Learn to teach in schools with a distinctly Christian Ethos

Learn to Teach

Why train with us?
The Diocese of Truro School Direct scheme gives our trainees the opportunity to learn to teach in the context of a partnership of Church of England schools and academies. As a trainee, as well as an outstanding general training to become a primary teacher, you will gain specific insight into teaching in schools whose values base is founded on their Christian ethos and distinctiveness. This will be particularly attractive to those who want to build a teaching career in church schools, but will equally equip trainees to apply Christian values to teaching in a community school setting.

Anglican schools in the Diocese of Truro are committed to developing the whole child and to the values of diversity and inclusion. Education is part of the Church’s service, a way of showing God’s love in the communities in which we live and work. Our faith underpins what we do and we are proud to offer Christian-based education to those who make this specific choice, but we welcome pupils from all faiths and none into our schools.

There are 44 church schools and academies in the Diocese of Truro ranging from very small village schools to larger town-based schools, and a range of school-to-school partnerships including several large multi-academy trusts. Trainees will be based at one lead school and will have the opportunity to work in at least one other, different setting during the course of their training year so that they gain a varied experience. Through partnership with our local Cathedral University of St Mark and St John, we offer:

  • Trained mentors to oversee the progress of trainees, and a structured programme of review and development
  • Access to outstanding practice across a wide range of different schools across the Diocese
  • Regular opportunities for networking with other trainees at joint Diocesan events
  • Access to specialist offsite training sessions and resources at the University
  • An up to date understanding of the changing landscape of Initial Teacher Education

Although we cannot guarantee to recruit trainees into NQT positions on successful completion of their training, we aim to provide support to our trainees in securing their first teaching job and also provide continuing professional development for new teachers.

What qualities are we looking for?
We are looking for people who have the passion and ability to make a difference to the lives of our children, and with the potential to be outstanding teachers. We expect that you will have had some recent experience in a school either as a teaching assistant or as an observer (ideally equivalent to 5 days).

We would want you to encourage the development of our children of all abilities and learning dispositions, from all social backgrounds, and from all faiths and none.

We are looking for people who want to continue to learn themselves and who wish to keep their own knowledge updated. You will have a commitment to learning from national and international research on how children learn, and a desire to develop the whole child, with empathy towards the Christian ethos of Church of England schools.

How We Select Our Trainees
When you are invited to interview you’ll spend the day at one of our Church Schools. The day will begin with an introduction to the Diocese and its family of CofE schools. We will observe you as you interact with a class and with your peers. There will also be a formal interview and a written literacy / numeracy test.

We don’t expect you to be the finished article but we do expect you to have the commitment, passion and potential to become the best possible teacher you can be.

About This Training Programme
Our training programme is supported in schools by experienced and expert staff including LLEs and outstanding practitioners, providing mentoring, supervision and development to trainees and supporting the delivery and assessment of modules.

The University of St Mark and St John works with an extensive network of School Direct providers across the region and provides professional input and quality assurance for our programme.

Full Time study fees for Diocese of Truro School Direct are £9,000 for 2015/16 entry.

Teacher Training Funding
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