Initial Teacher Training

Why train on the Bishop Rawstorne School Direct programme?

Teaching is an enormously challenging profession but the rewards are immense. We firmly believe that the training programme and the support that follows must be of the highest quality in order to prepare our teachers to face the demands of any classroom, within any context. Having successfully recruited a number of high calibre applicants to our previous School Direct provision, we have much pleasure in recruiting to our new and improved School Direct Programme for 2019-2020 (11-16). 

We have an established and an ever growing partnership of schools who work closely with us to ensure that our unique Initial Teacher Training Programme is of the highest quality and will provide you with all of the support and resources you will need. We also have a close working relationship with the University of Cumbria and work collaboratively with staff from the university (who provide specialist input) to make sure that your experiences in school, and when completing assignments, are positive ones.

Schools within our partnership have been carefully selected to ensure that we can offer a wide range of opportunities that allow you to personalise your school based experiences. The main purpose of our alliance is to secure and promote high quality entrants to the profession, to facilitate high quality placements, and to offer a creative approach with a wide range of school experiences.  If you secure a place on our School Direct programme, we will ensure that you will work with outstanding practitioners who are committed to securing outstanding outcomes. Our schools are conveniently located across the Northwest and will provide you with a diverse range of teaching and learning experiences.  The schools that we are fortunate to have as our placement cluster schools include: Penwortham Girls’ High School, Byrchall High School, Brownedge St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Lostock Hall Academy, Balshaw's Church of England High School and St.Michael's Church of England High School. Moreover, at Bishop Rawstorne, and our cluster schools, we pride ourselves on supporting all trainee teachers throughout their teacher training experience and on our ability to secure employment for them, often within our own school or our partnership schools, at the end of the placement.

In addition, as we are a lead teaching school in the North West, you will have the benefit of many extras; for example, you will have access to a free twilight CPD programme, across a large number of our alliance schools. This will allow you opportunities for further networking, as well as the opportunity to gain cutting- edge training from experienced staff, many of whom are specialist leaders in education. We also offer you incalculable support with preparing for interviews and our trainees have a fantastic track record of securing employment.

In many respects, the most important people that you will meet in our schools are the pupils. Their friendly and welcoming demeanour helps to ensure that each of our schools can provide placements where you will be able to work with happy, confident, well behaved young people.  Staff also fully support this ethos and will help you to both 'find your feet' in school and then support your progress in developing your own teaching style. They have a wealth of experience and are eager to share their skills and knowledge with you.

About the programme

The training lasts for one academic year and leads to a qualification of a University of Cumbria PGCE and QTS; you will also have the opportunity to gain Masters Levels credits. The PGCE awarded is teaching at secondary level but what is special about our partnership is that there will also be opportunities for you to personalise your experiences during your placement by, for example, attending a primary school and a post-16 learning environment, preparing the teachers of tomorrow to meet the individual learning needs of all children.

Our distinct training programme will provide you with opportunities to work alongside expert and friendly practitioners from within the partnership who will support your professional development throughout the course and beyond.  Each of our schools has a Professional Mentor who runs a weekly programme of training events which will help you to understand your role within the context of the wider school. You will also be provided with your own Subject Mentor who will support your developing classroom practice and work with you as both a subject specialist and a coach.

The programme is ‘hands on’ with you undergoing two placements within one of our partner schools. The majority of the training that takes place will be conducted by ourselves, as well as our cluster schools or subject specialists. As a teaching school, we are fortunate to have over forty specialist leaders in education, as well as  a number of partner alliance schools, who can all offer a considerable amount of experience and expertise in supporting the training of all our trainees and qualified teachers.

In addition, you will be required to spend some training days at the University of Cumbria, in Lancaster. Here you will have multiple opportunities to develop your understanding of how different pedagogical approaches can be used to teach your subject through a subject knowledge development programme.  During these sessions, you will work with a highly experienced tutor, from within your subject specialism, who will help you to make the transition from a subject expert to a teacher of that subject.

What our trainees say

‘The PM sessions were tailored to our needs therefore each session was relevant and not a repetition of previous meetings. Helen made us feel that we could go to her at any time and when we needed her always made time for us. I feel very lucky’ 

‘Positive environment, continuous support throughout and dedicated staff. Overall, an amazing first teaching experience’ 

‘Staff are very welcoming and willing to give you guidance or advice’

‘The support from the school has been outstanding and the only downside is that I don’t get to stay here longer’

 

Eligibility

Our 2019-2020 entry requirements for our Bishop Rawstorne School Direct programme are as follows:

* A degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course. If you are in your final year, a successful outcome should be predicted by the referee.

* A standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course.

* You are required to undertake, and successfully complete, Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

* If a formal offer is accepted, applicants will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

*Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects. If your degree subject does not link to your chosen teaching subject, we can arrange for you to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.

Prior experience in a school is not required before applying but you may find this useful. We are more than happy to arrange this, if you so wish.

How to apply

Go onto the Department for Education (Find postgraduate teacher training service) website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses-in-england and search for us by postcode PR26 9HH, name 'Bishop Rawstorne School Direct' or provider code 18C.

Why teach?

Bishop Rawstorne have been working closely with the Department for Education to support their 'Get into Teaching' campaign. Please see the attached link which explains why our teachers and pupils are so passionate about teaching and why it is such a rewarding profession:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAaoqSHmpDE&feature=youtu.be

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE FOR 2019/2020

Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Physical Education, Religious Education, Computing, Art and Design and Music

For the last two years 100% of our trainees who have sought employment have secured it!

If you would like to spend a day observing lessons in your chosen subject area please contact us at jprescott@bishopr.co.uk or if you have any further questions about the programme, please contact Helen Winter - hwinter@bishopr.co.uk.

 

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