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Heckmondwike Grammar School is now accepting School Direct teacher training applications for the 2021-22 academic year.

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An outstanding education system cannot exist without outstanding teachers. Similarly, outstanding teachers can only exist as a result of outstanding training and high-quality support.

Heckmondwike Grammar School (HGS) is a lead provider of teacher training through the School Direct scheme. We have extensive experience in school-based, initial teacher training (ITT), which allows us to provide a high-quality programme of study to prepare the next generation of teachers for a fulfilling career in education.

We work with the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT as an awarding body for qualified teacher status (QTS). Together we work in partnership with the University of Huddersfield to offer trainees the option of a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE).

Our programme takes place in a supportive and inspirational school environment. Trainees develop the necessary skills to implement effective, purposeful and challenging lessons designed to make a positive impact with regards to teaching and learning.

Why learn to teach through School Direct?

There are several pathways one can choose to become a qualified teacher. We believe our School Direct provision is the most rewarding experience available for aspiring teachers. Our trainees:

  • Learn from high-quality and experienced subject specialists, who mentor them throughout their training.
  • Gain practical classroom experience from day one.
  • Experience the culture of a school as a valued member of staff.
  • Learn how to push high-achieving children to the limits of their ability.
  • Experience working within a diverse and contrasting environment through a second school placement.
  • Engage in a CPD programme composed and delivered by educational thought leaders.
  • Could be eligible for available funding to support them throughout their training.

About School Placements

It’s important that ITT’s gain experience teaching within two contrasting centres to allow them to understand the different challenges that each school brings. Throughout the majority of the year you will study at your host school with one six-week second placement at an alternative school – usually from January to February. Our partner schools are incredibly important to us, and invaluable for your learning experience. We work closely with many great schools within the local area, each offering a unique and diverse experience in contrast to our own. All trainees will spend at least six-weeks studying with us here at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

Our School Direct Vacancies for 2021-22

We have the following subject specific, teacher training opportunities for the 2021-22 academic year:

  • Art & Design (2TSQ)
  • Biology (2FJL)
  • Business Studies (2FJN)
  • Computing (28TP)
  • Design & Technology (2TSW)
  • Drama (3BYH)
  • Geography (2FJS)
  • History (2Y47)
  • Mathematics (3CVM)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (2TSY)
  • Music (3BYF)
  • Physical Education (28T3)
  • Physics (2TSV)

 What are we looking for?

We are looking for ambitious individuals who are excited by the prospect of working with young people. We’re also looking for autonomous and highly motivated learners with an inherent desire to teach within their chosen field. Our candidates must demonstrate a passion for their subject and possess first-class communication skills, both oral and written. Other essential qualities include integrity, empathy and a willingness to work hard. Candidates must be driven to contribute to the school’s core values of respect, responsibility and excellence as a minimum requirement.

What to expect from our selection process

Heckmondwike Grammar School co-ordinates the recruitment of new teacher trainees as the lead centre. The interview process takes places throughout the duration of a school day. Successful candidates invited to an interview are typically required to meet the following criteria:

  • Deliver a presentation with a specific focus related to teaching and learning.
  • Engage in an interview with school leaders.
  • Complete a short, written task related to their chosen subject area.
  • Teach a short lesson (approx. 20 minutes) to a small group of secondary school children.

Throughout the day, candidates have the opportunity to talk to staff and our pupils. Our partners at the Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University may also be involved throughout the day and will advise as part of a selection committee.

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree with a 1stor 2:1 award (although we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching).
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and GCSE Science for Primary applicants
  • Comprehensive knowledge within your chosen subject area*.
  • For those with qualifications awarded from overseas, prospective candidates should visit the NARIC (National Academic Recognition Centre) website to determine whether their qualifications are equivalent to GCSE, A Level or Degree.
  • Clearance in Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

* If the degree held does not link closely to the chosen subject, the applicant should explore undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before training officially begins.

If you would like to discuss a new and exciting career in teaching, please contact our Early Career Coordinator, Nicky Stokoe; he’ll be happy to help.

Nicky Stokoe
Early Career Coordinator
01924 402202

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