Why apply for School Direct through NCTSA?
The NCTSA schools have a strong record of developing teachers through the recruitment of graduates and supporting them in achieving QTS.
We work with our partner Universities to deliver the School Direct programme. This contains elements delivered by the school, The Nottingham Catholic Teaching School Alliance and the University. Throughout the year there will also be regular opportunities to work with other trainees from across the Alliance. The programme is centred on classroom based practice, which is supported by high-quality theoretical sessions to support your development on your road to achieving Qualified Teacher Status.
How we support you:
We will support you through-
- Weekly observations with detailed feedback to support your progress against the Teachers’ Standards
- Weekly reviews to ensure you receive the support and training required
- A dedicated Subject-based Mentor
- A full programme of regular CPD opportunities to support your development
- Opportunities throughout the programme to observe good and outstanding teaching from a range of subjects
- A final assessment and verification
The school and the University work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured. You will spend four days in school and one day at University (this pattern is different if your training is with the University of Leicester) . University days are an opportunity to work with primary and secondary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school.
You will have a mentor assigned by the school who will undertake regular training at the University. You will also be allocated a University tutor who will work closely with you, your mentor and the coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the beginning of September, you will be regarded as a beginning teacher and will attend development days, staff meetings and school training events and extra-curricular activities. This will help you experience the role of a teacher in a school.
In most cases, in the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school for a period of six weeks. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.
The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored in the University sessions. Your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.