School Direct/Teacher Taster Days
We are holding three days this year.
The next one is:
Wednesday 13th November 2019
- Tuesday 28th January 2020
These are a great opportunity to visit the school, observe lessons and talk to teachers involved in the training of school direct trainees. If you would like to attend the first one please complete the application form at the bottom of this page and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 8th 2019.
We have been allocated places in English, maths, physics, chemistry, biology, Modern Languages, geography, history, computing and design and technology(product design) to train from September 2020. We are also offering these courses as full or part time training courses.
Balcarras will work with GITEP, the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Programme, to ensure that we provide each person recruited with the best training possible. We are pleased to be able to say that this is also in conjunction with the University of Bristol.
To qualify for the scheme you should be a graduate (preferably 1st or 2:1)
- English – you would need a degree in English
- Maths – you would need a degree in maths or engineering
- Physics - you would need a degree in physics or engineering
- Chemistry - you would need a degree in chemistry, forensic science or biochemistry
- Biology - you would need a degree in biology, zoology or biochemistry
- MFL (we do French, Spanish and Russian but might be able to accommodate Italian or German as well) – you would need a degree in the appropriate language
- Geography – you would need a degree in geography
- History – you would need a degree in history
- Computing - you would need a degree in computer science
- Design and Technology – you need a degree in a relevant design subject or engineering
Please peruse our website and that of School Direct (click here)- we would be pleased to answer any queries you might have as well – you can contact Mrs Becky Atkin, our Training Manager, on email@example.com
Then if you wish to apply please complete the application form on the UCAS Teacher Training website www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training We will then arrange interviews and email you directly to let you know about the interview process.
School Direct costs £8000 for QTS and £9250 for PGCE. There are bursaries of up to £25,000 available and scholarships up to £30,000. For more information about bursaries please click here to go to www.education.gov.uk. If you have questions regarding bursaries and your eligibility for the course then please contact the GITEP office at firstname.lastname@example.org or their number is 0845 0779005.
Further information regarding training to teach can be found at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/
School Direct 2020-21
Balcarras was one of the pilot schools to be part of the School Direct programme, which started training teacher in September 2012.
Our 2018-19 cohort of five School Direct trainees have just completed their training and have secured jobs. They have particularly liked that they were in school from the first day and got to see the beginning of the school year for teachers and pupils. This has really helped them to feel that they are really valued members of the school. The subject mentors in each of the subjects have really appreciated that they train teachers that they themselves have recruited onto the training programme.
The GITEP course had an Ofsted inspection in 2015 and was graded as Outstanding. Balcarras school was involved in the inspection.
Inspectors noted in the report that “a key strength of the partnership is the sustained commitment to outstanding teacher training led by partnership school leaders and managers”. The outstanding quality of teaching inspectors saw from trainees and newly qualified teachers showed “skilled management of students’ behaviour by trainees and NQTs, underpinned by captivating lessons that engage and motivate students.” Inspectors also found that “trainees and NQTs really enjoy teaching”.
The interview process
The interview process at Balcarras is:
- Meet our head teacher, Mr Dominic Burke, on arrival
- Tour of the school by pupils
- Teach a 15 minute lesson on a particular aspect of your subject – which you would be given at least a week before the interview – this would be observed by one of our 3 training managers and someone from the relevant department
- One interview–with a training manager, the head of the relevant department and the course leader for School Direct
- Written tasks - A short literacy and numeracy test and a task to check your subject knowledge
This is a rigorous process but we want to choose the best candidates to train at Balcarras. We want prospective teachers who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject, committed to a career in teaching and ready to face the challenges of the training year.