofsted is that we can now say it’s not just us that thinks that we’ve got something quite special, Ofsted are saying it too.”
Jan Rowe
Head of Initial Teacher Education



LJMU Commitment to Partnership

"We are fully committed to working with schools to ensure the supply of a well-qualified, committed and socially engaged workforce able to take on the challenge of ensuring that all learners succeed. We know that genuine collaboration with school partners is key to the success of our initial teacher education programmes. We take our responsibility of listening to schools seriously and strive to involve our school partners in all that we do, from recruitment and course design and development, to the award of Qualified Teacher Status."

ITT PROGRAMME DETAILS


The Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Primary (Age 3-7 Years) (Code: 2Y6N) programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on a teaching career. Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, as a post graduate programme it also supports the development of a high degree of:

* Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
* Reflective practice linked to professional development
* Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
* Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge

Assessment:
Achievement of the Teaching Standards required for QTS is assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence based on your experience and practice in schools, and an assessment of performance in practice during the programme.

The PGCE academic assignments have been designed to complement and support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training programme. They involve a number of short written components; investigations and evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. All are designed to support you in linking student’s practical experience with your engagement and reflection on research in order to have a positive impact on student’s classroom practice and your pupils’ learning.

Support:
In school, the expertise of your Initial Teacher Training Mentor and Professional Mentor will enable you to make excellent progress through regular feedback. The department and school you work in will support you, both in terms of developing your pedagogic skills and any challenges you may face. At university, the highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise from school and university helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities available to today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support at university is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfill your potential.

Enrichment:
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and a variety of schools in our partnership.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Primary (Age 5-11 Years) (Code: 2XMB) programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focussed on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on a teaching career. Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, as a post graduate programme it also supports the development of a high degree of:

* Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
* Reflective practice linked to professional development
* Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
* Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge

Assessment:
Achievement of the Teaching Standards required for QTS is assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence based on your experience and practice in schools, and an assessment of performance in practice during the programme.

The PGCE academic assignments have been designed to complement and support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training programme. They involve a number of short written components; investigations and evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. All are designed to support you in linking student’s practical experience with your engagement and reflection on research in order to have a positive impact on student’s classroom practice and your pupils’ learning.

Support:
In school, the expertise of your Initial Teacher Training Mentor and Professional Mentor will enable you to make excellent progress through regular feedback. The department and school you work in will support you, both in terms of developing your pedagogic skills and any challenges you may face. At university, the highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise from school and university helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities available to today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support at university is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfill your potential.

Enrichment:
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and a variety of schools in our partnership.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education for secondary based subjects provides an intensive training experience, tightly focussed on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on a teaching career. Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, as a post graduate programme it also supports the development of a high degree of:

* Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
* Reflective practice linked to professional development
* Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
* Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge

Assessment:
Achievement of the Teaching Standards required for QTS is assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence based on your experience and practice in schools, and an assessment of performance in practice during the programme.

The PGCE academic assignments have been designed to complement and support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training programme. They involve a number of short written components; investigations and evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. All are designed to support you in linking student’s practical experience with your engagement and reflection on research in order to have a positive impact on student’s classroom practice and your pupils’ learning.

Support:
In school, the expertise of your Initial Teacher Training Mentor and Professional Mentor will enable you to make excellent progress through regular feedback. The department and school you work in will support you, both in terms of developing your pedagogic skills and any challenges you may face. At university, the highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise from school and university helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities available to today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support at university is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfill your potential.

Enrichment:
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and a variety of schools in our partnership.

We are currently accepting applications for the following subjects:

Art and Design (2Y6M)
Biology (2Y6L)
Business Studies (2Y5V)

Chemistry (34H4)
Computing (2Y6J) 

Dance (2Y6H)
Design and Technology (2Y6G)
Drama (2Y6F)

English (2Y6D)
Geography (2Y6C)
History (2Y6B)

Mathematics (2Y69)
Modern Foreign Languages (2Y67)
Music (2Y6)
Physical Education (2Y5X)

Physics (2Y64)
Religious Education (2Y5Z)
Psychology and Social Science (2Y62)

Our programme differs from other, more traditional teacher training routes in that you are placed in a home school for the majority of your training. We discuss home school placements when you have accepted any offer we might make.

There is a university-based, week long summer school at the end of August prior to starting the course.

Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by teachers invested in teacher education. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your ITT Mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A member of LJMU staff is attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support you and your mentor.

All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff, ensuring that you are supported from start to finish, personally and professionally.

A 6 week placement will be undertaken in January in a complementary setting. The most striking difference is the university involvement. Liverpool John Moores University deliver the academic programme on site, at Turton School, on Wednesdays.

School based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by your Initial Teacher Training Mentor who will support your professional learning experience in school.

The course is delivered through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. We also make full use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

This programme is tightly focussed on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Your Personal Tutor will meet with you to monitor progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

Your ITT Mentor will organise and supervise your school-based training and will in turn be supported by an LJMU Tutor who will visit school several times during the year to support you.

You should have or expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in your subject specialism or related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.*

*PE – 2:1 degree classification

*Physics – 3rd degree classification

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with ecl-recruit@ljmu.ac.uk

Apply on the UCAS website now! You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code:2BS
  • Training programme code:2Y6M

The interview process takes place over a half-day at Turton School for Secondary applicants and at Egerton Community Primary School for Primary applicants. Interviews will take place weekly from October 16th 2019 to June 12th 2020.

During the interview, there will be:

  • an introductory meeting with a member of the School Direct at Turton training team
  • a 30-minute teaching task with a group of children from the school. Two members of the Initial Teacher Education team will observe you. You will be sent an outline of the lesson content and information about the group prior to interview. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to present with enthusiasm and conviction and engage the children in the class and the observers.
  • a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching.
  • the interview will be conducted by two members of the Initial Teacher Education team and will explore your experiences and provide you the best opportunity to demonstrate you knowledge, understanding and desire to become a teacher.
  • subject knowledge assessment (PGCE Secondary only
  • subject knowledge assessment (literacy and numeracy focus PGCE Primary only.
  • identity and qualification checks. You will be expected to bring: Photo ID (passport or driving license), GCSE Certificates or equivalent (including English & Maths at grade C / 4 or above) and Degree level certificate where appropriate.
Have you done your research?

No two teacher training interviews will be the same, so you need to be able to tailor your approach. Make sure you do your research about the school(s) or university that will be leading your training. If successful, you’ll be with them for a year (and possibly longer if one of your placements leads to employment).

When you receive an invitation for an interview, read it very carefully so you know exactly what to expect. Most interviews will take place over a full day – although some could take as little as an hour – and they can include some, if not all, of the following:

  • a review of personal documentation including examination certificates
  • a group task or discussion (e.g. discussion on current educational issues)
  • a short presentation – the topic may be given to you prior to the day of the interview
  • an individual interview, which could be one-to-one or with a panel
  • a written task, or tasks, which could involve a literacy test and/or subject-based test

So you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for every eventuality to improve your chances of making a great impression.

What qualities do you bring to teaching?

You’ll need to be sure you can provide compelling reasons for why you have all the right qualities for teaching. These include:

  • having an assured, committed reason for wanting to get into teaching and an understanding of how you can make a difference as a teacher
  • knowing what you can bring to the course you’re applying for – both in terms of your subject knowledge and the ethos of the school(s) or university leading your training
  • being able to explain what you’ve learnt from your school experience
  • showing you can apply transferable skills from any previous employment to teaching
  • understanding current policies and practices in education and teaching in general

You may have already given a lot of thought to these areas when crafting your written application. That’s a good start, but don’t be complacent and hope reciting that will carry you through.

And, as with any interview, you’ll be expected to demonstrate good personal, intellectual and communication skills – in fact, as a prospective teacher, these are vital skills.

The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:

UK Students – £9250

EU students – £9250

You may may be eligible for a loan while you study,or if you are from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances.

A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.

Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training due to your subject confidence – you can top up your subject knowledge with an SKE. These fully funded courses are available if:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at degree level 
  • you have an unrelated degree, but relevant professional experience in the subject
  • it’s been some time since you used your degree knowledge 

SKE courses are available in: maths, physics, languages, chemistry, computing, biology, geography, English, religious education, design and technology, and primary maths. Schools or universities will identify your need for an SKE as part of their selection process, usually at interview. If they feel you need to enhance your knowledge, but have potential to be a great teacher, they’ll offer you a teacher training place on the condition that you complete an SKE course. 

