The Wokingham Federation
Business Studies (38ZZ)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Teach SouthEast
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://wokinghamfederation.co.uk

Contents

About the course

The course offers you a weekly General Professional Studies (GPS) session lasting 3 hours, which is held at SJB School in Woking. In these sessions you will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop your practice within the classroom. Areas of pedagogy covered within these sessions include: assessment for learning, smart marking, lesson planning, behaviour management and differentiation. Our Non-Salaried and SCITT courses are awarded with QTS and PGCE carrying 60 masters credits (awarded in partnership with the University of Sussex). Our salaried and apprenticeship courses lead to QTS only.

Alongside your General Professional Studies, all trainees receive subject specific training, which is led by one of the schools within the partnership. All subject hubs within the partnership have been chosen for their renowned reputation as training centres and outstanding levels of learning and teaching as well as results. Business Studies subject training gives trainees a weekly dedicated session focusing on subject related topics, preparing you to teach Business Studies to a high level within the classroom. Areas of training include planning an effective scheme of work, assisting students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, differentiation, preparing students for examinations and equipping you with the skills to teach the full range of business subjects across Key Stages 4 and 5 (14 to 19 years).

As a Teach SouthEast trainee you would spend the majority of time in your placement school, with the weekly day of training delivered by the Teach SouthEast SCITT and their partnership of schools. The PGCE (60 masters credits) is delivered by and accredited by The University of Sussex, whose ITT provision has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Trainees have the opportunity to go to The University of Sussex on a number of occasions throughout the year to access keynote lectures and the PGCE element of the course is delivered at one of the two lead schools within the SCITT

Interview process

Once we receive your application through UCAS, Teach South East will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will be held at one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks.

The interview day will consist of:

  • A subject knowledge test. This is usually part of a GCSE paper and will last no longer than 30 minutes
  • An exercise on resilience
  • An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools
  • A literacy and numeracy skills test assessment to establish if you currently meet the required standards of literacy and numeracy for teaching, and if not, to establish how we can support you.

There will also be a second interview with the Wokingham Federation.

How school placements work

Successful applicants will work in schools within the Wokingham Federation.

Salary

Salary will be based on the unqualified teacher pay scale. Successful applicants will be informed of their possible salary at an early stage of the process.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

Requirements

Qualifications

We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved a grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent qualifications).

If your degree is not in Business Studies, an A-Level in a related subject is required If your degree or high school education was undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC: NARIC

Personal qualities

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.

Personal qualities include:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
  • A positive outlook and resilient nature
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice

Other requirements

All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify their suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession.

About the training provider

The Wokingham Secondary Federation is a close partnership of nine secondary schools whose aim is to support collaboration in order to raise the standards of students’ achievement across the borough. High quality ITT provision is an integral part of its work.

Please see The Wokingham Federation to see more details of our schools.

For 2020 - 2021, 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.

Any applicant successfully awarded a place with us will work in two schools both of which are in close proximity of Wokingham, a town which is often named as one of the best places in the country to live.

About the accredited body

Teach SouthEast delivers high quality bespoke programmes for aspiring secondary teachers in South East England. Ofsted found it to be outstanding in every category in its 2018 inspection. It is led by two outstanding teaching schools, St John the Baptist (SJB) and Salesian School, who together with their vast network of partnership schools, are passionate about training and developing outstanding teachers of the future.

We provide a dynamic environment where trainees can immerse themselves in what it is to be a great teacher, be nurtured within their own practice and be empowered to deliver outstanding lessons to our students.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Both The Wokingham Federation and its partner providers are committed to equal opportunities.

Contact details

Email
jbushell@bulmershe.wokingham.sch.uk
Telephone
0118 935 3353
Website
http://wokinghamfederation.co.uk
Address
The Wokingham Federation c/o The Bulmershe School
Woodlands Avenue
Woodley
Berkshire
RG5 3EU

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