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12/05/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

We had a serious amount of soil to shift today - but they did it! Both raised beds are now full and one is planted with potatoes. More new recruits have arrived and everyone was happy to take home a tomatoe plant to nurture 🍅 https://t.co/v3WiLcEElh

12/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Great to see Year8 using iPads to vote in assemblies. Student voice in action! ❤️💡🤝💬 https://t.co/fWscfPVCcB

10/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

JLT all setup (socially distanced) ready to interview our candidates. Young professionals/leaders! 🤝❤️💡💬 https://t.co/dFkTPezXTV

10/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Head Boy & Head Girl making an early start greeting guests. Giving them an RBA welcome!❤️💡💬🤝 https://t.co/0411giKd4z

10/05/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

So proud of JLT being young professionals touring visitors around ❤️🤝💬💡 https://t.co/UjP5Tzr8RX

06/05/21

Year 7s developing their ⁦⁩ knowledge on Judaism using ⁦⁩ iPad https://t.co/4ALW6aZOMD

04/05/21

Retweeted From East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity

For International Day of the Midwife on 5 May, we're asking if you want to tell a particular midwife how grateful you are for their support or say thank you to the team at Lister? Visit https://t.co/kf2OvfecCJ, where you can also make a donation, if you wish 💙 https://t.co/UXWHKO2oPF

04/05/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay PE

Any Yr9/10 girls looking to join a team. See details below ⚽️🏃🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/SIHVfZAZY1

29/04/21

Year 9s using their new iPads to view graphs and find the gradient of a line https://t.co/PdwNYcLxx2

29/04/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

JLT were superb tonight in our meeting! Ensuring that every students voice is heard. ♥️🤝💡💬

23/04/21

Retweeted From Miss H Burlton

Celebration of day 2 was a success, the year 9’s loved the escape room and the year 12 geographers just couldn’t resist getting involved too. https://t.co/e89MacGLJ4

22/04/21

Retweeted From Rav

This week the Professional Development Team led our Literature for Learning session. We want to keep pedagogy & sharing of good practice at the forefront of our CPD . The areas of focus are: Cultural Capital, Literacy, Rosenshine’s Principles & using Teach in the classroom https://t.co/KkhPXqUnUo

22/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Our boat has moored up to make a fabulous feature. The last of the plants went in - we will have to wait for full visual impact. 'Mal's Landscapes' have generously built us two raised beds for our veggies. We also have a new recruit! Gardening is flourishing https://t.co/Ar4vP2E3eo

21/04/21

Well done! You set your goal from an early age, you believed in yourself and most importantly you worked extremely hard to get there. Well done!

21/04/21

Retweeted From Miss H Burlton

Earth day escape room had been a hit with our yr7’s and 8’s today! They have loved the activities and finding out information about such an important day! Looking forward to tomorrow when the next classes take part. https://t.co/Y67uimpYXs

21/04/21

Retweeted From Children's Commissioner for England

We're launching with ! We want as many children as possible to take part and get their voice heard, so we can tell Government what children really think to make their lives happier. https://t.co/Watf22oNxh https://t.co/5Oi2SozlIu

20/04/21

Yes, we are!

19/04/21

Retweeted From Ms Melhuish

first athletics club of the year (and in a long time) and what great weather for it 😎🏅 https://t.co/h5ccBoSG5B

19/04/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We are hiring! Leadership and teaching opportunities across the Trust, including new vacancy Assistant Headteacher. Join a trust with excellent CPD opportunities, Apply now https://t.co/MBt1xAIuKO https://t.co/ocOP7xK2pc

18/04/21

Retweeted From Val Tatum

Yesterday my two year old granddaughter went to the library with her mum for the first time since it reopened. She’s too little to remember going before lockdown. She thought she’d died and gone to heaven. A place “with all the books in the world, nanny. “ 😍

14/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

The kids shifted half of the wood chippings tonight and it has already lifted the look of the sensory area. 'Mal's Landscapes' dropped by so of course we got Mal to work....what a legend! https://t.co/CJ9bcUjPwL

14/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Digging out the turf for two veg plots has been slow and painful work for gardening club....until 'Mal's Landscapes' turns up and does the job in five minutes flat! 👏 https://t.co/pjBl638CAr

