Information about our Training Programme
Our innovative and integrated programme is at the cutting edge of teacher training. Designed in collaboration with The University of Warwick, we aim to produce outstanding reflective practitioners who can provide creative, challenging and exciting teaching and learning. Working together, Alfreton Nursery School alliance has collaborated with Warwick University to ensure our offer is cutting edge and relevant to all our future graduates.
We offer enhanced training for professional studies, building inclusive practitioners, skilled in Special Educational Needs, behaviour for learning and closing the achievement gap. We harness expertise from our strategic partners.
From the first day of term you will be fully immersed in our staff teams and hit the ground running, attending staff meetings and development days. You will be mentored by a teacher and University tutor.
You will spend most of your school year in one host school, gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the role of a teacher. The course also involves placements in other schools.
There are no formal examinations however there will be regular assessments with your University tutor and school mentor.
Our mentors are good and outstanding teachers who will support you throughout your learning.
Why Train with us?
Alfreton Nursery School is an outstanding Derbyshire County Council School based in Alfreton, Derbyshire. The school has been consistently outstanding for the past 20 years and was accredited as a National Teaching School in September 2015 in recognition of its hard work and collective drive to constantly raise standards in school. As a lead school, we currently have 11 Derbyshire schools in our alliance:
Aldercar Infant & Nursery School
Alfreton Park Community Special School
Alfreton Nursery School
Elmsleigh Infant & Nursery School - Swadlincote
Flagg Nursery School
Gamesley Early Excellence Centre
Hadfield Nursery School
New Mills Nursery School
Pinxton Nursery School
Ripley Nursery School
South Normanton Nursery School
Spire Infant & Nursery School - Chesterfield
The alliance provides opportunities for working in both urban and rural settings, within diverse communities. Our specialisms include Early Years, KS1, a Special Needs School and three specialist units.
The rich opportunities available from working in staff teams within our alliance offers you, our graduates, the high quality opportunities for the foundations of your teaching career.
We work in partnership with The University of Warwick to innovate a new way of inspiring the next generation of teachers. You will be immersed in our outstanding practice with the benefit of the lecturers coming to you.
We will inspire you to teach and look forward to hearing more about you.
You have graduated, or will graduate this year from a British University or College of Higher Education with a minimum 2:2 honours degree, preference is given to candidates with a 2:1 or higher. This includes overseas students with a qualification recognised as equivalent to a British honours degree in the above mentioned classifications.
On application you hold at least Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science gained prior to application. Other qualifications may be considered for equivalency.
Candidates should have some experience of UK schools / Early Years settings to become familiar with the atmosphere and demands of 3 - 7 year olds
Have a broad-based educational background and be able to read effectively and communicate clearly in standard English.
All applicants are required to have passed the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencement of training.
The UCAS form requires candidates to provide the details of two referees. If candidates have studied within the last 5 years, an academic reference must be provided. Ideally, candidates should choose someone who can comment on their character and suitability to enter the teaching profession. The other reference should be a school or employer's reference. Please be aware that if references are not appropriate, they may delay the processing of your application.
What we are looking for
Schools in our Alliance are seeking to select and train future excellent teachers. We are interested in graduates who; have a moral commitment to ensuring that children they teach achieve academic and personal success that enables them to widen their life chances and to be full members of their communities; seek to reduce inequality in the lives of young people; are passionate about the subject they apply to teach and about the learning of children, themselves and other professionals; bring their own life experiences and wisdom to enrich children's lives whilst being committed to learning from others. Have demonstrated their commitment to young people through voluntary or work experience; are committed to ALL the children in our schools and to teaching in a system that values diversity whilst recognising that for children to benefit from this they need to work hard and intelligently, have excellent communication skills (verbal and non verbal) have resilience and be problem-solvers who take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of others. They need to demonstrate a real passion for teaching, have the ability to form good and effective relationships, have reflective qualities, have an awareness of current issues in education, have energy and a sense of humour.
How we select our trainees
Applications are through UCAS application.
Remember this will be your opportunity to tell us why you want to teach and why you want learn with us. Make it clear what your beliefs and aspirations are in the personal statement on the UCAS application and what experiences you have working with children and how this has impacted on you and your thinking.
Apply for your place with us through the UCAS site, https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/find-training-programme then select, 'Find a training programme starting in 2017'. Add 'Alfreton Nursery School Teaching School' into the search for a training provider box. Alfreton Nursery School Teaching School will then show in the drop down and you can select it. You can submit your application from 27th October through the UCAS site.
The University of Warwick have an excellent webpage, 'tips for success', have a look to help you prepare for application and interview.
If you require any further information prior to application, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.