The Wokingham Federation Primary (G344)

QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://wokinghamfederation.co.uk

Contents

About the course

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, G344, is a one-year full-time route into teaching, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) 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.

Please see Primary School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.

School placements

Trainees carry out their training in two Wokingham School Direct Primary Schools, with the course ensuring their work spans at least four year groups.

The second placement provides the opportunity for trainees to build up their work to a point where they are leading on 60% of the timetable.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, 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.

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer from us, you will 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.

No school experience is required, but it would of course be helpful.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,710
International students £16,450

Financial support from the training provider

Students who have previously graduated from an undergraduate course at the University of Reading will be eligible for an alumni discount amounting to 10% of the tuition fee (up to a maximum of £1,000) for Home/EU students or £1,000 for International fee-paying students.

You may be entitled to other support. Please see the Get into Teaching website for more details.

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.

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

For 2022 - 2023, the Federation is delighted to be able to continue 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 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).

Interview process

Interviews will take place in a Wokingham Primary School Direct school and 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.

Some interviews may be held remotely. When this is the case, the teaching task will be replaced by a presentation.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

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

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Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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