For this School Direct course, Wokingham primary schools work in close partnership with the University of Reading. The course offers a high-quality, school-focused and personalised approach to trainees from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
This course, 2HBP, is a one-year full-time route into teaching, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with PGCE on successful completion.
Trainees spend most of their time in school, with approximately 30 days based at the University of Reading on its London Road campus.
They are based in one school for most of the year, with a minimum of six weeks in a contrasting school to broaden their training experience.
The course begins in early September, and finishes at the beginning of July the following summer.
Initially, trainees will be observing and working alongside class teachers as they get to know the children and their routines. At a pace tailored to each individual, they will then begin to take on small groups, building up to being responsible for planning, teaching and assessing the children for 80% of their timetable by the end of the year. This ensures that trainees are completely confident in their teaching skills before entering the teaching profession.
Applicants for this course are required to have secured a relationship with a school which is willing to financially support them through their training before applying.
Salaried trainees are employed by the school and receive a monthly salary. Trainees on this route may be used for covering classes up to one day per week and may be asked to carry out some duties.
Trainees carry out their training in two Wokingham School Direct Primary Schools, with the course ensuring their work spans four year groups.
The aim of the second placement, where trainees work towards leading 60% of the timetable, is that they experience an alternative setting. For example, if a main school is a large school in an urban area, the second placement could be in a smaller more rural school.
We would normally expect you to have at least a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade C (4) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English and a Science subject (or equivalent qualifications).
Wokingham is proud of its schools and we are looking for applications from people who have the desire, passion and determination to be outstanding trainee teachers within these schools. All the primary schools offering the School Direct route into teaching are keen to work with these trainees, at least for a year and possibly for longer.
Most salaried applicants already have the financial backing of a school. Trainees are paid as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the course.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Wokingham Secondary Federation is a close partnership of ten secondary schools, two special schools and a PRU whose aim is to support collaboration in order to raise the standards of students’ achievement across the borough.
Wokingham is a high performing authority and delivering an exceptional ITT programme is an integral part of the Federation’s work. Its School Direct programme, in close partnership with the University of Reading for all subjects with the exception of Business Studies, where Teach South East is its partner, is widely recognised for its success in producing outstanding teachers.
For 2021 - 2022, the Federation is delighted to be able to offer Primary School Direct courses.
The Federation is extremely proud of its work with its ITT trainees, many of whom stay on each year to work as teachers in one of our schools.
Over a quarter of all the secondary trainees with the University of Reading train each year in schools in the Wokingham Federation School Direct partnership. Any applicant successfully awarded a place with us will work in two schools, both of which are in or near to Wokingham, a town which is often named as one of the best places in the country to live.
About the accredited body
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 7th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2020) and has been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 300 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.
Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).
For salaried positions, applicants are interviewed at the location of the school financially supporting them.They will typically contain an observation of a lesson, a short teaching task, a written task and a formal interview.
This will be an opportunity not only for schools to assess applicants, but also for applicants to decide whether the Wokingham Primary School Direct route is the best one for them. During the course of the interview process, there will therefore be many opportunities for all the parties involved to ensure this is a good match.
More details of the process will be confirmed in writing at the point of inviting to interview.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Both The Wokingham Federation and its partner providers are committed to equal opportunities.
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