School Direct Primary Places

Become a teacher with MTSA School Direct

WE HAVE NOW FILLED OUR PRIMARY ALLOCATION FOR 2017 - 2018, PLEASE CONSIDER US FOR NEXT YEAR.  WE ARE STILL RECRUITING FOR SECONDARY TRAINEES.

To apply go to UCAS and search for Manchester Teaching School Alliance as a provider.

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Who are MTSA?

Manchester Teaching School Alliance is led by two designated teaching schools: Chorlton Park Primary School and Brookburn Primary School. The alliance brings together primary and secondary schools across South Manchester, and works in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. All MTSA members work together, to provide a high-quality teacher-training experience for primary and secondary Associate Teachers.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-based teacher training programme where you become an Associate Teacher in a school from the very first day of your training.

Why train to teach with Manchester Teaching School Alliance?

As an Associate Teacher with MTSA, you join a team of staff committed to delivering the highest quality learning and teaching to children in Manchester. You can immerse yourself in school life from day one. Your mentors will support you fully, using innovative training to enable you to become a resilient, successful and fulfilled professional who can make a difference.

What can MTSA School Direct offer you?

  • Teaching placements in a network of schools in our alliance
  • Cross-phase training experiences throughout the course – from early years to sixth form
  • Trained mentors in all schools supporting every aspect of your professional development
  • Weekly professional studies sessions facilitated by outstanding teachers, centred around issues directly related to teaching and learning in inner city contexts
  • Meetings with other associate teachers from a wide trainee network across Manchester
  • Regular pedagogical training sessions at the University of Manchester (primary) and Manchester Metropolitan University (secondary)
  • Gaining Qualified Tutor Status (QTS), a PGCE, and Masters level credits
  • Support with further professional development in your first year of teaching  
  • Experiences not offered through the traditional PGCE route such as:
  • Visits to specialist provision such as a pupil referral unit (PRU)
  • First Aid training
  • Residential training experience developing your emotional resilience, mindfulness and happiness

Who are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit Associate Teachers who are dedicated to pursuing success for children across Manchester. Our Associate Teachers are lifelong learners who want to fulfil their potential both in the classroom and in their professional development.

Our current trainees all have varied backgrounds. Some had previously been employed as Teaching Assistants within a school before coming to train, others came straight from university, and others were career-changers who had worked in another field before training to teach. We had applications from mature students, from those who had worked overseas, parents with families and from candidates who were relocating to the Manchester area.

How many places are available?  

For the academic year 2016 - 2017 we have recruited 9 primary and are still recruiting up to 30 secondary Associate Teachers. We received approximately 5 applications for each place last year.

What are the entry requirements for School Direct?

Associate Teachers must have a degree. For secondary applications this should be in a relevant subject. Good standards of written and spoken English are also essential.

How do I apply?

You need to apply through UCAS.

Go to www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training and search for Manchester Teaching School Alliance as a provider.

What is the interview process?

Trainees are interviewed by both MTSA and the University. The interview with MTSA has 4 elements consisting of a teaching task, a written task, a short presentation and a panel interview. Trainees will also have to pass their maths, literacy and science skills tests.

What are the fees?

They currently stand at £9,500 for the year.

Where will I be placed?

MTSA places Associate Teachers in a network of primary schools across our alliance. These include Brookburn, Chorlton Park, Manley Park, Barlow Hall, Oswald Road, St John's RC and Chorlton CE. All these schools are located in or around Chorlton in South Manchester and have achieved good or outstanding Ofsted ratings.

Which year groups will I be placed in?

Associate Teachers complete placements in both Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6). These are the placements where you will be assessed.

You will also complete a week in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-11) and 2 weeks in Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception). These placements are for experience only and are not assessed.

You will then be qualified for the entire primary age range. You do not have to select a specialism although you may want your final placement to be in the age range where you feel most confident, as this placement is slightly longer than the others.

How will the course be assessed?

Associate Teachers currently have 4 assignments to complete, along with several shorter ‘reflection points'. In addition to this, when you are on teaching placements, you will need to complete planning, evaluations, marking and self-assessment against the teaching standards. These will be monitored and/or assessed by your mentor.

Your teaching will also be observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least 1 joint observation with your professional mentor and 1 joint observation with your University link tutor. These are the people who will be available to support and mentor you through your training.

Can I refresh my subject knowledge?

Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset. As an Associate Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen. Your training sessions at school and University will assist here, but you are also expected to fill in gaps in your subject knowledge autonomously in order to be confident and competent in teaching accurately.

What proportion of time is spent in school and at University?

Associate Teachers spend 29 days in University, 18 days on school-based training and have 120 days teaching experience.

How do I become a qualified teacher?

The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the teaching standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assessments, assignments and observations completed during your training.

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