This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Design & Technology course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course 2LYQ. Applicants to this course will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as 2LYQ 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 who are 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 between 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 careers.
Trainees will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to design and technology teaching and explore all aspects of secondary design and technology, including specialist expertise in areas such as textiles, resistant materials, electronics, food technology and graphics.
To enable trainees to reach their potential as a fully qualified teacher, the course involves both a practical and theoretical approach. Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques encourage them to engage, reflect and challenge.
Trainees will learn through a series of practical seminars and workshops in purpose-built design studios with extensive resources and equipment as well as in school workshop spaces.
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. 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.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Design and technology 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 will not 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.
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.
Trainees will be paid point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay scale.
Fees and financial support
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 2022 - 2023, 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
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022).
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 400 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 Federation school on behalf of The Federation.
The interview process 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.
Some applicants may be interviewed remotely. When this is the case, the teaching task will be replaced with a presentation to the interviewing panel.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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