This Secondary salaried PGCE English course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). With the exception of the additional requirements imposed on salaried trainees, it is identical to the University of Reading’s course Q3X1. Applicants to this course, 38RZ, will however be interviewed at a Wokingham Federation school which is offering a salaried place and if successful will train in two Federation schools, the main one being the employing school. They will follow the same course as Q3X1 and will become members of the University in the same way as all the other successful applicants to this course.
The course supports its trainees to become reflective professionals, able to secure the very best for all children. We work with them to be resilient, creative and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress and development, trainees inspire young people to become confident, active citizens who are able to cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.
The aim of the partnership of the Wokingham Federation and the University of Reading is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on their pupils. This is accompanied by the recognition that excellent teachers continue to develop throughout their careers and never stop learning. Our intention therefore is that trainees should take ownership of their development during this year of training and establish the habits of reflective practice that will sustain them throughout their career.
Both the Federation schools and the University recognise the importance of being able to teach children to think, create and explore the world through language and literature. To achieve this, training to teach English on this course is therefore a dynamic, cutting edge and a ‘hands-on’ experience, which will enable trainees to share their passion for English with pupils, and develop professional skills so that they can become excellent English teachers.
The course is linked with National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and provides great networking and professional learning within a community of English teachers.
Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within the Federation schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future. Please see School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.
Trainees will work in two of The Federation’s nine mainstream School Direct secondary schools, with the majority of the time being spent in the employing school. Please see The Wokingham Federation website for details of the schools.
During the course of the year, all trainees will have experience of teaching all years from Years 7 - 13, including working with both GCSE and A Level groups.
To ensure they are fully supported during the course, trainees have a mentor at their schools and a tutor with the University, both of whom work closely with them throughout the year.
We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a subject that is related to the subject that you intend to teach.
You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent qualifications.
You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and Mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
We are looking for applications from people who have the desire, passion and determination to be outstanding teachers. The Wokingham Federation is proud of its schools and they are all keen to work with trainees who would like to be a part of it, at least for a year and possibly for longer.
Applicants for the salaried route are expected to have at least three years’ work experience (in any area) after their degree.
If you accept an offer from us, you will also be required to complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks successfully.
These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.
Salary is paid on the pay scale for unqualified teachers.
QTS course fees will be paid by the school. The costs of the PGCE may also be paid. This will be discussed at interview.
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).
Applicants called to interview will be interviewed at a school which is offering a salaried place.
The interview process, which typically takes about 3 hours, will consist of:
an introductory meeting
a written task
a teaching task with a small group of students
a formal interview
There may also be additional tasks, for example to meet with a student panel or to observe a lesson and then share observations.
It is also possible that applicants will have to be interviewed remotely. When this is the case, the teaching task will be replaced with a presentation to the interviewing panel.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Both The Wokingham Federation and its partner providers are committed to equal opportunities.
The Wokingham Federation c/o The Bulmershe School Woodlands Avenue Woodley Berkshire RG5 3EU
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