Our course maximises your school experience so that you spend as much time as possible learning from professionals in the classroom. The online learning element of the course offers our trainees a large degree of flexibility with their study. Online learning is bespoke to your learning needs and factors in your previous experience; there is no “one size fits all” with our course.
You will receive support and advice on how to plan, teach and assess learning. During your course, we will organise visits to different types of schools and specialist contexts to give you a rounded educational experience to prepare you for an exciting career in teaching.
Trainees complete 2 assignments during the course. The advice and support offered ensures that we have a high success rate to empower you to reflect effectively on your teaching at the start of your career.
We assess your progress throughout the course to build up an overall picture of the teacher you are becoming. Our innovative online systems gather your evidence throughout the course which avoids unnecessary workload on trainees.
As well as your school-based mentor, your pathway tutor will visit you each term to ensure that you are progressing well and offer you advice on your teaching, assignments and evidence gathering.
Our apprentices spend most of their year in their employing school. They will arrive on day 1 of term 1 and become fully immersed in school life.
You will undertake a second placement to provide you with a contrasting experience. This placement school will be a contrasting context. You will then return to your home school until the end of the school year.
We will also organise various days during the school year to ensure we have covered the full range of educational contexts available in the UK.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Geography or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are seeking passionate people who are looking for a career in teaching. Our schools are dedicated to finding the best role models for their students. If you have the drive and enthusiasm to inspire young people, we want to meet you.
Apprenticeship trainees are paid on point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale for their first year or training
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The BTSA is led by three schools (The King John School, The Appleton School and Kingston Primary School) with 30 local Primary and Secondary schools in the partnership (Benfleet, Canvey, Basildon, Rayleigh, Rochford and Westcliff on Sea in Essex)
We are committed to attracting, training and developing the very best graduates so that the students within our area have the very best teachers and as a result exceed the progress targets expected of them.
In order to realise this vision our schools have made a commitment to work together to provide a high quality training programme with TES Institute. Applicable to both the primary and secondary sectors.
Our school based teacher training programme is led and supported by the finest classroom practitioners, using the high quality resources developed by TES Institute. The programme maximises time spent in the classroom and ensures that the face to face professional studies programme is focused, relevant and up to date. These sessions are led by top practitioners and school leaders in our locality.
Each year our cohort of trainees are fully supported and challenged with our personalised yet tried and tested approach. In the last three years 68% of all of our trainees have completed the course with outstanding grading’s. Employment rates on completion of training currently stand at 100%.
In 2017 BTSA were shortlisted for a collaboration award at the national TES School Awards.
The interview includes:
A 30 minute lesson observation.
We aim to see that you have the communication skills and presence to be a teacher.
An interview and an assessment of your fundamental English and Maths competencies.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
TES Institute and BTSA are committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. We support and enable students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in TES Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies.
TES Institute will:
Encourage applications from people with disabilities
Seek to provide information in suitable formats
Assess applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of their academic potential and suitability to train to teach
Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact TES Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated
Provide additional support or resources at application to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable
Offer additional provision to ensure no disadvantage compared with other applicants
Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required
Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed
Provide educational support services as appropriate for eligible students
Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies
Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at TES Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff where required
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.