Applicants will normally have a 2:2 degree or above in a related subject in order to be accepted, however, candidates’ relevant experience will be taken into consideration. A logical mind and experience in some aspect of computer science, such as web design or programming, are useful although candidates who demonstrate the willingness to learn are also considered.
Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their knowledge and posses a desire to excite, stimulate and engage young people from ages 11-18 with the possibilities of this dynamic and ever changing subject.
Trainees come together with Adam Thomas, the Subject Leader, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of ICT & Computing. It is an opportunity to learn from Adam, other visiting experts and each other, sharing highs and lows, resources and lesson ideas. Extensive use is made of the Pathway Wiki to communicate as a group and share extensive resources.
Visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge and provide ideas for school trips that enrich pupils’ learning. Pathway visits have included The BETT Show and Bletchley Park, investigating both future and historical technologies.
Subject Sessions normally take place at The Cotswold School on a Thursday afternoon.
Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course. By the end of September trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December. There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas. In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school. There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement. The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.
There are also weekly subject seminars, every Thursday, with trainees meeting with their Subject Leader and other trainees from their subject.
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Adam ThomasThe Cotswold School
Adam Thomas is a very experienced teacher, having spent over 20 years in the profession. He is currently the Head of ICT and Business at Cirencester Deer Park School and has been the Subject Leader for ICT and Computer Science since 2010.
Bursary available: £26,000*
Scholarship available: £28,000*
*subject to NCTL conditions (call 01242 505945 for more information).
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has 120 teacher training scholarships worth £25,000 available to computer science trainees starting their teacher training in the 2015/16 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.
The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.
BCS is looking for outstanding individuals who are passionate about computer science and have the potential to become inspirational teachers. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of school level computer science. Scholars will have access to BCS membership and early career mentoring opportunities with schools, universities and major employers. Visit the BCS website to view the full eligibility criteria and register your interest.
- A UK first degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.
- Maths and English at Grade C or above at GCSE. (Note: an equivalency test is available from the university.)
- A recent school observation in ICT in a Secondary School.
- Successful completion of the Get Into Teaching Skills Test. We recommend you review GITEP’s Skills Tests Procedure for 2016 Entry.
- Degree at 2:2 or above.
- Involvement with young people, e.g., coaching, youth club.
- Recent connections with Secondary education.
- An awareness of issues in Computer Science education.