You will be based at the main school all year, with a placement of 6 weeks straight after Christmas.
The school will organise a timetable that gives you access to KS3-5 classes - your commitment to teaching will increase as you progress through the course. You will be assigned a mentor within your department who will work closely with you on a day-to-day basis, meeting formally with you once a week.
Alongside your lessons you will complete three assignments for the University of Winchester (for the additional PGCE part of the qualification). These are focused around behaviour management, curriculum and inclusion and diversity. You will spend 6 days throughout the year at Winchester for subject knowledge sessions with a specialist teacher, alongside fellow trainees from your own subject across the area. In addition to this you will have weekly professional learning sessions at school focusing on educational pedagogy that will support you both in the classroom and in completing your assignments. We generally keep Fridays free from lessons for training and assignment purposes.
The second placement school takes place in the first half of the spring term - we will work with you individually according to preferences. Winchester will allocate you a University mentor who will visit approximately once per half term to review progress - this will include a lesson observation and a look through your teaching files.
Your main school is called your ‘formative placement’. You will spend the majority of the year at your main school.
In January you will spend 6 weeks in another school - it is likely to include years 7 and 8 because Thomas Hardye is an Upper School and so KS3 experience is limited.
We will discuss your placement early on, and we are very happy to consider your own personal requests. We fully appreciate that many trainees are keen to attend schools close to home to minimise travel commitments. We have strong relationships with many local upper, secondary and middle schools.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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.
You will be enthusiastic and passionate about your subject, and be able to convey this to others through a strong work ethic and the ability to form positive working relationships with others. You will be able to articulate clearly how your skills and qualities equip you for this role, and why you would like to train with us.
We would like you to have completed a minimum of 10 days work experience in schools (any phase) prior to starting your ITT programme - this does not have to be completed prior to applying.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Wessex Teach ITT partnership is designed and led by outstanding school practitioners, giving our trainee teachers practical training, support and advice, combined with classroom experience in a range of schools.
As a training provider we are committed to the following:
Ensuring a comprehensive network of support for trainees – we recognise the challenges that our trainees face and we place great emphasis on support provided both within and outside of the classroom.
Offering high quality training and development sessions – our weekly training sessions are delivered by expert practitioners across a wide range of topics. We also run regular reflective sessions whereby trainees can share their experiences in a coaching environment.
Ensuring a rich experience for trainees across the age range with partner schools – we work closely with a large number of local schools across all phases in both mainstream and special schools.
Developing a culture of reflection and continuous development for sustained learning beyond the first year – our trainees benefit hugely from the wide range of CPD opportunities available to all staff, and they are very well prepared for their ECT induction.
Well done - you have been invited for interview!!
The interview panel will include the subject leader/Head of Curriculum Area, ITEC and a representative from the University of Winchester ITE Partnership. The day will include:
A tour of the school
A short written task (30 minutes)
Delivery of a lesson ‘episode’ (you will be given information prior to the day)
Observations in the classroom
A more formal interview
When invited to interview you will be asked to bring along some paperwork, including proof of address, proof of eligibility to work in the UK and examination certificates.
You’ll need the right to study 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 are able to provide extensive individual support to candidates with disabilities and other needs. As a relatively small training provider we pride ourselves on the quality of our provision which really is geared towards individual needs. Examples of support on offer include:
Specialist software to assist trainees with specific learning difficulties/conditions
Fully accessible school sites for those with physical disabilities
Access to a range of counselling services to support trainees with mental health conditions
One-to-one support outside of subject areas to support trainees experiencing emotional/social difficulties
Thomas Hardye School Queen's Avenue Dorchester DT1 2ET
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).