The University of Dundee is looking to fill around 35 places this autumn on its new teaching course for science, technology, engineering and maths graduates, which will run from January 2018 to January 2019 and combine the one-year postgraduate teaching qualification with the one-year induction.
When the programme – which is a two-year pilot and pays students the £22,500 salary of a probationer teacher from the outset – gets underway, there will be an initial three-week block of face-to-face teaching at the university. The students will then go out on school placement, spending four days a week in school and one day a week in university, as they work towards the standard for provisional registration – the standard that students on the PGDE are aiming for.
During the summer holiday, there will be a two-week summer school, based at the university, and at the start of the new school year in August the recruits will work towards the standard for full registration – the standard that probationer teachers work towards.
For the 52-week programme the trainees will be based in the same school and will only be placed in a department with a trained teacher-mentor. Another stipulation is that the students must be placed in departments which already have the full complement
of teaching staff.
Fife Council was involved in the design of the new programme. Its education officer responsible for professional learning, Angela Logue, said she had “no concern about the rigour of the programme”, adding that schools would be carefully selected to ensure trainees were placed with experienced teachers.