Both training and salaried routes will benefit from:
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) with the opportunity to gain 60 credits towards a Masters degree
a school based experience in your main host school
a second placement school experience in a diverse setting
curriculum mentoring from a subject specialist in your host school and a University tutor
University subject days and quality assurance
University and in-school training days
The course prepares you to teach across KS3 and KS4 (age ranges 11-16) and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
You will undertake studies in all elements of secondary education; extend your knowledge of teaching and learning, the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year.
In broad terms, the assessed school placement requires trainees to:
know the structure and requirements of the National Curriculum as they relate to teaching at KS3 and KS4 (11-16)
be able to plan, teach, assess and evaluate lessons, meeting the level of practice expected of teachers according to the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2012)
identify professional strengths and areas for development
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of QTS.
Ringwood School Alliance comprises of various secondary and primary schools across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire with Ringwood School as lead. Ringwood School is centrally located on the boarder of Hampshire and Dorset within a 25 mile radius of all alliance schools.
Applicants are free to decide the subject, school and route they wish to apply for via UCAS under the Provider Code 1G3. Where multiple schools in our Alliance have same subject places candidates need only apply to one, but can request to be considered by other schools in the Alliance depending on preference and distance. Upon consideration of applications, interested schools attend interview at one venue (usually Ringwood School). Following a successful interview IF more than one school wish to offer a place, candidates have the final decision on their chosen school subject to having made an experience visit to all interested schools.
Trainees commence their one year ‘main’ placement in September at the beginning of the Autumn Term and are in the classroom from the start. A second placement of 6 weeks in a different school environment takes place from January to February half term (normally in another school within our Alliance).
Trainees are based in their main school 4 days per week, teaching a percentage of the timetable and being observed in lessons (on average around once a week). Fridays are set aside for Professional theme training either at the University of Winchester or in an Alliance school. Each trainee is allocated a subject mentor and time is allocated for weekly meetings. A tutor, in the appropriate subject field, is also assigned by the University of Winchester. There is also regular support from a Professional Mentor and admin support from the Teaching School Coordinator.
The trainee is required to complete 3 termly Review Statements and an Interim Review where required (Salaried trainee).
The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above; GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability. (https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/)
We are looking for ambitious trainees who are enthusiastic about teaching and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities. We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the secondary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.
Trainees will be paid on the first spine point of the unqualified teacher
scale - currently c. £17,600. There will be no additional training fees
for trainees on this salaried route. The salaried training programme
is most suited to high quality graduates with 3 or more years’ work experience, not necessarily from an educational setting, who can bring valuable skills and experience to the teaching profession e.g. financial, engineering or manufacturing sectors.
They must fulfil all government criteria at the time of application, have excellent references and perform strongly at interview i.e. skills and attributes to work independently and move quickly to whole class teaching, pastoral work etc.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Ringwood School Teaching Alliance has been successfully working with trainee teachers for many years. As a phase one National Teaching School we have been working specifically with School Direct trainees since September 2012 and are pleased to boast a very high success rate for recruiting trainees within our alliance of schools following their training year. Our retention rate is also very high showing that we attract the right people for the right routes in the right schools.
Though our partnership with the University of Winchester, we are committed to providing high quality teacher training opportunities across the region, working with lead professionals in high performing schools to support and develop teachers of the future. We are ALL passionate about supporting people to make the next step to join the teaching profession and we look forward to working with you.
We can offer a diverse range of school placements including special schools, selective schools and single sex schools. We are able to provide access to professional development beyond teacher training to include peer-to-peer learning, identifying and nurturing leadership potential for the future and supporting your career development through our network of excellent school partners.
About the accredited body
The University of Winchester is recognised by OFSTED as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and develop the confidence you need to be an outstanding teacher and make a real difference in the world. We can offer you a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires.
As Lead in our Alliance, Ringwood School will co-ordinate the recruitment process. This will include planning and delivering a short teaching episode, presenting to a panel on an area of teaching and learning, followed by a formal interview exploring your subject knowledge with key leaders and a representative from The University of Winchester.
Applicants for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses are longer required to complete Skills Tests for Numeracy and English. It is the responsibility of the ITE provider to ensure that all trainee teachers have acquired and demonstrate an appropriate proficiency in English and Mathematics before they can be awarded Qualified Teacher Status at the end of their course.
Therefore, the interview process will include fundamental skills tests in English and Mathematics in the form of a reflective written task to assess your written English and a Maths audit.
Candidates will attend one interview and the venue will normally be Ringwood School (except for Primary where interviews will be held in a relevant primary setting).
Where possible, a pre-visit will support the selection process and is encouraged by all partnership schools. Where a placement is at another school, staff from that school will attend interview. We would recommend that following your notification of interview you make contact with the host (main) school so that a visit can be arranged prior to your interview date.
It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available across our partnership of schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies.
We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.