Hove Park is a school where children’s achievements come first. The teaching, the curriculum, the structure of the school day as well as the opportunities for extra-curricular sport and activities, are all designed to support high quality and engaging learning experiences for all of our students. To this end we are committed to making sure we have the highest quality teaching and support staff with a very strong commitment to their own development and learning. We use training and support to improve the quality of provision and maximise the impact on learning. “The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.” (Michael Barber & Mona Mourshed, McKinsey & Co, September 2007)
Teaching is a highly rewarding profession and we have a long standing commitment to developing outstanding teachers of the future. In the current climate, routes into teaching are varied and the application process can be somewhat bewildering. We hope the information provided about School Direct will help you make the important decision that teaching is the right choice for you.
What is School Direct?
School Direct is a route into teacher training which allows schools or groups of schools to take a leading role in ITT provision in partnership with an accredited provider. It is underpinned by a belief that schools can improve the system by creating more school led training that best meets the needs of schools and trainees. School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to work within their partnership of schools. This new training route allows you to choose the school in which you train with an expectation, but no absolute guarantee, of employment once you finish.
If you prefer to spend more time training in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment, then a School Direct programme could be a good option for you.
What are the different routes?
In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience, there are two separate School Direct training options:
- School Direct Training Programme (Unsalaried) is available to high-quality graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support you while you train.
- School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train.
Information about these different routes as well as bursaries and scholarships can be found on the Teaching Agency Website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching.
In addition to awarding QTS, both the University of Brighton and University of Sussex also offer the PGCE qualification on the School Direct programme.
Timeline for recruitment
You will initially apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training
Your application in the first instance will go to Hove Park School, Lead School in the Brighton and Hove Partnership. Your application will then be processed through the Universities and passed on to relevant schools. Thereafter we will commence the recruitment process as a Partnership of schools across the City.
There will be two rounds of applications as per the schedule set out below:
|Application Window||18th November- 6th January 2014 (midday)|
|University Interviews||9th-13th December 2013|
|School Based Interviews||6th-10th January 2014|
|Communication of Decision||13th January 2014|
|Application Window||20th January until positions filled|
|School Based Interviews||Ongoing|
University Interviews: a subject interview, a presentation on a given topic, a written task and compliancy checks will be conducted on this day.
School Based Interviews: the day will comprise a teaching activity, a discussion activity, and a formal interview.
Who is in the partnership?
In 2014/15 Hove Park School will be working in partnership with nine other secondary schools and two Sixth Form Colleges in Brighton & Hove as well as the Universities of Brighton & Sussex::
- Hove Park School www.hovepark.org.uk
- Dorothy Stringer School www.dorothy-stringer.co.uk
- Longhill School www.longhill.org.uk
- Varndean School www.varndean.co.uk
- Varndean College www.varndean.ac.uk
- Cardinal Newman School www.cardinalnewman.fluencycms.co.uk
- Portslade Aldridge Community Academy www.paca.uk.com
- Blatchington mill School www.blatchingtonmill.org.uk
- University of Sussex www.sussex.ac.uk
- University of Brighton www.brighton.ac.uk
- BHASVIC www.bhasvic.ac.uk
- Brighton Aldridge Community Academy www.baca.uk.org
- Patcham High School www.patchamhigh.brighton-hove.sch.uk
Partnership School Direct places for 2013/14:
|Hove Park School||Computer Science Salaried
|Blatchington Mill||Computer Science Unsalaried
|Dorothy Stringer||Computer Studies Unsalaried
|Longhill School||Art Unsalaried
|Varndean School||Art Unsalaried
Maths Salaried x 2
Science Salaried x 2
What are the entry criteria?
- UK university degree or recognised equivalent.
- Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and mathematics.
- It is our expectation as a Partnership that candidates applying for both Salaried and Unsalaried Routes have a minimum of 20 days of school based experience. For the Salaried Route, you will need to have 3 years of careers experience, not necessarily in a school environment.
- You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service clearance application form to verify your suitability to work with young people.
- You will be required to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests prior to applying.