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Schools Direct

Working in conjunction with the University of East Anglia (UEA) we are delighted to offer School Direct placements. Successful completion of this Teacher Training Programme will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), as well as Masters Credits.

Ormiston Venture Academy is the lead school for our School Direct places. Whist applications will be made through the Lead School; places are available specifically in Ormiston Victory Academy. We will take responsibility for the training aspect of the programme – though some elements will be shared across the Partnership.

Secondary places are available in the following:

Science (School Direct training UEA)


We welcome applications from any candidate who seeks to put students first and improve the life chances of young people. A passion for your subject and an ability to reflect on recent experience within the British education system should also be reflected in any application. These guidelines are deliberately vague as we will consider the individual merits of each and every application in an effort to recruit the next generation of outstanding teachers.

Applications are made through UCAS Teacher Training (www.ucas.com/how_it_all_works/teacher-training)

Please note that when applying through UCAS you will be applying through Ormiston Venture Academy, check to make sure the campus location is Ormiston Victory Academy. For example:

Ormiston Venture Academy
English: 27QF
(accrediting provider University of East Anglia)
School Direct training programme
Recommendation for QTS or equivalent

training location/campus full time part time applications accepted from address
name code
Ormiston Victory Academy B vacancies n/a 21 Nov 2013 Middleton Cresent, Norfolk, NR5 0PX
information required for application form
training provider code name: A1331
training provider code: 18Z
training programme code: 27QF
training location/campus code: B

Non-salaried route
This route is available to all graduates and offers tax-free bursaries of up to £20,000 for candidates with top degrees in priority subjects.
The application round for the next intake of School Direct trainees will open on the 21st November 2013.

Entry Requirements
General entry requirements for all initial teacher training courses in secondary are:

A degree relevant to the subject studied from a recognised university (2:2 or above)
GCSE in English and mathematics at grade C (or equivalent)
Specific subject requirements include:

Modern Foreign Languages – degree and/or experience in languages
Science – qualifications in Biology, Chemistry or Physics but the applicant must show capacity to improve subject knowledge in subjects not studied
Recruitment Process
For placements through the UEA:
Initial interviews will be at the UEA with subject specific tutors and will include a written task. Following this a day will be hosted at Ormiston Victory Academy and will involve working with students and an interview.

Interview dates for school interviews are: Monday 9th December, Tuesday 14th January, Thursday 6th February, Friday 14th March and Monday 21st April.

Personal Statement:
Use your personal statement to tell us why you wish to become a teacher and why you wish to teach your subject. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning in your subject. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching indicating what you have learned from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.

Expectations of Trainees
Trainees on all courses leading to qualified teacher status must meet the requirements for professional values and practice set out in the national standards. This includes high standards of dress and behaviour. We will treat trainees in the same way as all members of staff. Trainees will be expected to attend for the full period of the course and to observe the same standards of punctuality as teachers. Prospective applicants who are unclear about the professional expectations of teachers should seek opportunities to spend time in schools before applying.

Childcare facilities
The UEA has child care facilities which can be used by School Direct trainees when they are studying on the university site as part of their program.

Disability Access
All schools have disability access.

The School Direct partnership does not provide any accommodation for trainee teachers. However, house prices in the area are reasonable and there is a good range of rental accommodation available at reasonable rates.

Where to Find Us
Ormiston Victory Academy is located in Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk. Full directions to the UEA can be found on their website.

Student Finance
The table below summarises the financial incentive scheme that will operate in 2012/13 for the School Direct training route:


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