You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
Most of the training will be delivered by expert teachers in the partnership schools. This will be enhanced through attendance to Reading University at least once a week. As a post-graduate student, you will have full access to the University of Reading, a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teacher training. At the start of the course, you will have two weeks in your placement school and then a week of intensive preparation at the university and will undertake regular training sessions at the university throughout the course.
Guidance and Support
A strong support network is in place: you will be assigned a mentor from your department, a university tutor, and your training will also be monitored by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As an employee in your allocated placement school, you will be included in all staff meetings and development days. You will be in school from the first day of term so will feel part of the team from day one.
Our mentors are exemplary teachers as well as supportive, nurturing and well trained mentors who undertake a rigorous training programme to enhance these mentoring skills. This includes coaching, and effective classroom observation and feedback. Your in-school training will be enhanced through regular mentor meetings and observations: trainees are taught to put together an exceptional portfolio of evidence, which is checked in the final assessment in the summer term. Progress is documented through termly mentor reports, on which trainees reflect, set targets and grow with the support of their mentors and university tutors.
The lead school is Upton Court Grammar School and the accrediting provider is the University of Reading. TeachSlough recruits on behalf of all Slough schools - for a full list of our partnership schools, please visit our website.
If successful at interview, a condition of offer will be to secure a main placement school to support your training. Applicants who are already linked to one of our partnership schools should indicate their supporting school in their teacher training applications. As this is the final stage of recruitment, successful applicants who are not linked to a partnership school should be proactive in finding a main placement school.
You will train in your main placement school in the autumn and summer terms. In spring term 1, you will train in your second placement school, which TeachSlough will organise for you in one of our contrasting, complimentary partnership schools.* The six-week second placement allows you to gain a wealth of experience and an understanding of a variety of practices to add to your credentials.
For a full list of our partnership schools, please visit our website.
You will need at least a grade C in your GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.
Minimum degree required: 2:1 or equivalent. Degrees should be in a related subject.
Overseas applicants will need a NARIC certificate of comparability to prove their qualifications match the GCSE and degree requirements.
As a career changer, you will need 3 years’ work experience in addition to the above qualifications, preferably in a school environment though not exclusively, which does not need to be consistent.
You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
Salaries are calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scale.
The minimum salary for training is UQT pay scale 1.
Tuition fees for QTS are paid for by TeachSlough.
PGCE accreditation is available at an extra cost of £1500. The University of Reading will invoice the trainee directly for this.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Slough is a multi-cultural, vibrant and diverse community. Our students are passionate, exuberant, witty and sharp, offering our teachers some of the most inspiring, captivating and exciting schools in the country.
Our partnership of schools is led by Upton Court Grammar School and comprises of a mixture of Grammar schools and Comprehensive schools, Academies and State schools, Primary, Infant, Junior and Secondary schools. We encourage a supportive community for our trainees and offer diverse and contrasting teaching and training experiences through school-to-school collaboration. Our school-based, highly supportive training programme, nurtures our trainees to flourish and excel within the teaching profession. Since 2013, we have successfully trained 104 trainees. To date*, we have achieved a 100% pass rate with 72% of our trainees passing with a grade 1 (‘outstanding’).
Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. Following the training year, Slough’s excellent practitioners continue to offer outstanding professional development opportunities, guiding their colleagues through a variety of leadership pathways. Our dedication to professional development makes Slough an attractive place to work with 75% choosing to stay in our partnership in their NQT year.**
Working in partnership with the University of Reading, TeachSlough is committed to recruiting innovative and inspiring trainee teachers in both the primary and secondary sector to enthuse our next generation. If you are looking for an exciting new challenge working alongside like-minded passionate, pioneering educational practitioners, TeachSlough: Awake. Create. Educate.
**in June 2017.
About the accredited body
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. They are ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, they have 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.
How We Select Our Trainees:
Upton Court Grammar School is the lead school in the Partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. This will involve a full day spent at the school and will include a variety of pre-assessment tasks as well as a formal interview with members of the TeachSlough team.
It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We use individual training plans to offer bespoke support for all of our trainees and to create a provision in which all of our trainees can succeed.
Our recruitment is a rigorous and thought-provoking process which includes a number of pre-assessment tasks. We make reasonable adjustments to facilitate all interviewees (for example, extra time).
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