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School Direct is a unique programme which allows you to train alongside experienced professionals, spending the vast majority of your time in a school or college setting whilst you train. You will complete one placement at Cardinal Newman and one placement at one of our partner high schools, which make up the Catholic Teaching Alliance, (CTA). This allows our trainees to gain teaching practice in both 11-16 and 16-18 settings. This gives you genuine training across the whole of the 11-18 age range, not only increasing your experience but also your employment prospects after completion.
You should also be able to show a commitment to teaching, including between 5-10 days of observations in a school or college. You can apply for School Direct before you have completed these observations but should be able to show that you are beginning to organise relevant experience. Discussions about your experience may form part of the interview process.
What can I expect?
Support for Trainees
We have a dedicated team of staff who will support you through your training, including:
You will train at Cardinal Newman College for half of the year, with the other half of the year spent at one of our partner high schools. All schools that make up the CTA are local, with strong reputations for excellence.
The Partnership includes:
What can I expect?
Training lasts one full academic year and you will typically spend four days per week on your first placement from September to January, with one day per week spent training with experts at either Cardinal Newman, Cumbria/CTA or one of the partner schools.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKE) can support candidates who do not have a degree in the subject which they would like to teach. Last year, nearly 40% of trainee teachers completed an SKE before embarking on their Initial Teacher Training (ITT), including long courses for those with prior A Level knowledge or work experience. Long courses are available until April 2019 and are fully funded by NCTL to equip candidates with the knowledge they need. SKE’s are available in Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Languages, Geography, Computing, English, Design and Technology and Primary Maths.
Successful candidate’s whom we think could benefit from SKE will be signposted to our nearest SKE provider at Cumbria University.
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