Applications for School Direct 2021
Applications for Initial Teacher Training starting in September 2021 opened on UCAS on 13 October.
Please see the Get into Teaching website for updates on the impact of Covid-19 on Initial Teacher Training. Please note that we are not currently offering school experience visits.
Further information on each of the courses, including subject specific entry requirements, is available on the Gov.uk search facility:https://find-postgraduate-teacher-training.education.gov.uk/start/location Please search by Provider: West Country Teaching School Alliance
Please check the entry requirements for your chosen course before applying for a School Direct place with us. All applications are initially screened by the University of Exeter PGCE Admissions department to check suitability for the programme. Suitable applicants will then be contacted by the West Country Teaching School Alliance and invited to interview - see below for further information.
For general enquiries about the entry requirements for either School Direct programme, please contact the Exeter University PGCE Admissions Office:
0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)
+44 1392 723009 (EU/International callers)
All applications are screened initially by the University of Exeter Admissions department to check suitability for the programme. Suitable applicants will then be contacted by the West Country Teaching School Alliance and invited to attend an interview.
The interview with WCTSA has 3 elements consisting of: a teaching task, an observation task and a panel interview. Whilst Covid restrictions are in place, we have moved our ITT interviews online and these will be conducted via TEAMS.
Pre-interview Task 1:
One week before the interview, applicants will be sent a short video clip of a lesson and will be asked to analyse the quality of the teaching and learning that they observed. Various prompt questions will be given to inform their reflection.
Pre –interview Task 2:
Applicants will be asked to prepare a 20-minute section of a lesson on PowerPoint. During the interview, applicants will be invited to share how they would deliver each aspect of the lesson that they have planned. The title and learning outcomes for the lesson episode will be shared with applicants one week prior to the interview.
The interview will be conducted by the Director of WCTSA and a subject specific member of staff. It will include questions on the pre-interview tasks in addition to questions on safeguarding, knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, education and experience.