Art & Design
Applicants will have a degree in art related specialisms and the portfolio represents an important part of the interview process. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum requirements for A&D, especially where topics have not been covered by their degree. Along with an awareness of educational issues, a desire to excite, stimulate and engage young people from 11-18 with the possibilities and pleasures open to them in studying Art and Design is a good starting point for an application.
Trainees come together with Clare Medcroft, the Subject Leader, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of Art and Design. It is an opportunity to learn from Clare, visiting experts and each other.
Visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge and provide ideas for school trips and the value of them. Recent trips have been to Oxford and London to see art first-hand and the course provides lots of opportunities for trainees to develop their practical skills linking with the work of contemporary artists.
Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course. By the end of September trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December. There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas. In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school. There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement. The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.
There are also weekly subject seminars, every Thursday, with trainees meeting with their Subject Leader and other trainees from their subject.
|Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance (School Direct)|
|Odyssey TSA (School Direct)|
|Cotswold Teaching School Partnership (School Direct)|
|Hereteach Alliance (School Direct)|
Clare MedcroftThe Crypt School
Clare is Head of Design, Art and Technology at The Crypt School, Gloucester. She has a degree in Visual Arts with Education Studies (specialising in Fine Art). Clare herself is a former GITEP trainee. Clare is an experienced teacher having taught in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire for the past 19 years and is a Specialist Leader of Education for Art & design (SLE).
- An Art degree (or equivalent) or in some circumstances, a related subject with other Art & Design background.
- Maths and English at Grade C or above at GCSE. (Note: an equivalency test is available from the university.)
- Successful completion of the Get Into Teaching Skills Test. We recommend you review GITEP’s Skills Tests Procedure for 2016 Entry.
- Degree at 2:2 or above.
- Involvement with young people, e.g., coaching, youth club.
- Recent connections with Secondary education.
- Recent involvement in art societies, clubs, etc.
- An awareness of issues in Art & Design education.
Art group at the GITEP awards ceremony