A career teaching children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is exciting, fascinating, challenging and ultimately rewarding. If you wish to train in the Reading area, you may be placed at Brookfields School or Addington School, which have been judged by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’ schools. We also partner with Manor Green School in Maidenhead and Kennel Lane School in Bracknell, both of which have been judged by Ofsted to be ‘good’.
In order to gain ‘QTS’, it is a statutory requirement to train to teach in a mainstream primary school, therefore you will also benefit from a placement in one of our partner mainstream primary schools as part of our programme.
We will train you how to use teaching and learning strategies, based on current research and outstanding practices, for all types of special needs and disabilities. All our trainers are outstanding practitioners and experts at the forefront of special education nationally. They bring a wealth of specialist knowledge in teaching strategies, behaviour management, curricula, and pedagogy for this group of children.
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.
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.
We believe that every child, regardless of ability or background, can succeed. If you feel this way too, then our programme will be the right one for you.
Salaried and fee paying training places are available. Successful salaried trainees will be paid a training salary in line with the expectations of the Schools Direct programme.
Through our partner Oxford Brookes University, you will gain QTS to teach in a mainstream primary school, with the option to gain PGCE as a qualification. For more details regarding course content, please see our website: (www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk)