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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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

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.

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.

How school placements work

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

The aim of the second placement, where trainees work towards leading 60% of the timetable, is that they experience an alternative setting. For example, if a main school is a large school in an urban area, the second placement could be in a smaller more rural school.

Fees

The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,710
EU students £7,710

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study. Please see the Get Into Teaching website for details.

Requirements

Qualifications

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

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

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

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

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) 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).

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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