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"School Direct at Broadclyst allows the trainee the security of knowing that they will be spending the lion's share of their course working in an outstanding school alongside highly-trained and supportive teachers. Unlike the taught PGCE, which only provides around 24 weeks of teaching experience, the School Direct programme offers the trainee a total of 40 weeks. This vast increase in contact time has allowed me to gain further experience of residential trips, training days, continuity through the academic year and a feeling of total inclusion as an important member of the teaching staff which I would not have otherwise experienced.

"The Masters modules are taught through distance learning, requiring the trainee to be very well-organised and self-motivated. As it stands, School Direct trainees at Broadclyst are given one day of each week to complete their university tasks away from school. However, the University Visiting Tutors are always available and fast to reply to my communications whenever I have needed their help.

"I feel that the School Direct at Broadclyst route to gaining QTS has given me a much more authentic experience during my teacher training than I would have received from the traditional PGCE, and I would recommend it to any students who wish to take a more hands-on approach to their teacher training. From day one I have been treated like a valued member of the teaching staff by everyone at the school, with additional duties and experiences that I would not have received had I been studying the traditional PGCE. Throughout the course, the school has been very thorough, yet flexible in my training, providing weekly teacher-led framework task sessions and going beyond the call of duty in fully supporting me in each of the enrichment experiences which I have requested."

Duncan Arnot

School Direct Student, 2013-14 at Broadclyst School

 
"School direct, for me, has married learning the theory of teaching with applying those lessons in a highly practical setting. Being a learn-by-doing minded individual, who benefits most greatly from active practice, I feel this course has suited me perfectly. The time spent at Broadclyst school, all but one half-term in all, makes this course unique, as the integration into the staff is much deeper than for a standard PGCE student who takes on multiple placements. As such I have had great opportunities to be absorbed into the way a school runs day-to-day, as a part of that mechanism, going on various school trips, including a residential on Dartmoor, being involved in running clubs and taking an active part in planning lessons for my class. These experiences are what truly excites me about this course and continues to improve my practice."

James Beevor

School Direct Student, 2013-14 at Broadclyst School

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