14/04/21

Retweeted From @rbalanguages

Superb engagement with Spanish using our new ipads https://t.co/nhIYmyS2Wl

12/04/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Blue sky thinking. Mrs Barlow and Mr Cook have nearly got the first coat on. There's also a rumour that a little boat is floating its way towards our garden...who needs a bench when you can have a boat? https://t.co/Yueq9GZlsr

12/04/21

It’s staff INSET day today so we look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow

09/04/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. https://t.co/el6mYhPyb6

03/04/21

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

Can't wait to get to Theatre Trips! https://t.co/I81FQj19WT

30/03/21

Year 13s topping up their Psychology knowledge and skills https://t.co/zBSHJ0tL7Q

26/03/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

A seaside theme is emerging after we experimented with tester paints - blue deckchair stripes the current favourite! Most plants are in now; almost ready for the wood chippings which will make it very low maintenance 👍. Two small veg beds are also in the making https://t.co/q95aBrG8gg

26/03/21

Year 12s engaging in their debating lesson as part of sixth form core skills led by ⁦⁩ . https://t.co/8fNHmgpLiL

25/03/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

My class have just gone to lunch, but... what a lovely experience of mixed learning using iPads to enhance RE ! Looking at symbolism & Martin Luther King. https://t.co/ZBDzI4QhE2

23/03/21

Retweeted From Ms Melhuish

I am so pleased to announce that we at have raised an amazing £373 for Red Nose Day! To which we received this Thank You video https://t.co/KnCp3wl7ZH via

19/03/21

Retweeted From George C

Year 7s using their new iPads to learn about the structure of the earth and geology of the U.K 🌎 They loved looking at earthquakes as they happened on https://t.co/ckbeyMSYvo

19/03/21

Retweeted From Rav

Students have been feeding back on how much they are enjoying having their iPads . Looking forward to this journey continuing! https://t.co/Yhgl33jtuw

19/03/21

Retweeted From George C

Our journey begins! Excited to continue developing and improving student education through iPads. Year 7 and 8s loved using them today🌎 https://t.co/QTgsY91Quw

19/03/21

A great week rolling out the iPads for year 8 & 9. Even better to see how is allowing us to make lessons more interactive! https://t.co/H6w26YuN6U

18/03/21

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

We've added a little bit of colour and lavender scent to the entrance of the LSC 🌻. We also dug through rocks, roots and ravenous ants to make planting holes for our sensory plants. It was great to be back 😊; looking forward to full gardening club return https://t.co/32MJWcT98p

18/03/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

JLT as part of the iPad role out questioning the deputy headteacher. https://t.co/62kXvYGCqw

17/03/21

Retweeted From Rav

It was great to be able to hand out the iPads this morning to Year 8! Enhancing T&L through the use of technology is going to be exciting! https://t.co/KmSN0gSzoc

17/03/21

Our journey to becoming an school continues, with Year 8 receiving their iPads this morning. Mr Draine and Mr Hehir helping to lead a session on how to set up core apps, on the ipad. https://t.co/mUngYa0FBC

Train to Teach

Robert Barclay Academy is part of the East Herts Partnership offering teacher training places each year on a salaried or unsalaried basis in the East Hertfordshire region. The schools in the partnership are fantastic places to train, work and learn. They provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, which is our higher education partner. Our partnership’s vision is simple but powerful; we prepare our teachers and students to be respectful of others, to be confident in all that they do and to achieve their full potential.

Also, all partnership schools endeavour to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. We have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer our respective school communities.

Importantly, the partnership sees its staff as its most valuable resource and its schools have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

School Direct

What is School Direct?

School Direct is an initial teacher training programme based in schools as opposed to university. Although trainees do spend time with our higher education partner, the University of Hertfordshire, most of the training is in school. The idea of School Direct is to give trainee teachers more ‘hands-on’ teaching experience than traditional university based routes into teaching. There are two School Direct programmes offered by the East Herts partnership: these are the salaried and fee paying routes.

School Direct (Salaried)

The School Direct (salaried) means you will be employed by the school and receive a salary while you train. It is primarily aimed at career changes.

