What is School Direct?
The School Direct route with Tidal
School Direct is an exciting, hands on, school-led training programme which gives you the chance to learn 'on the job' in two schools within the Tidal TSA. working as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from outstanding, experienced and practising colleagues to enable you to immediately put your new skills to good use. If you are successful, the programme will lead to PGCE with qualified teacher status (QTS).
The PGCE qualification for trainees beginning in September 2021 is assessed and awarded by our Higher Education Partner, Sheffield Hallam University, through our delivery partner Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training (YWTT) based at South Hunsley.
School experience in Tidal schools
Although our School Direct route is delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training, the school experience and support in the Tidal partnership schools forms a significant part of your teacher training. Being placed in the right school for your needs is critical to the success of your training year.
The first few weeks of your training programme involves an introductory placement in one of the Tidal partner schools. This will be your grounding in teaching and allows you to develop your practice in a supportive environment. Following this placement, you will go to your ‘main placement’ where you will be based for the remainder of the year. This structure allows you to make your early mistakes in a different environment, ready to then take on the challenges of teaching in your main host school.
School experience is such a key part of your training and our system ensures that you get the best support and practice that you can. Your timetable will build up gradually, depending upon your experience (decisions on this are made between you and your mentor), with the aim that you are teaching 65-70% of a full timetable by the end of the programme, preparing you effectively for the 80% timetable that you would teach as an NQT.
The course opens in September with an induction week which covers the essential information needed before the start of school experience. From week two onwards, at least 4 days per week are spent in school with the fifth day undertaking professional studies sessions at the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training base at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College.
The PGCE qualification
There are two separate qualifications that you will be working towards in your teacher training year; Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
You will be assessed at six points during the academic year, where your mentor will write a report on your progress to date, against each of the eight Teachers’ Standards. These reviews are then used to form the judgement at the end of the programme for the awarding of QTS. Don’t worry though, we are there to support you throughout the programme!
The PGCE qualification is assessed and awarded by our Higher Education partner, Sheffield Hallam University. This is assessed by three academic assignments written during your training year, based on critical reflection of theory and practice.
YWTT is accredited to provide trainees with Qualified Teacher Status, (QTS) To enhance our outstanding course, we commission Sheffield Hallam University, (University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020) to combine our QTS with Masters Qualifications to award a full PGCE qualification.
The PGCE assignments are carefully integrated into YWTT provision, ensuring a coherent training package. PGCE sessions are delivered at the YWTT training base by Sheffield Hallam tutors who will support you through specially designed modules that enable you to analyse your classroom practice in the light of research and educational theory.