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Why Train With Us?

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In partnership with the University of Sheffield and a wide range of partner schools, Ashfield School is offering Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes in secondary education for the 2019/2020 academic year. Available subjects for places are English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, MFL and Physics with Mathematics.

Our vision as Ashfield School Direct is to become a centre of educational excellence. Our ethos is that every professional in our alliance should strive to be the absolute best they can be for the benefit of the wonderful students in our care. This places professional learning at the centre of all that we do and we see initial teaching training as integral to this. We believe that working with trainee teachers is a mutual learning experience and hope to learn from you as much as you will learn from us.

Based just a few miles from Junction 28 of the M1, Ashfield School Direct is a first-class choice for graduates looking for a successful career in teaching. What’s more, with the school boasting 2700 students, there are a wide range of opportunities available for trainee teachers that allow for creativity in inspiring a new generation of students.

It is because of this that Ashfield School Direct offers aspiring teachers a broad range of opportunities across subjects and key stages. Working with The University of Sheffield, you will shadow colleagues and learn about the teaching environment in a range of contexts across our Two Counties’ Trust. The placements in our partner schools will give you valuable insights into different contexts and challenges faced to prepare you fully for a successful career in teaching.

We will offer support with recruitment and job applications and should a suitable vacancy arise in one of our network of schools, you may be fast-tracked to the interview stage.

The University of Sheffield is the accredited provider for this course. This is a Russell Group University which is respected internationally for their forward-thinking, research-led training. You will be working with the University to achieve a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) which carries 120 Masters' credits. Ashfield School Direct is dedicated to working with the University of Sheffield to produce a high quality training experience for students that will be just the first stage of a fulfilling and dynamic career in teaching.

We offer:

  • A partnership of good schools with high quality providers (PGDE with The University of Sheffield).
  • A high quality training programme for English, Maths, the Sciences, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography and History.
  • The University of Sheffield is a world top-100 university.  As a member of the UK's prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.
  • The University of Sheffield are voted number one in the Russell Group for overall student experience for the fourth year running by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.  The students' Union was also voted number one in the UK for the ninth year running.
  • A course led by a highly skilled team of mentors and lead teachers.
  • A wide variety of opportunities to collaborate with other schools across our Two Counties’ Trust and gain experience in a broad range of school environments.
  • You will be part of Ashfield School staff from day one, which means we take a real interest in your development as a teacher, from training through to leadership.
We hope that you will choose to start your teaching career with Ashfield School ITT and help deliver an outstanding education for the benefit of the students in our care.

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The Training Programme

Course overview:

The course is designed to prepare student teachers to teach pupils in the 11-19 age range in the schools of today and tomorrow.

Some key features of the University of Sheffield course are:

  1. A small, dedicated team of tutors who provide excellent support for all students.  Our tutors work with you throughout the year on all aspects of your studies.
  2. Excellent school partnerships.  Two thirds of the course is spent in school, and many of our partnership schools are closely involved in the university-based parts of the course.  Our longstanding relationships with schools enable us to ensure excellent continuity for students.
  3. Constant innovation.  Ofsted (2011) commented on the innovative features of the training which contribute strongly to developing trainees who are reflective, self-critical and capable of working independently.
  4. The chance to reflect.  Teaching is an intensive profession, and at the start of your career it is essential that you have the opportunity to develop skills as a reflective practitioner.  During your first placement, for example, you will spend every Friday in the University sharing your experiences from the week and considering ways in which you can develop your teaching over the next week.

The Structure of the PGDE Course

In the University based part of the course, students spend roughly 75% of their time in subject groups and 25% in cross-curricular Educational and Professional Studies (EPS) groups. Secondary school experience commences during October, with students returning to the university to share and reflect on experience. A longer period of school experience takes place from the end of January to the end of May. Students complete four assignments at Masters level, exploring issues and school experience through research investigations and critical reflection. In the summer term, students undertake an Enrichment or Enhancement Experience in a different educational context.

Sample Course Outline:

A broad outline of the course is shown below:

SEMESTER 1

Week 1: Key Stage 2 Experience.

Weeks 2-7: University-based sessions including Curriculum Work, Educational & Professional Studies and School Induction Days.

Weeks 8-15: School Experience 1, which consist of university-based Curriculum Work and Educational & Professional Studies.

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

Weeks 16-18: University-based: Building on Experience, including Curriculum Work, Educational & Professional Studies and School Induction Days.

Week 19: School Experience 2 begins.

SEMESTER 2

Weeks 19-28: School Experience 2 continues; External Examiners' visits and March Review.

Week 29-41: Trainees return to School Experience 1 and complete May Review.

Weeks 40-42: Enrichment/Enhancement Experience, arranged by students, taking place in an educational setting outside of mainstream schooling. University-based Further Professional Development, including structured analysis, reflective debriefing and preparation for NQT year.

Partnership Schools

The University of Sheffield work with over 40 schools in and around Sheffield, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  These schools are nearly all comprehensive in the secondary age range, with some upper schools, sixth form colleges and tertiary colleges for post-16 education. In addition to Sheffield itself, Ashfield School have partner schools in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. This range of inner-city, suburban and rural contexts provides rich opportunities for diverse and balanced experiences in schools.

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Testimonials

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“I felt incredibly well-supported whilst on placement at Ashfield School. Due to the size of the school, I was able to observe a wide range of teachers and teaching styles and was encouraged to use new ideas that I had with my classes. I would wholeheartedly recommend Ashfield School to train to teach; you’ll really enjoy it!”

Jack Helan

 

 

"Ashfield School is a thorough and supportive placement throughout the year. I was encouraged to partake in a range of opportunities encompassing both pastoral and faculty areas, which resulted in a broad and secure foundation for my career as a teacher. The support I received during my training has continued beyond the completion of the course and it is testament to the training year how many trainees elect to stay at the school in employment."

Fran Telford

 

"Training to be a teacher is by no means an easy task and can be a daunting prospect, however I was supported at each stage of my course by staff at Ashfield School. Not only was I provided with a plethora of CPD opportunities, I was also able to observe a wide range lessons in a variety of different subject areas - all of which inspired and enriched my own classroom teaching. The ever-evolving nature of the school makes it a truly excellent place to start your teaching career."

Sam Henstock

 

“Training as a teacher at Ashfield School has been hugely rewarding. Colleagues take a close interest in my development and are always ready to help. At the same time, I am encouraged to grow into the teacher I want to be. Training at Ashfield School is definitely to be recommended”.

Daniel Mountain

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Contact Us

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For further information or enquiries regarding Ashfield School Initial Teacher Training, please fill in the form below or email AshfieldSchoolITT@ashfield.notts.sch.uk

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