We offer enhanced Teacher Training for professional studies, building inclusive practitioners, skilled in Special Educational Needs, behaviour for learning and closing the achievement gap, harnessing 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 22 Derbyshire Schools in our alliance including 1 Nottinghamshire School and 1 Lincolnshire School:
Aldercar Infant & Nursery School
Alfreton Park Community Special School
Alfreton Nursery School
Croft Infant School
David Nieper Academy
Elmsleigh Infant & Nursery School
Flagg Nursery School
Gamesley Early Excellence Centre
Hadfield Nursery School
Heanor Langley Infant School & Nursery
Holly Hill Primary & Nursery School
Langley Mill Infants School
Mickley Infant School
New Mills Nursery School
Pinxton Nursery School
Ripley Infants School
Ripley Nursery School
South Normanton Nursery School
Spire Nursery & Infant School
St Giles Nursery School
Stonebroom Infant & Nursery School
The Green Infant School
The alliance provides opportunities for working in both urban and rural settings, within diverse communities. Our specialisms include Early Years, KS1, Primary, a Special Needs School, 3 Specialist Units and a Secondary School.
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, the University of Derby and Harrington Nursery School to innovate new ways of inspiring the next generation of teachers. You will be immersed in outstanding practice with the benefits of the lecturers coming to you. Alfreton Nursery and Harrington Nursery School hold joint training so students have the opportunity to study alongside their peers during group sessions based at Harrington Nursery School, Derby and at Alfreton Nursery School.
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.
For our primary places, candidates should have some experience of UK schools / Early Years settings to become familiar with the atmosphere and demands of 3 - 7 year olds. For our secondary places, candidates should have experience of working in UK secondary schools.
Candidates need to 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.
Finally to give you an insight into School Direct at Alfreton Nursery School, please take the time to read Amy's blog which she wrote during her first term at Alfreton Nursery School. We hope to inspire you to teach.
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 2018'. 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 26 October 2017 through the UCAS site.
If you would like to come to visit Alfreton Nursery School at any time during your application you would be very welcome, please contact us on 01773 520031 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require any further information prior to application, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.