The University of Exeter, which is rated Outstanding for its Teacher Training provision, works in partnership with the WCTSA to offer high quality teaching programmes. Together we train enthusiastic and committed applicants who have the potential be become outstanding teachers.
88% of our 2016/17 trainees were rated as Outstanding and 100% of trainees secured employment.
School Direct is a one-year full-time course leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS status and credits towards a Masters degree. Trainees following this route into teaching will spend the majority of their time in the classroom, learning from outstanding teachers. They will be coached and mentored by quality practitioners and undertake a school centred professional studies programme. Schools in the Alliance are experienced in delivering Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and are committed to developing new entrants into the profession.
By selecting this route into teaching trainees have the power to choose which school they would like to train in. Trainees will spend the majority of the year in this home-school as well as benefiting from a contrasting second school placement.
WCTSA offers two different options for School Direct:
School Direct Distance (fee paying)
Trainees are based in schools for the entire academic year with the taught programme being delivered through the completion of online modules. Trainees are allocated time (equivalent to one day a week) in school to study and undertake this work.
School Direct @Exeter (fee paying)
Trainees are based in school in September and then attend the taught PGCE programme at the University, with school based learning in the spring and summer terms.
Below is an example programme for each School Direct route. Please note that exact lengths and timings of placements are subject to change.
Other routes into teaching
Schools within our Alliance support the delivery of the Exeter PGCE programme by providing placements for the school based learning. We currently host placements across the Alliance in the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, MFL, History, Religious Education, Physical Education and Primary.
Troops into Teaching
The Troops into Teaching programme provides ex-service personnel the opportunity to become outstanding teachers. On completion of the course trainees will gain an honours degree with qualified teacher status (QTS). This is a two-year course aimed at non-graduates. Trainees will be based in school for four days a week, earning a salary as an unqualified teacher while they train. They will receive university training one a day a week to further their academic qualifications to degree level.