Ashton Sixth Form has run degrees and teacher training in partnership with Staffordshire University for several years and has achieved excellent outcomes for trainees and students. The college is approved by the Quality Assurance Agency who assess standards in higher education delivery. We are committed to ensuring that you receive the very best teaching and support with your studies, in a vibrant learning environment.
Ashton Sixth Form College are delivering teacher training in partnership with the A+ Trust of secondary schools, local primary schools and Staffordshire University. The A+ Trust is an educational trust between Ashton Sixth Form College and six schools in the Tameside area. The Trust is working together to raise attainment, aspiration and achievement in the borough.
School Direct is a school-led training programme that gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You will work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice.
This award is designed to allow graduates with an appropriate honours degree to train at postgraduate level to become a primary or secondary school teacher. You will leave this Teacher Training course with a PGCE qualification. This can be awarded at 3 levels dependent upon performance during the training year, either 30 (Professional) or 60 or 90 (Postgraduate) M level credits, in addition to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the required qualification to teach in England.
The course aims to develop your professional competencies in the creation and delivery of programmes in primary and secondary education, and to develop the wider professional knowledge and skills expected of a qualified teacher.
You will complete teaching practice in 2 schools or colleges during the course. The programme will also include a small number of observational days in settings with older and younger children. The course requires considerable time commitment, this includes all class contact, as well as independent study and preparation. The balance of time between the various components of university and school-based work varies over the year.
I am an experienced primary school teacher and have taught every year group from Reception to Year 6. I have been a PE and Maths coordinator and successfully led my school to improvement in KS2 maths results. I was appointed as a ‘Lead Maths Teacher’ by Salford Local Education Authority, where I worked with maths advisors from the LEA to support colleagues in other schools with their maths planning, teaching and assessment. I also taught extracurricular maths sessions for ‘gifted and talented’ Year 6 children within the LEA. During my time as a primary teacher, I was also a staff-governor providing the governors with a link to the views and feelings of staff members on a wide range of school issues. At this school, I regularly supervised teacher trainees who were gaining teaching practice in my class and was able to support them with their training through meeting with them regularly to discuss planning, giving them feedback on their teaching and helping them with the many other responsibilities of a primary school teacher.
Following teaching in the primary sector, I joined the University Centre team at a large college in the North West, becoming a tutor and lecturer in Early Childhood Studies to BA (Hons) students where I worked for 8 years. During my time there, I co-wrote an article for the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice where myself and a colleague explored how a scholarly activity culture is developed within a HE department of a FE college. I also carried out research in two Manchester primary schools to investigate how teachers and Early Years practitioners support children learning English as an additional language. These findings were published as a chapter in a book. I also used the findings from this research and from my experiences of teaching children with EAL to advise students of the theories of second language acquisition and to train teachers in the practical measures they can take to support children who are learning English as an Additional Language.
In 2015 I returned to the primary sector for a year to teach Year 6 and to ensure my subject knowledge was current before returning to Higher Education, working as an associate lecturer in Teacher Training at a large university in the North West, teaching primary foundation subjects to trainees. I am now Head of School Direct at Ashton Sixth Form College, training and supporting the next generation of teachers.
Masters Degree in Education: Professional Practice in Higher Education, awarded December 2012 from the University of Central Lancaster
Post Graduate Diploma in Education: Awarded July 2011 from the University of Central Lancaster
Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education: Awarded July 1999 from the Manchester Metropolitan University
BA (Hons) English: Awarded in July 1994 from the University of Leicester
Book chapter – Galley, S (2015) ‘Creating an Inclusive Environment for Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language’. In Brodie, K and Savage, K (Eds) ‘Inclusion and Early Years Practice’ Abingdon: Routledge books
Journal Article – Galley, S and Savage, K (2014) ‘Sharing Distinctive Vocational Cultural Practices to review Teaching and Learning Strategies across CBHE: a Case Study.’ Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice Vol 2, No 1
I started teaching History in Oldham in 2003 and am passionate about the subject. My favourite topics include British Social history, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement in the USA. In recent years I have worked as an associate lecturer and tutor for both MMU and Teach First History trainees.
After leaving school I studied at the University of Leeds, where I got my BA in History. Work as a teacher of English as another language followed, and this took me to countries such as Indonesia and Nicaragua. I also spent time in South America in 2008/9 and fell in love with Argentina, my favourite country. I live in Stockport with my family and am a proud father to a four year- old girl who is ‘my greatest achievement’.
In recent years I have worked as a Head of Department, as a Professional Mentor and most recently as an Assistant Head in a large secondary school in Oldham. The aspects of my work that I enjoy most [aside from classroom based teaching] is working with NQTs and PGCE students in the school context. ‘There is nothing as satisfying as seeing young teachers improve and the thrill of seeing them spurred on to greater achievements in the classroom. Teaching is a wonderful, joyful profession. Some of the best teachers I have worked with have been teaching no longer than a few years’.
I am currently studying for an MA in Education at Staffordshire University. When outside the classroom I can be found indulging in my other great passions. I love reading [especially contemporary American fiction] and fly fishing [although not always catching!] and can often be found beside a river somewhere.
I turned 40 in April and am looking forward to filling my fifth decade with plenty of the above.