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How to Apply:

Full information on the application process can be found on the UCAS website.

UCAS have released a selection of videos for applicants including information on the application process and requesting a reference. In addition there is a video for Referees on providing a reference.

The UCAS Teacher Training application system for the Academic Year 17-18 opens in October 2016.

We strongly advise early applications for our training routes.

For ease of research and application,  the  UCAS course codes are listed in the table above. Please search Farlingaye & Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance (1GN) on the UCAS Search for Training Programmes page.

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If you apply for this training programme and are successful in being shortlisted, we will contact you directly to arrange an interview.

If you do have any queries or concerns, please contact us. jellis@farlingayekesgravetsa.co.uk

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About the programme

Schools Direct Tuition will lead to QTS, PGCE and credits towards Masters. Training will be delivered by University of East Anglia in conjunction with the schools in the consortium.

We are no longer recruiting for the Academic Year 2016/17

We should be offering the subjects in the table on the right for the Academic Year 2017 -18. UCAS will open in October 2017.

Why train with us?

As a secondary teacher trained in partnership with UEA you will have excellent career opportunities in education.  A major characteristic of UEA teacher training programmes is that teaching is informed by research, so as well as gaining plenty of classroom experience you will be in touch with leading research and thinking about how to teach your subject.  The quality of UEA subject-specific training is outstanding, and the professional development programme is uniquely strong.  UEA tutors are all experienced and successful teachers who are knowledgeable in their field.

Our partnership schools are all excellent schools, who have a specific interest in teacher training and career development. Our school mentors are second to none, supportive at all times and have the appropriate skill set and experience to guide you through your training.

About the programme:

School Direct will lead to a PGCE with QTS and you will undertake assignments which count as 90 credits towards a Master’s. This will provide you with a good base from which to complete an MA in Educational Practice and Research, with a further year’s part-time study plus dissertation (conferring a further 90 credits).  The course is provided by UEA in conjunction with schools in the cluster.

How is the programme organised:

This is a 38 week, full-time training programme starting in September and finishing at the end of June. About 70% (120 days) of the time is spent in schools so that you gain a good understanding of how schools work and are well-prepared to take on your first teaching job after successful completion of the training year. You are usually expected to be in school throughout the working day. The course is very intensive and most trainees find that they are not able to do part-time work.

Where does training take place?

During the year you will be placed in one of our Partner Schools where you will work with pupils across the secondary age range. This will include the opportunity to gain experience of post-16 education. The first school placement takes place in the autumn term and the second school placement in the spring and summer terms. We aim to give you two contrasting school experiences, so that you have the opportunity to teach a variety of young people.  Applying for a School Direct place means that you will know in advance where the partnership plans to place you for your second school placement, organised by the lead school to which you apply.

Schools within the UEA partnership include:

Debenham  High School

East Bergholt High School

Farlingaye High School

Kesgrave High School

Northgate High School

Sir John Leman High School

Stowupland High School

Westbourne Academy

You will have a subject mentor in each of your placements schools, as well as having mentoring support from the link teacher (who is often a member of the senior leadership team). From the beginning you will be treated as a member of staff and will have the opportunity to attend staff meetings and staff development days. Our mentors are experienced teachers who have undertaken training to develop their mentoring skills.

During the training year you will also attend curriculum subject training days and professional development training days at the University of East Anglia. Taught sessions are led by both university tutors and colleagues from partner schools.

For more information visit www.uea.ac.uk/education/pgce/school-direct

What will I do during training?

At the start of your training in your placement school you will carry out focused observation of lessons. You will gradually progress from observing other teachers to working with small groups of pupils in a lesson and then to planning and teaching your own lessons. You will receive formative guidance and feedback from your tutors and mentors and you will be supported to reflect critically on what you do.

Career progression:

Career opportunities within the teaching profession are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. Within a few years of beginning teaching many teachers are able to gain promotion to leadership positions within their key stage, subject, or for pastoral responsibilities, with the prospect of further subsequent progression to senior management as a senior teacher.

What funding will I receive?

Trainees pay a course fee to study on the course. Most of our trainees are eligible to receive a bursary based on subject and degree level, and maintenance loans and maintenance grants may also be available.

For further information on bursaries, scholarships, and student loans please take a look at the information in the following links:



Please note training bursaries are only available to students who have been classified as Home/EU for fee purposes.

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