Course Requirements

  • Relevant experience
  • An honours degree (2.2 or above)
  • GCSE English and maths at Grade C or above
  • A GCSE science at Grade C or above if you want to be a primary school teacher
  • A degree in your specialist subject if you want to be a secondary school teacher

Advantages

As a salaried trainee you will:

  • Receive a salary as an unqualified teacher while you train
  • Work alongside experienced and expert practitioners
  • Get a real feel for the profession by being immediately immersed in school life
  • Receive qualified teacher status (QTS) at the end of the course

School Direct (Fee Paying)

In the School Direct (fee paying) route, you will need to pay tuition fees, which are around £9,000 but vary from subject to subject. UK and EU students are eligible for a student loan to cover 100% of the fees. However, although you will have to pay fees, you will receive expert tuition on learning and teaching from the University of Hertfordshire and will gain invaluable experience from your colleagues at school. At the end of the programme, you will receive a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) as well as QTS.

Course Requirements

  • An honours degree (2.2 or above, but all degrees will be considered)
  • GCSE English and maths at Grade C or above
  • GCSE science at Grade C or above

Advantages

As a fee paying trainee you will:

  • You will work alongside expert and experienced practitioners
  • Gain QTS and a PGCE at the end of the course
  • Get a real feel for the profession by being immediately immersed in school life
  • Could get your fees covered by a student loan
  • Could be eligible for a bursary (limited to certain subjects)

Why Train With Us?

Robert Barclay Academy, or one the other schools in the partnership, are fantastic places to train, work and learn. We provide a unique school-based learning opportunity in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, which is our higher education partner. Our partnership’s vision is simple but powerful we prepare our teachers and students to be respectful of others, to be confident in all that they do and to achieve their full potential.

Also, all partnership schools endeavour to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. We have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer our respective school communities.

Importantly, the partnership sees its staff as its most valuable resource and its schools have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

Partnership Schools

All trainees will undertake a day at the University of Hertfordshire each week and complete a second placement, usually at one of our partnership schools all located in East Hertfordshire.  Aside from Robert Barclay Academy, the other schools are Goffs Academy, Goffs-Churchgate Academy, Haileybury – Turnford, Goffs Oak Primary, Burleigh Primary, Downfield Primary and Hunsdon Primary.

Where to Find Our Schools

All schools in the partnership are strategically positioned a few miles from Junction 25 of the M25 and are all close to the A1. The nearest mainline railway stations are in Cheshunt and Broxbourne. Goffs Oak Primary is quite close to Cuffley station. The University of Hertfordshire is in Hatfield, which is well served by rail from London Kings Cross and is on the A1. Full directions to the university and schools can be found on their websites.

Special Features

All schools in the partnership offer a variety of special features. Each school has its unique ethos and student vibe. One of the benefits of the partnership is the ability to work in Hertfordshire, but have excellent access to London.

Student Facilities

All schools have a variety of extra-curricular activities that enrich student life. The pastoral care at each school is excellent and each school offers child protection training and advice on safeguarding.

Study Facilities

All schools have their own unique study facilities and you will be given a full tour of the school on interview to view these facilities.  

Accommodation

East Herts Schools Direct Partnership does not provide any accommodation for trainee teachers. However, the area the schools are situated in have plenty of opportunities for those seeking to rent accommodation. The schools also have good rail and road links with London.

Child Care Facilities

The University of Hertfordshire has child care facilities which can be used by School Direct trainees when they are studying on the university site as part of their programme. However, partnership schools cannot provide trainees with child care facilities and this will have to be organised by the trainee and at their own expense.

Disability Access

The University of Hertfordshire has full disabled access. It would, however, be useful if applicants who would benefit from disabled access could let the training schools know on their application, so that schools can ensure that they can access the school and can fully participate in the interview process.

Vacancies/Training Places for 2021

Applications for September 2021 will open in October 2020.

You will need to apply via UCAS in addition to letting the partnership know. 

At Robert Barclay Academy, the following subjects may be available from September 2019:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Physics

Contact

The East Herts School Direct Partnership is run on behalf of all schools in the partnership.  We can advise, (or put you in touch with someone who can!) on all aspects including administration of the partnership, including recruitment, selection of candidates and the partnership’s UCAS portal.

Robert Barclay Academy

Useful Information

Hertfordshire Regional Partnership/University of Hertfordshire

Key Documentation

Applicants Pre-application Task Form

Other Links

Information for overseas candidates regarding NARIC

Training Agency website for School Direct

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