The Penistone and Area Partnership is a fantastic place to work and learn. It provides a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. This is an inspirational partnership of 12 primary schools and 5 secondary schools, many of which have achieved Good or better Ofsted ratings, as has the education programme of its partner university.
The vision, shared by all the schools, is straightforward but powerful – ‘the highest standards of education and care for all’. We prepare our young people to be responsible and ethical global citizens. We equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to develop the creativity, resilience and tenacity to take on the challenges of growing up in the 21st century. We try to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers feel valued and supported.
The schools in the partnership have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community. A School Direct placement with us will provide an excellent experience, fully equipping you to excel in your NQT year and beyond.
Located in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District and within easy commuting distance of Sheffield, Huddersfield and Leeds, a placement with Penistone Area Partnership offers you the opportunity to develop your practice in one of our excellent partner schools with the support of a dedicated and experienced team of staff.
As we have a diverse range of participating schools and settings within the partnership, we can offer you a wide range of teaching and training opportunities ranging from Key stages 1 to 5. You will gain experience in the Key stage you wish to teach and have a short placement in the stages either side, confident in the knowledge that you are contributing to creating a culture where success is achievable for all.
Our School Direct Programme forms an important aspect of the professional development role of the partnership. Through School Direct, we wish to recruit, nurture and develop new and exciting talent to the profession as part of our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning.
With a tailored in-house professional development programme and a culture of sharing best practice within and across schools, Penistone Area Partnership provides an excellent setting for School Direct. As a result, 100% of our School Direct trainees have found employment each year. A fantastic achievement.
Working in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, we offer placements in primary and a wide range of secondary subjects including English, Maths and Science.
You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
As part of your School Direct training with Penistone Area Partnership you will:
Be supported by outstanding teachers within your area, have a school-based mentor and an academic tutor from Sheffield Hallam University who will be a specialist in their subject area.
Benefit from high quality sessions with other PGCE students at Sheffield Hallam University where research informed practice and the theoretical under-pinning of classroom practice will be shared and critiqued.
Take part in innovative in-school seminars throughout your training. These sessions will introduce a different aspect of pedagogy such as lesson design, positive behaviour management and assessment for learning. Blending teaching theory and practice and delivered by the leading teachers in school, they are designed to complement your University programme of study and build to a research project of your choice to be completed in your final term.
This comprehensive training programme will lead to a PGCE which includes qualified teacher status and can be used as the first third of a post-graduate Master’s Degree, should you wish to continue with academic professional development in the early part of your teaching career.