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Thornleigh Salesian College
Sharples Park
Bolton, BL1 6PQ

contact@thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk

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Training Opportunities

School Direct – a new way to train to be a teacher!

If you are considering teaching as a career, come and train with our outstanding St Ambrose Barlow RC High Teaching School Alliance!

We are looking for applications from enthusiastic, well qualified, potential trainee teachers who have a passion for their subject.

Why choose School Direct as a way to train?

• You will spend more time in school than trainees on a ‘traditional’ PGCE route.
• You will be training alongside outstanding teachers and lead professionals.
• You will receive excellent professional development within our Alliance schools and with our University Partners.
• You will experience the diversity of excellent education providers in different types of schools with different specialisms within our Teaching School Alliance.
• You will still have access to University facilities e.g. libraries, lectures etc
• You will gain a PGCE with Masters Accreditation through either the University of Manchester or Manchester Metropolitan University (both of which are graded as Outstanding for all areas of Initial Teacher Training).
• You will be supported in seeking employment on successful completion of training.

A sample of our available placements

Primary: (general, with a specialism in Maths) – two places (HEI partner Manchester Metropolitan University)
Secondary:
Sciences – Chemistry – one place, Physics – one place, Biology – one place (HEI partner The University of Manchester)
Design Technology (with a specialism in Graphics) – one place, Design Technology (with a specialism in Engineering) – one place (HEI partner The University of Manchester)
Mathematics – five places – (HEI partner Manchester Metropolitan University)

Please note that these placements are not salaried.

Entry Requirements for Primary School Direct

• A minimum of 2:1 honours degree
• At least 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades including English Language, Mathematics and Science. A grade B or above is desirable in English, Mathematics and Science.

A GCSE equivalency qualification may be accepted for those who have not had the opportunity to study Science at GCSE.

Entry Requirements for Secondary School Direct

• A minimum of a 2:2 degree (preferably a 2:1 degree) in the subject
• GCSE A*-C grade in Mathematics and English Language
You must meet the University’s general entry requirements for PGCE. Recent school experience e.g. observations, voluntary assistance, learning support in UK schools is desirable for both primary and secondary applicants.

Your placement will be in one of our alliance schools

It is important that you are able to travel as placements will be in Alliance schools within Greater Manchester, and trainees may also have joint professional development sessions in Alliance schools. Placements will be in schools of contrasting natures and you will have the opportunity to benefit from first-class professional development.

During the Autumn and Summer Term you will be on placement as specified in the subject and schools below. During the Spring Term you will be on placement in a different school within our alliance. You will also gain 6th Form, Primary and Secondary experience.

• Our primary schools are St Andrews C of E Primary School in Boothstown, Worsley, Salford and St Josephs RC Primary School in Shaw, Oldham. Go to http://www.st-andrews-worsley.salford.sch.uk/ and http://www.st-josephs.oldham.sch.uk/ to take a look.

• Secondary Mathematics placements will be at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton (2), St Pauls Catholic High School, Wythenshawe, Manchester (1) and St Thomas More RC College, Denton, Greater Manchester (1)

• Secondary Chemistry and Physics placements will be at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton. The Biology and Design Technology (specialism Graphics) placements will be at St Ambrose Barlow RC High School, Swinton, Manchester. The Design Technology (specialism Engineering) placement will be at St Pauls Catholic High School, Wythenshawe, Manchester.
• Go to these websites to find out more about our alliance partner schools/ colleges:

http://www.st-paulshigh.net/
http://www.thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk/
http://stthomasmore.tameside.myzen.co.uk/stmrc15/
http://www.loreto.ac.uk/
https://clc2.uniservity.com/GroupHomepage.asp?GroupID=268115
http://www.hawkleyhall.wigan.sch.uk/

Expectation to Employ

• There is an ‘expectation’ (but not a guarantee) of employment on successful completion of the programme within the wider network of schools. You would have to complete a full application process for any vacancy, the same as all other applicants.

Next steps ….

• Go to the Department for Education/Teaching Agency website to find out more about School Direct. Go to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training/school-direct.aspx
• Email Sally Finnemore for more information or to book a visit to St Ambrose School – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Complete the online application form at School Direct 
• Book your Literacy and numeracy tests. These must be passed as part of the application procedure and preferably before your interview. You cannot train to teach without passing these. To find out more information, to register and to book a test go to: www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests

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