By following the School Direct model of teacher training with us you will become a knowledgeable practitioner across the Early Years and into the primary phase and be very attractive to future employers looking for an outstanding trainee.
Why train with us
Partners in pedagogy is a partnership of 9 maintained nursery schools across Sunderland led by Pennywell Early Years Centre, an outstanding school. We work together to pro-vide training and support to schools and settings and initial teacher training placements.
We believe in high quality teaching and learning through an active, creative and high quality curriculum for all children. All our staff are trained to a high standard and our environments also reflect our belief in its importance.
The child and the parent’s voice are fundamental to inspirational teaching and learning and we value their participation and encourage a “learning together” ethos. Learning for all is promoted through our reflective practice to ensure we adapt and change with our families.
Our practice focuses on :
The placement schools and linked Primary Schools are committed to providing quality support and guidance throughout your course to ensure that you receive exceptional training in supportive and exciting environments. You will work with highly skilled teachers and practitioners in Early Years and extended age phases with local partner primary schools.
the training programme
The training programme will have universal elements across all the nursery schools and will include additional elements based on individual specialities such as SEND and Speech, Lan-guage and Communication. A feature of the placement with PIPs is the opportunity to expe-rience the expertise in all 9 Nursery Schools.
During the training programme, you will complete 3 University assessed modules and 3 School placements (2 of which are assessed for QTS) resulting in the award of 60 Master’s level credits the award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS by University of Sunderland.
Each assignment will be set after and alongside University based lectures/seminars to de-velop your understanding of the pedagogy and practice of teaching and learning. Alongside this, placements in host schools will allow you to develop your teaching skills, knowledge of child development, understanding of assessment and learning.
Your placements will cover the majority of an academic year: including 90 assessed days on placement in the linked primary schools and the other Nursery Schools as well as opportuni-ties to visit specialist settings organised through the Nursery Schools wider partnerships.
Our training programme will develop high levels of teaching skills and develop your un-derstanding of the accurate assessment of pupil abilities to ensure the best outcomes for pupils across the Early Years into the primary age range. It will include outstanding op-portunities to develop your knowledge and skills in teaching and learning across all prime and specific areas of learning.
Your mentors are excellent teachers, undertaking regular and ongoing training programmes to further their own knowledge. This enables them to share these skills through feedback, coaching and classroom observations.
Each trainee will have a school based mentor and a University tutor, in order to ensure the quality and rigour of your training.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that referees are aware of their role, as well as making sure they follow the UCAS instructions for providing online references.
Applicants who have studied outside of the United Kingdom must check their qualifica-tions with NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) before making an application, to confirm that their qualification are of an equivalent level to UK GCSE’s, A Level and undergraduate degrees.
More information on NARIC can be found at www.ecctis.co.uk/naric
what we are looking for
We hold strong positive values, respect and inclusion are key to us and our team.
Therefore we seek:
how we select our trainees
We check all applications to see if the applicant meets the entry criteria. All Successful short listed applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October. Interviews will be at the Lead School or at the candidates preferred school. The interview process will include a range of activities, including working with a group of children, to assess their suitability for teaching. Successful candidates will then receive a formal offer.
The interview will consist of:
The tuition fees for this training programme are £9,250 if you are from the UK/EU and £10,750 for International students.
Student Finance England deal with all tuition fee and living costs loans. While most students are eligible for some type of support, it’s always worth checking what you are specifically eligible for before you apply.
Please contact the University of Sunderland Student Financial Guidance Team for more information.
The masters modules will be assessed by the University of Sunderland and the school based training will be formally assessed each term by school based mentors with moderation by the University tutor and other Nursery School mentors providing you with the widest range of expertise and support.
During the programme you will complete 18 weeks of school based placements across the year. You will have 3 placements altogether of 4, 6 and 8 weeks respectively. This will give you the widest opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to enter the teaching profession. You will develop skills in highly reflective practice in order to support the demands of dynamic teaching and learning.
accommodation and disabled access
The schools are a single storey, fully accessible buildings, close to local amenities. On site pro-visions may include 0-2 baby room, 2-3 year old rooms and outdoor base, 3-4 year old rooms and outdoor classrooms.
Trainees can work in any area of the nursery school, but most will specialise in nursery educa-tion age groups 2-4 plus years.
Each age phase has access to a large learning space and extensive outdoor play areas, as well as their own designated key group area and break off group rooms.
Study spaces are available with online areas and literature.
All Nursery Schools have the facility to support your childcare needs and prices are available at each school.
school direct tuition route entry requirements
For the Primary/Nursery School Direct tuition route you will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.
You should also hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Science and English Language and a range of National Curriculum subjects.
If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
We will only accept equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.
You must also have:
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