The School Direct Programme is an intensive year, demanding full time commitment. Tutors and mentors are committed to providing generous support for trainees in meeting these demands, provided trainee teachers are totally committed.
The programme for the selection process includes a collaborative approach between the University of Worcester (UW) and the schools working in partnership. It will involve an interview at the school and the University.
Many schools offer open days & events prior to applications.
School Interviews include:
-Small group or class teaching
-Meeting pupils and staff
-Tour of School
UW interviews include:
-Introduction to the course
-Group discussion of general issues in education & what it means to be a teacher
-Subject specific presentations by applicants
-Meet subject tutors as a subject group followed by individual interviews
In the UW interview, candidates will be asked to plan a talk of between 3 to 4 minutes. You will be kept strictly to time. IT resources will be available. The presentations will take place in small groups which may be of candidates from other subject specialisms.
You will be judged on your ability to communicate clearly and on your engagement with the audience.
As part of the subject specific criteria, you will be asked to complete a written task. All teachers need to be able to write English clearly without errors of spelling, grammar or punctuation, because it is part of their job to teach pupils to do this. This task will help identify any difficulties you may have to address before joining the programme.
The individual interview will explore subject specific issues as well as your reasons for teaching. It will explore your attitudes to young people and your understanding of what teaching entails.
You will be judged against the criteria listed below.
1. Appropriateness of subject qualifications and relevance to subject teaching
2. Capacity to extend subject knowledge
3. Awareness of the role and responsibilities of a teacher
4. Teaching experience
6. Ability to communicate effectively
7. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, teaching
8. Awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
We normally require two references, of which one will be an academic reference for all applicants. For those applicants who finished their academic courses more than 5 years ago, we realise that this may not be the most appropriate. In such cases, employers or teachers from the school(s) you visited whilst gaining school experience are requested to comment on your suitability for the teaching profession.