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WMG Academy for Young Engineers is delighted to be working with the Castle Phoenix Teaching School Alliance to offer School Direct and School Direct Salaried training in Maths, Physics and Design & Technology. As a University Technical College specialising in developing the engineers of the future, our passion for STEM is implicit in our ethos. We are taking all that is good from mainstream education and adding in a host of skills that will prepare our young people for employment or Higher Education. For our students education is exciting. We give them an experience with real value; one that will lead to a diverse range of positive progression pathways for every single student.

Working with the University of Warwick and some of the biggest employers in the region means that we have shaped our curriculum from day one to ensure we produce students with a professional ethos and culture that is in high demand in today’s working world. With a longer working day, high academic standards and business-led dress code, our expectations are clear to all our learners

We offer an exceptional support programme to trainee teachers through subject mentoring and an outstanding school CPD programme. We are very excited to be joining with Castle Phoenix to be offering 6 School Direct (training and salaried) places, and about working with the University of Warwick as our provider. Successful School Direct candidates will complete their Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE11-18) with the University of Warwick, allowing them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as gaining 90 CATs points towards their Masters.

Practical, school-based training will take place at WMG Academy and Castle Phoenix. School Direct will involve candidates being supported in and engaged with the school from the beginning of September 2017, developing relevant professional skills and learning from the wealth of experience that exists both within the school and the close-by University. High quality support will be available at all times to help candidates on their journey towards becoming outstanding classroom practitioners. At the end of the training year, there is an expectation that schools will do all that they can to assist the training teacher with securing a teaching position.


The Places offered

There are two routes into teaching through School Direct. One route is School Direct (training), which is unsalaried and is open to all graduates. The course fee for the University of Warwick is £9,000. This includes the award of the PGCE qualification. Tuition fee loans are available to EU and UK candidates. Bursaries are available in some subject areas as well as from some professional institutions. http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/postgraduate-funding

The second route is School Direct (salaried). This route is available to graduates who have three years’ or more career experience, either pre or post degree. Schools provide an unqualified teacher’s salary. There is an expectation that candidates will attend training at the university prior to the commencement of the academic year. The training teacher will be employed by the school for the duration of the course.

The places currently offered can be found at: http://www.castlephoenix.org.uk/school-direct/places-offered/

Candidates for School Direct places need to apply through the UCAS website, and applications will be processed initially by Castle Phoenix.



How do I apply for a School Direct place?

In order to apply for a School Direct place, training or salaried, candidates must apply through UCAS. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wie/itt

Please consider the following prior to applying:

  • Have you had some school experience: voluntary or paid? The UCAS website can give advice about how to organise this.
  • Check the University of Warwick requirements. If you are unsure about whether you meet their requirements, please visit their web-site.
  • Prepare your personal statement carefully. It is important to check this prior to submission. Ensure that it gives your reasons for wanting to teach and your qualifications which make you suitable to do so. Check it for errors of grammar and punctuation, as this initial impression which you are giving the university and the lead school is extremely important.

What happens once I have applied?

Once you have applied, you will be informed if you have been successful in reaching the next stage of the process.

This next stage involves the schools receiving all of the relevant applications, and then making a decision about which candidates they call to interview.

If you are successful in reaching this next stage, you will be invited to interview at Castle Phoenix School. A representative from WMG Academy will also be on the interview panel. It is very important, therefore, that you have found out about the schools to which you are applying. Some schools may be able to arrange visits and all have staff that will talk to you further about your application.

During the interview day, you will be asked to complete a range of tasks, as well as the formal interview, including a literacy based activity and a teaching task with our students.

If you are successful at interview, you will be informed by UCAS and the lead school.

In order to secure your School Direct place, you must pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests. Information is available on the UCAS and University of Warwick websites.

If you would like to discuss Schools Direct at WMG Academy please contact Kerry Hall Assistant Principal at k.hall@wmgacademy.org.uk