Valentines High School

Schools Direct

 

Why apply to train with us?

As a Teaching School and Leading Edge School, Valentines High School places quality professional development at the centre of its work. Valentines is a National Support School. We were among the first ten schools in London to be awarded the Pan London Quality Mark for CPD, achieving the highest ‘Gold’ Level for the quality of our work. We were also one of the first 100 Teaching Schools. Valentines is an “outstanding” school and we lead an alliance of high performing, welcoming and highly successful schools in East London, all of whom have considerable experience in developing the skills of trainee teachers across a range of initial teacher training programmes. Our partnership of schools comprises a range of primary and secondary schools including a faith school and special schools. They are conveniently located, which means trainees can engage with more than one school in the partnership. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences. We work with a range of leading London universities and all our School Direct programmes lead to PGCE qualifications.

What School Direct Programmes do we offer? SCHOOL DIRECT SECONDARY (non-salaried)

We are recruiting trainees for 2017-18 in the following subjects:

Subject Provider
English (Salaried) UCL Institute of Education
Physics (Salaried) University of East London
Mathematics (Salaried) University of East London
Art & Design (Non Salaried) Goldsmiths University
Biology (Non Salaried) University of East London
Business (Non Salaried) UCL Institute of Education
Chemistry (Non Salaried) University of East London
Computer Science (Non Salaried) UCL Institute of Education
Design & Technology (Non Salaried) Goldsmiths University
English (Non Salaried) UCL Institute of Education
Geography (Non Salaried) UCL Institute of Education
History (Non Salaried) UCL Institute of Education
Mathematics (Non Salaried) University of East London
Modern Languages (Non Salaried) UCL Institute of Education
Physical Education (Non Salaried) University of Greenwich
Physics (Non Salaried) University of East London

 

There are eight other secondary schools in the partnership, all located within a ten mile radius. For further information on all the partners check their websites below:

The Albany School, Hornchurch

Eleanor Smith School, Newham

Highams Park School, Waltham Forest

Holy Family School, Waltham Forest

Lister Community School, Newham

New Rush Hall School, Redbridge

Raines Foundation School, Tower Hamlets

Valentines High School, Redbridge

For more information on the IOE’s programme please follow the link below:

Secondary training route (non-salaried)

What will the training involve?

The School Direct Programme is designed to ensure that the trainee has a diverse school based experience that allows them to develop their skills in school based settings. You will be placed in a school within the Teaching School Alliance for your main placement. For the majority of your time with us you will be in school for four days a week with a day spent at the Institute of Education. You will be assigned an experienced mentor in school who will support you by meeting with you weekly, by observing lessons, by drawing up a suitable timetable that will develop your skills and broaden your experience. You will be placed in a school within the Teaching School Alliance for your main placement. In addition to the main placement you will also be placed in a second school for 6 weeks in the Spring term. This will enable you to experience a different environment and work with different pupils. We aim to ensure that student teachers have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 range at some point within their two placements. You will have the opportunity to spend a day or a short placement at a special school to learn about behaviour management strategies with more challenging students. As part of the SD programme you will join a highly successful secondary PGCE course at a leading London university and have full access to the University’s facilities. During the PGCE you will work with national and international experts in secondary education and in the teaching of your subject, and draw on the results of research studies in education. Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 M level credits that may be used towards a subsequent master’s degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

What are we looking for? We require the following qualifications/experience:

• MATHS/ENGLISH SCHOOL DIRECT - Good Honours degree (2:1 or above) from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification from abroad. It does not have to be a National Curriculum subject.

• SCIENCE/PRIMARY SCHOOL DIRECT - Good Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification from abroad. It does not have to be a National Curriculum subject.

• GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. Alternatively, we will accept equivalency tests from www.equivalencytesting.com only in the above subjects.

Please note that the science equivalency test MUST be in combined science. All equivalency tests must be passed by 1st September 2015. • QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be passed before 1st September 2015 or you will not be able to commence on the programme. • SECONDARY: We expect you to have at least observed lessons in secondary schools before your interview.

We are looking for the following qualities and attributes:

• enjoyment of your subject and the ability to communicate this to young people to stimulate interest in lessons and promote learning

• the capacity to be reflective and evaluate your teaching and students’ learning

• adaptability and the ability to work under pressure

• good inter-personal and team working skills

• good attendance, punctuality and professionalism

• good spoken and written English

• previous experience of working with children and young people

• familiarity with recent educational developments and trends

How do I apply?

You must apply through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Information about School Direct and how to apply are to be found at the following link: UCAS Teacher Training: How it all works;  https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/getting-started

How can I find out more about School Direct with the Valentines Teaching School Alliance?

If you would like to contact the school directly for further information please contact Steve Woodley at swo@valentines-sch.org.uk

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