The Bitterne Park Teaching School Alliance is a growing partnership comprising a diverse range of secondary schools across Hampshire and Wiltshire which present dynamic and exciting training possibilities for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. Working in partnership with the University of Southampton, we have developed a bespoke teacher training package designed to produce reflective, analytical and effective classroom practitioners. During your training year, you will build upon your prior experience to gain the specific subject, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge that you need to become an effective and confident teacher with the full support of the University of Southampton including a university tutor and access to all facilities. Southampton University has a long-established record of excellent initial teacher training, and successful completion of our course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The programme also contributes towards a Master’s level qualification.
As a BPTSA School Direct trainee, you will have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in school life and will be treated like any other member of the teaching staff. This approach will allow you to experience all aspects of the role of a teacher, both inside and outside the classroom. The practical nature of our course, combined with the opportunity to work alongside and learn from experienced, outstanding practitioners, constantly reinforces the link between theory and practice. We aim to ensure that by the end of the course you can teach your subject confidently and successfully by developing your skills as a problem solver, and by encouraging you to explore theoretical ideas and their practical application in the classroom.
We feel our School Direct training programme combines the best elements of a traditional university-led PGCE training model with the benefits of a school-centred approach.
Our core training involves:
- a four-week induction at the start of the programme;
- a progressive training programme delivered each Friday throughout the year;
- a half term second school placement in a contrasting school; and
- a primary, sixth form and SEN school experience.
Throughout the programme, you will be supported by a highly skilled and trained mentor at your school, a professional mentor (a member of your school’s senior leadership team) and a university tutor.
We will be offering School Direct RE teacher training vacancies at several locations including Regents Park Community College which has been awarded the RE Gold Quality Mark.