Length of courses

The length can vary from an eight-week refresher course to 28 weeks. Your training provider will decide the course lengths, which will depend on the required specialist knowledge you’ll need to teach the subject effectively. 

Tax-free SKE bursary of up to £5,600

You could get a tax-free SKE bursary of £200 per week to support you throughout the course. Depending on the course length, in total you could receive a bursary of £5,600 for a 28-week course or £2,400 for a shorter course of 12 weeks.

Delivery of SKE courses

SKE courses are available all over England at universities, schools, or with other organisations. They can be completed before, or alongside your teacher training and are available to study full-time or part-time, classroom-based or on-line. The SKE directory sets out what courses are provided.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Availability is dependent on the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary or scholarship, trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria as either a home or EU student.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.

SubjectScholarshipBursary (Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s)
Chemistry, computing, geography, languages, and physics£28,000£26,000
Biology and classicsno scholarship available£26,000
Secondary mathematics£22,000£20,000
Englishno scholarship available£15,000
Design and technology, historyno scholarship available£12,000
Music, religious educationno scholarship available£9,000

Graduates with a 2:1 and above can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot also receive a bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship may be eligible for a bursary, if they meet the eligibility and qualification criteria.​

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TRAINEE TESTIMONIALS


“I decided to train to teach with SD at Turton as I was looking for a North West provider that would allow me to train “on the job”. Being a mature student who had been out of education for 10 years I was more comfortable in the world of work than in a lecture theatre and so training directly with a school suited my needs. From initial enquiry, through to interview it was clear that SD at Turton was the training provider for me – they were knowledgeable, encouraging and I really felt like the training was tailored toward me as an individual and the support I needed to succeed. Completing my ITT with SD at Turton was fantastic. The mentors and all other staff, teaching and support, were encouraging, supportive, incredibly professional and with high expectations that all ensured my readiness for my NQT year. I cannot thank Jo and the team enough.”
Rebecca Scott
English
"My experience of the School Direct at Turton teacher training programme was incredible. School Direct at Turton has a great sense of community and this was observed right from the first day. Being a new member of staff can always seem nerve wracking but I was welcomed by all. The lectures were engaging and not only strengthened my knowledge of teaching practice and pedagogy but supported me in the development of becoming ‘Miss Allcock’, becoming the best teacher version of myself. The engagement and support from the mentors was second to none, the members of my department, mentors and wider staff were full of encouragement. My practice was observed and meaningful and targeted feedback was given to help me to continually improve. The timetable built over time, which enabled me to grow in confidence and get to know the students. I can only thank those that helped me throughout the year."
Beth Allcock
Faith & Ethics and History
"During my time with School Direct at Turton I found that the training provided not only stimulated and developed my teaching, but also helped me develop as a person. The team that run the program work hard to ensure bespoke and purposeful training is available for everyone, at every stage of their development. The support I received throughout my training from different mentors has given me the resilience and confidence to be able to try new things and reflect on their outcomes. Everyone I have encountered is happy to help and there is always a true sense of a team spirt working with colleagues. As an ex-student of Turton myself, the overwhelming sense of community is evident throughout the training process and the school. My biggest takeaway from my training is: If you are ever unsure, just ask!"
Adam Little
Mathematics
School Direct at Turton provided me with all the training and experiences that I needed in order to become a qualified Primary School Teacher. I wouldn’t have been where I am today, working within my dream role, without the expert training and guidance from the School Direct team. The programme is mapped out in such a way that you learn through ‘hands on’ experiences which is reflected and explored in practical and theoretical engagements with the University. This approach was crucial in my development as a teacher. The unique selling point for me was that it was a local training hub working with local schools and the community ethos I felt throughout was noteworthy. Securing a job within my placement school was thanks to the first-class training that Turton provided and the hard work that went into this excellent programme.
Johnny McGowan
Primary

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School Direct at Turton
Turton High School
Bromley Cross Road
Bolton
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