Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls is a wonderfully diverse school with students and staff from a range of different backgrounds, faiths and cultures. The school has gained a variety of awards and is particularly proud of the SSAT Gold Award for Cultural Diversity, the assessors noting that the ethos of the school is an outstanding feature and that there is a highly cohesive and mutually supportive community where everyone feels valued and enjoys learning . Ellen Wilkinson’s recent Ofsted report also confirmed that we our overall effectiveness is outstanding.
The school became a specialist college for Science and Mathematics in 2002, re-designated in 2006 and 2009 and, following our recognition as a High Performing Specialist School, was awarded Training School status in 2007.
The School Direct Maths programme at Ellen Wilkinson begins in September 2021. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2022, you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All schools in ETSA are highly supportive and inspirational environments where you will develop the necessary skills and acquire a true appreciation of the practice essential for outstanding teaching and learning. You will learn your craft in a safe environment which allows you to experiment with teaching styles, strategies and ideas.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school. You will participate in weekly professional development sessions which will cover a wide range of topics and school policies which will be of use to you in your subject area and in the school as a whole. You will also attend Alliance-wide Golden Day training events along with fellow ETSA trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at the St Mary’s.
You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at Ellen Wilkinson who will support you in your development over the course of what will be a challenging and rewarding year. All mentors are excellent teachers who are well-trained in mentoring, coaching, lesson observations and feedback skills. You will also work closely with a member of the Senior Leadership team who will oversee a great deal of your training and will provide an invaluable perspective on your role as a teacher and the wider issues of education leadership.
As well as your main training placement at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, you will complete a 6-12 week placement in a contrasting context within ETSA.
This will afford you the opportunity to experience working with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues.
Before the start date of the training programme you must hold a UK degree (or equivalent). You should preferably have a 1st or a 2:1 in a relevant subject area from a well-respected institution. It is also preferable that you have at least 3 Bs at A level (or equivalent). All applicants must have at least a C in GCSE English, Maths and Science at the time of application.
You must have 3 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience (this does not have to be from an educational setting).
School experience is also essential if you are interested in applying for School Direct at ETSA. We prefer that candidates have up to 10 days of recent experience in a UK school. If you have arranged some classroom experience but it is yet to take place, please make a note of this in your application.
ETSA Salaried School Direct trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale (Band A, Inner London) area.
All ETSA schools offering Salaried places in Maths, Physics and Computing will pay trainees at least £25,000 as a result of additional funding being offered by the government.
Salaries for other subjects will vary depending on the subject and salary.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Ealing Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is an exciting and innovative collaboration striving to provide teaching excellence in the London Borough of Ealing. The Alliance comprises of 12 secondary schools and is in partnership with St Mary’s University, Hillingdon SCITT and Goldsmiths, university of London.
ETSA has a fantastic reputation for its well-established training programmes and its excellent track-record of induction. ETSA’s commitment to ensuring that all trainees, regardless of subject or route, are able to benefit from the experience and expertise of the very best practitioners makes it an excellent place to train and procure employment once qualified.
For the past five years, the vast majority of ETSA trainees have secured their first qualified teacher role within the Alliance upon completion of their training year.
You will be working in partnership with an ‘Outstanding’ (March 2011) provider for both Secondary and Primary provision.
We have a long standing tradition and proven excellence in providing initial teacher training since 1850.
Opportunity to work within a professional community to provide excellence in practice and pedagogy.
Opportunity for knowledge exchange and cooperation between educators, teachers and academies.
Shortlisted applicants should expect to first attend an interview at St Mary’s University.
If successful, applicants will then be invited to an interview at school and to take part in some or all of the following activities: a presentation; a written task; small group teaching; curriculum discussion and an interview. You will be told in advance if you are required to prepare a presentation or to teach.
It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to ensure successful applicants are well placed to succeed.
Please note that we recruit on a rolling basis and usually offer only one position per subject area (unless otherwise stated). We suggest that you apply early as popular subjects are filled quickly.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Ealing Teaching School Alliance, and its partner schools, aim to ensure that all potential staff have equality of opportunity, regardless of disability.
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