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Teacher Training

Course Guide 2021-22

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Ashmount School  

Thorpe Hill


Leicestershire  LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 268506

Loughborough Learning Alliance  

Thorpe Hill


Leicestershire LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 632911

Fax: 01509 231605

Secondary School Direct Teacher Training

Interested in becoming a Secondary School Teacher?

- Ashmount School is the lead school for the School Direct programme and there are eight Secondary Schools in the partnership – Limehurst Academy, Castle Donington College, Charnwood College, Humphrey Perkins, Iveshead School, Maplewell Hall School, Rawlins Academy and Woodbrook Vale.
In addition, we have built strong links with specialist departments in schools outside of our partnership.

- North Charnwood Learning Partnership (NCLP) is a well-established partnership of secondary schools based in Loughborough and the surrounding area.

- School Direct is an innovative training programme open to enthusiastic, high quality graduates or professionals who want to be part of a school team from day one whilst working alongside outstanding practitioners.

- You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support you while you train, depending on your degree classification and the course you’re applying for.

- We are passionate about teacher training and at the centre of our programme is a commitment to providing the best possible education for our pupils.

- North Charnwood Learning Partnership (NCLP) has a 100% pass rate for students on our School Direct PGCE programme.

- We have a strong track record of training and developing excellent teachers across KS3-5 in diverse teaching practice placements.

- We work alongside the University of Derby and Loughborough University (Physical Education only) to enable trainees to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Credits towards a Master’s Degree too.

- The application and interview techniques seminar and ‘mock’ interview ensure our students are well prepared when applying for teaching posts.

- We will support you every step of the way, with your own personal mentor and academic support from our partner Universities.

Subjects that we offer for Secondary teacher training

What will the training be like through Loughborough Learning Alliance and the University of Derby?

Training lasts for one academic year starting at the end of August.

We organise placements in 2 local secondary schools offering KS3-5 experience, with outstanding support from mentors.

You will be based for 4 days per week in your placement school, and the other day is spent at either Ashmount School or the University undertaking core training.

Key training is led by experienced and specialist leaders, including University staff, Headteachers, SLEs and successful teachers.

There is also the opportunity to complete Enhancement Placements in other types of schools.

What will the training be like for Secondary PE through Loughborough Learning Alliance and Loughborough University?

Loughborough University and the Loughborough Learning Alliance jointly recruit and select School Direct trainees.

The School Direct programme runs in parallel with Loughborough’s provider-led PGCE programme; both programmes are high quality and lead to equivalent outcomes in terms of the award of a masters level PGCE (90 credits) and QTS.

During the one year full-time PGCE course, all trainees undergo four school placements: one in a Primary School at the start of the course, one in a special school mid-way through the course and two extended placements (either side of the Christmas and Easter breaks), in different contrasting secondary schools.

School Direct trainees spend both extended secondary school placements in two of the alliance schools, schools are determined jointly in negotiation with Loughborough Learning Alliance and Loughborough University.

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