The Returning and Supply Teachers course is for you if you’re a qualified teacher looking to update your existing teaching qualification.
It will prepare you for a return to teaching in a primary school, or for a move from secondary to primary school teaching. If you’re in regular supply work and looking to obtain a long-term or permanent teaching appointment this course may also be beneficial.
The Returning and Supply Teachers University Certificate is not a conversion course, but is designed to further your professional development, and help with new opportunities. The course will give you the confidence to apply for teaching posts with the knowledge that you will be able to speak with recent and relevant experience.
On the course you will study with other qualified teachers and will review, enhance and consolidate your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in primary education.
Qualified Teacher Status (primary or secondary)
Enhanced DBS check
Please upload the following to your online application:
Evidence of your DfES Number – official letter from the teaching council
Reference on institution/company letter headed paper
This part-time course centres around spending 15 Wednesdays in university, starting in February. The days in university are varied and include lectures, discussions, practical activities and where appropriate informal tutorials.
In addition to the 15 days in university, each member of the course completes ten days or equivalent working in schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position. The time in school can be tailored to suit individual requirements. To complete the course successfully a pass in the assignment is required. The assignment is a reflective log based upon the ten days in school.
The course serves to deliver the necessary components for teachers who have been out of teaching for five years or more, to be able to apply to the GTCW to return to the profession. Without some training of this kind teachers who have been out of the profession for this length of time are not able to return. Therefore an already popular course is becoming even more so.
The course covers all National Curriculum subjects in the context of the classroom and will include an emphasis on the Foundation Phase in Wales and its seven areas of learning. Issues of assessment, management and resourcing are discussed as an integral part of these studies, and the course provides an opportunity to explore recent and relevant changes and innovations. It is structured to provide plenty of practical experience supported by the relevant theory.
You are required to spend ten days in a primary school, or equivalent, either voluntarily or in a paid position. This part of the programme must be arranged by you and may be tailored to suit individual requirements. The classroom experience is undertaken as an opportunity to develop confidence, skills and understanding.
In addition, you will benefit from professional guidance and support on making job applications, writing a curriculum vitae and interview techniques.
Learning and teaching methods
The University Certificate Returning and Supply Teachers course runs one day a week, currently on a Wednesday, for fifteen weeks beginning in February. Each session covers a National Curriculum subject of learning or another important theme.
The days are varied and involve a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, discussions, workshops, practical activities, directed and independent learning, and where appropriate informal tutorials.
This course enables those teachers who have lost contact with current practice to return to the classroom. In addition, many teachers who originally qualified as secondary school teachers have found the course helpful in obtaining work in the primary sector, and currently employed supply teachers have been able to secure permanent posts.
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