The Bitterne Park Teaching School Alliance is a growing partnership comprising a diverse range of secondary schools across Hampshire and Wiltshire presenting dynamic and exciting training possibilities for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. Working in partnership with the University of Chichester, we have developed a bespoke English teacher training programme 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 of English. You will have the full support of the University of Chichester, including a university tutor and access to all facilities, but university-led training will take place at Bitterne Park School in Southampton, and you will not be required to travel to Chichester.
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.
Our core training involves:
- a four-week induction at the start of the programme;
- a progressive training programme delivered throughout the year, including approximately 20 subject specific training days and 23 professional studies training days;
- 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 curriculum mentor at your school, a professional mentor (a member of your school's senior leadership team) and a university tutor.
In addition, English with Drama trainees will have a teaching commitment in drama as part of their timetable and will receive the following training:
- GCSE and A level set practitioners
- Different genres within drama
- Approaches to devising
- Managing the drama classroom
- Creative and practical approaches to teaching drama