All Alban Federation (AF) trainees are based at one home school through their training with a second school placement taking place in the Spring term. Trainees are allocated a subject mentor who offer day to day support within the department. Federation training takes place every Wednesday afternoon, with sessions hosted at schools across the partnership. Additional core training is offered at the start of the course to support trainees in the developing teaching skills.
Trainees are assessed continually through the programme with an acknowledgement that individuals develop at different rates. Trainees will receive feedback through formal lesson observations (at least one a week) and receive a formal review at three points through training. There are no essays to write or assignments to complete.
AF was ranked in the top 10 of all ITT providers in the Good Teacher Training Guide (2017).
Alban Federation has over 20 schools in its Secondary partnership so most successful applicants will have the chance to work in a school of their choice. Trainees are normally placed on 11-16 training programme, working in schools for at least 4 days a week. The second placement takes place in the half term immediately after the Christmas break.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Modern Languages 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.
Alban Federation is looking for applicants with a real commitment to develop their skills through training. To train to teach candidates should be highly motivated and enthusiastic about their subject and working with young people,
Prior school experience is expected for a salaried course.
All candidates will be subject to DBS procedures before beginning the programme.
Salaried trainees pay no fees and will normally be placed on UQ1 on the teacher pay scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Alban Federation (AF) have been training teachers across Hertfordshire since 2004. Both Secondary and Primary training programmes are now offered.
AF was rated in the top 10 of teacher training providers in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
Applicants will have the opportunity to complete an informal visit to partner schools offering the subject before progressing to a formal selection day in which they will ‘teach’ and complete panel interviews. Successful applicants will then proceed to a final interview at Alban Federation.
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
Alban Federation and its partner schools are committed to promoting practices that take into account the rights of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect whilst ensuring that the content, structure, delivery and assessment of programmes:
a) enable trainee teachers to meet all the standards for QTS across the age range of training, and
b) ensure that no trainee teacher is recommended for the award of QTS until they have met all of the standards for QTS.
All applicants are subject to the same recruitment processes. Training options and the capacity of schools to manage trainees needs are discussed on a case by case basis.
c/o Sandringham School The Ridgeway St Albans Herts AL4 9NX
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