QTS and PGCE with 60 Masters credits
The course structure is predominately school based with central and subject training held either at the Teacher Education Centre (TEC) in Royal Wootton Bassett or within one of our partnership schools. Trainees are allocated a ‘host school’ but will also spend time in a second ‘complementary’ school.
Each trainee will be directly supervised by a school-based Mentor, who will organise school timetables, observe lessons, set targets etc and provide feedback to the trainee in regular weekly progress meetings.
Additionally, each school has a Professional Tutor who maintains overall responsibility for all trainees in that school. They will support the trainee and organise additional training opportunities whilst on placement.
Each trainee will also be assigned an NWSCITT Subject Lead Tutor, who will provide them with subject specific training, advice and guidance.
The programme starts at the beginning of the school year. After their initial induction period, trainees will observe classes and work alongside the class teacher. Over time, this will progress to team-teaching and small group teaching. Eventually, trainees will take on responsibility for entire classes, lesson planning and sequences of lessons.
Trainees can expect to begin by following a 40% teaching timetable, which will gradually increase to 70%-80% by the end of the year. By this point trainees should have developed high level teaching skills.
To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) trainees must compile evidence to demonstrate that they have met all of the National Standards for Teachers by the end of the programme.
The Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is accredited by Bath Spa University and successful completion will also result in a PGCE with 60 credits towards a Master’s Degree. Trainees will be required to complete three assignments. Tutorials will be undertaken at either our training centre in Royal Wootton Bassett, one of our partnership schools or virtually. There are no expectations for trainees to travel to Bath Spa University, although they are welcome to use their facilities should they wish to do so and will be registered as a student of the University.
In the event of Covid-19 restrictions impacting on schools, we will monitor, re-evaluate and amend the training and delivery of the programme where necessary in response to guidance from the Government, Public Health England, DfE and NASBTT in order to protect pupils, staff and trainees, whilst continuing to offer a high quality programme