**THIS OPTION IS ONLY OPEN TO PREVIOUSLY AGREED MEMBERS OF STAFF AT OLYMPUS ACADEMY TRUST**
You will follow a blended course which sees you attending both Cabot Learning Federation and school led training, based at the North Avon Teaching School Alliance (NATSA), and of course, two placements in our schools. We offer the School Direct route to PGCE. Further information can be found at NATSA
At Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) you will attend sessions on how to teach all the National Curriculum subjects at KS1 and KS2. You will be taught how to teach literacy (including phonics) and numeracy to all years. You will learn how to plan lessons and employ the main pedagogical and developmental theories relating to the delivery to primary age pupils. You will learn in a group with other trainees who are following CLF SCITT route or training with other school-based providers allowing you share your own experiences and to learn from their experiences in other schools. These are supportive and practical sessions.
At NATSA you will attend sessions focused on Professional Development, learning all you need to know as a teacher about e.g. safeguarding; behaviour management; how to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs; assessment, marking and giving good quality feedback; lesson planning; working with parents and other professionals; how to manage workload and keep healthy etc. These sessions and lively, interactive and delivered so you also pick up ideas to use in your lessons in school. They are taught by teachers with many years of classroom experience.
You will teach for a minimum of 120 days in two of our schools, although in reality, this is often in excess of 130 days, as we organise our course to maximise your learning in our school settings. You will begin with observing teaching and work your way towards a full 80% teaching load over the year. However, it is not a race! We encourage you to develop at your own speed, focusing on delivering outstanding teaching as you slowly increase your contact time.
We select your teaching placements by considering your strengths, attributes and skills for your first placement. When we have got to know you a little more we then carefully select your second placement to allow you to develop still further.
All our schools are within South Gloucestershire, the furthest being 16 miles from our lead school, Bradley Stoke Community School, however, most are within 15 minutes travelling time. They vary from urban, suburban to rural in nature.
All schools are comprehensive and mixed schools with our primaries covering Early Years to Y6 and all our secondaries are 11-18 and almost all have Post 16 provision. We have 11 secondary schools and 9 primary schools. You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year – often very much more than this as we are deeply committed to a schools-based training programme.
You will be placed in two schools over your training, generally in two separate, consecutive blocks of time.
These are the schools we work with at Secondary– links to their websites and a brief description of each school is available on our website NATSA
Degree (usually at 2:2 or above)
Secondary: GCSE Maths, English at C grade or equivalent
Primary: GCSE Maths, English, Science at C grade or equivalent
Appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy (to be assessed before the course begins)
The English qualification MUST be in English as a first language. If you do not currently have these qualifications, you may still apply to us but must have these in place before you commence the PGCE course.
This will be arranged with your school.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The North Avon Teaching School Alliance brings together two very highly regarded consortia based in the north of the city of Bristol and South Gloucestershire: Castle Consortium and Concorde Partnership. Most of the schools are members of two local Academy Trusts, Castle School Education Trust (CSET) and Olympus Academy Trust (OAT). Further information can be found at NATSA
We work closely with local universities to provide high quality Initial Teacher Training. We offer our own School Direct PGCE courses accredited by Cabot Learning Federation SCITT; the PGCE element is approved by the University of the West of England. Trainees on the School Direct programme will be awarded PGCE and QTS at the end of the training year, with perhaps the possibility of being employed by one of our schools.
We are committed to developing teachers to serve our local communities and our Teaching School reflects our passion for and expertise in developing teachers and support staff in our institutions and beyond; providing excellent Continuing Professional Development in teaching and learning, career development and leadership skills at all stages and levels of teaching and education.
Working together allows us to provide a wide range of placements for PGCE trainees in the North Avon area in both secondary and primary phases; we have schools which are urban, suburban and rural in nature – all are comprehensive. By applying for a place on the School Direct route you will be placed in one of our schools for each of your two teaching placements.
If your academic qualifications are appropriate, your personal statement is convincing (and accurate in terms of grammar) and your references supportive, you will be called to interview. Interviews will take place in one of our schools*.
Typically, an interview day consists of:
working with groups of students
-the opportunity to talk with students/staff
-interview tasks to complete
-an individual interview
-the opportunity to demonstrate subject knowledge
We also include:
-a tour of the school
-a group discussion
You will be interviewed by one of our ITT co-ordinators and either the Headteacher or Head of Department from the school you are interviewed at. If you need to prepare any materials you will be informed of this beforehand, however, we make no apologies for asking you to sometimes ‘think on your feet’; this is an essential skill you will need for teaching! You will be told if you are going to be offered a place as soon as we have decided – often by the following day.
It is a rigorous process, but we want to choose the best candidates to train at the North Avon Teaching School Alliance. We want prospective teachers who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject, committed to a career in teaching and ready to face the challenges of the training year.
During these unprecedented times – we may face further restrictions on entry into schools or further lockdowns. If this is the case, we will continue to recruit, but will run interviews remotely.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from anyone interested in training to teach.
If you have additional needs, we will support you in your training. We working closely with CLF SCITT to facilitate you in accessing training and to provide additional support for, e.g. written assignments.
All of our schools are fully accessible and we pride ourselves on our inclusivity for both our pupils and staff.
Over the years we have trained teachers with a range of additional needs from medical needs, to ASD through to high level dyslexia. We are also keen to support trainees with mental health needs, again, through accessing CLF SCITT support or by being involved in our active staff wellbeing programmes in our schools.
Most students find themselves needing a bit of help at times as they juggle different priorities and demands. Common concerns include balancing study, work and social life, personal issues, friends and relationship difficulties, health or loneliness.