This one-year programme will see you placed in two schools as an integral member of the school team, developing your skills alongside experienced professionals while accessing additional support from our subject experts and your designated in-school mentor.
You will spend four days per week gaining practical, in-school experience, gradually taking on lessons and shared responsibility for pupils. Your remaining day will be dedicated to study with our partner, Equalitas.
Your studies will predominantly be carried out on an innovative e-learning platform, through which you will gain 24/7 access to course materials, lessons and tutorials, making learning extremely flexible. You will also be able to participate in an exciting programme of face-to-face workshops and specialist teaching visits to contextualise your training.
All of our courses lead to QTS with the additional option of adding on a PGCE. There is no extra application process for the PGCE route. Should you wish to pursue this option, you can express this to us at interview stage.
In order to obtain QTS, you will be required to complete two higher education assessments of upwards of 3,000 words throughout the year. Applicants on the PGCE route will need to complete three.
Example assignment topics include:
The Teaching of a Foundation Subject
Technology Enhanced Learning
Subject Knowledge Development
In addition to these formal assessments, you will continuously work on completing the tasks and objectives laid out in your Training Plan. This document will act as a structured record of your learning and professional development, providing evidential support for your application for QTS.
You will complete two placements in contrasting schools.
Your first and main placement will last approximately one academic year.
The second placement lasts six weeks and takes place during the Spring Term.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Biology 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 looking for applicants with a genuine passion for teaching and a commitment to working as part of a school community to make a difference to the lives of children.
Successful applicants are:
resilient and reflective
highly organised and driven
adaptable and open to new opportunities
motivated to further their own development
able to demonstrate high levels of personal initiative
secure in their subject knowledge
using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South is a family of five primary schools and four secondary schools, all of which are located in the heart of their communities across the London boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Bexley.
We have been educating young people in South London since 1876 and have over 15 years’ experience of initial teacher training. Embedded in a rich culture of both tradition and innovation, we draw on our long history of educational excellence while embracing new, forward-thinking ideas.
Our vision for education is built on aspiration and achievement, which is why we provide our staff with the highest levels of support. We have a unique and engaging professional development offer that provides opportunities for collaboration and access to networks for every teacher, no matter their career stage. Each member of our community, staff and students alike, also benefit from the Haberdashers’ Advantage – a unique set of benefits and opportunities that come from our sponsorship by the Haberdashers Company.
Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South is an inclusive employer that strongly values diversity. We welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure that the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.
This will determine your suitability to train to teach and assess your literacy and numeracy skills and subject knowledge.
The assessment process will include a presentation, a panel interview, a group task and a short teaching demonstration.
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
We want to make sure that our training programme is open to everybody. If you have a disability, we will make adjustments wherever reasonably possible in order to enable you to perform to the best of your ability throughout our recruitment process.
If you would like us to do so at the interview stage, please provide details on your application form. This will in no way affect your application.
Haberdashers' Academies Trust South Jerningham Road New Cross London SE14 5NY
Support and advice
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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