You will gain Qualified Teacher Status with the option of Post Graduate Certificate of Education. Our Primary training programme enables you to teach either in a mainstream primary school or if you take the SEN additional training, in a special school. Whichever route you decide, you will be based either in our lead special school, lead primary school or one of our partner primary or special schools, where the majority of your training will take place. All our training schools are located around the M4 corridor, close to Reading and Newbury with good rail links.
We begin with a series of induction days so that you can meet your fellow trainees and be introduced to key components of your training. For example, all our trainees have the opportunity to develop their skills in contrasting settings and across different age groups. You’ll be allocated a ‘host teacher’ (mentor) who will have a leading role in coaching and training you on your journey to gaining QTS. Your mentor will be highly experienced and specifically trained to undertake this important role with you.
As a teacher apprentice, most of your training will be ‘real-time’ in classes, supplemented by regular focused time out of class for specific aspects of your learning. The majority of our trainers are excellent teachers in our alliance schools with Maths and English a real specialism.
Our training programme enables you to teach in Key Stages 1 and 2 (5-11 years). Our lead primary school is Theale C of E Primary School, an outstanding 3-11 Church of England school, with an ASD resource base. Theale is a nationally designated ‘Teaching School’ supporting the professional development of trainee teachers and teachers. Some trainees will be placed in partner primary schools, all of which are ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ with a strong background in training teachers. Our schools have an ethos and learning culture resulting in positive happy children, who love to learn, supportive parents and governors. We are confident you will enjoy being part of the team in our schools.
Through our partner Oxford Brookes University, you will gain QTS to teach in a mainstream primary school, with the option of PGCE as a qualification. For more details regarding course content, please see our website: (www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk)