The course offers you a weekly General Professional Studies (GPS) session lasting three and a half 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, giving effective feedback, lesson planning, behaviour-management, the ways in which pupils learn and adaptive teaching. All of our training is evidence-informed. Our fee-paying courses are awarded with QTS and PGCE carrying 60 masters credits (awarded in partnership with the University of Sussex).
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.
Successful applicants for this course will work in two schools within the Wokingham Federation. Please see The Wokingham Federation for schools in the Federation.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in business studies or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
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
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 3 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.
After interview, successful candidates will be sent a link to sit Teach SouthEast’s on-line literacy and numeracy skills tests for teaching.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Wokingham Federation is a close partnership of ten secondary schools, two special schools and a PRU. Its aim is to support collaboration in order to raise the standards of students’ achievement across the borough. It works closely with the primary schools in the area.
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 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 2023 - 2024, the Federation is delighted to be able to continue to offer Primary School Direct courses.
We also now offer salaried and fee funded opportunities at local special schools. If this is of interest, please contact Julian Bushell for further information.
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
As an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider, Teach SouthEast delivers high quality bespoke school-centred ITT programmes for aspiring primary and secondary teachers in South East England. Ofsted found it to be outstanding in every category in its 2018 inspection.
Teach SouthEast is passionate about training and developing outstanding teachers of the future. It seeks to 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 their students.
Once we receive your application through DfE Apply, we 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 typically consist of:
Teaching an advised topic to a class of approximately 30 students for approximately 25 minutes
A subject knowledge test. This is usually part of a GCSE paper and will last no longer than 30 minutes
An exercise on resilience
A short 15 minute free-writing exercise on a prescribed topic
An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools
If candidates are made a conditional offer after interview, one condition will be to sit an on-line literacy and numeracy skills assessment prior to starting the course to establish if any additional support in these areas is required during the ITT course.
It is possible that the interview will have to be held remotely. In this case, the teaching activity will be replace by a presentation.
To obtain an offer of a placement with the Wokingham Federation, there will also be a second interview with this partnership of schools.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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