Your training programme with BTA is rooted in learning how to teach and manage behaviour effectively in your classroom. The BTA programme will give you the tools you need to do the job well so that you can meet the needs of all your students. Our central training will boost your already strong subject knowledge in your chosen area(s) and ensure that you understand children’s developmental stages and how this influences the way children and young people learn. Our training programme is both practical and innovative, making full use of evidence based teaching strategies to help you progress rapidly.
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. 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.
You will be placed at Denefield School in Reading, graded by Ofsted as a Good school with effective safeguarding, and a contrasting partner secondary school for your second placement. Music falls within our Expressive Arts department and there are 3 specialist music rooms one equipped with PC’s; 5 practice rooms and a digital recording studio. You will be invited to join and support after school musical groups.
We will provide you with a bespoke training package through which you will be trained in teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of a diverse body of young people with ages ranging from 11-19. During the course you will have training visits to both our partner primaries and special school.
We will combine the outstanding practice of our teaching experts with extensive current research bases to ensure that you develop the skills and attributes necessary to be a great teacher. Your career teaching children in a secondary school starts now and will be varied, exciting and rewarding. We believe that all of our students deserve a high quality learning experience and we strive to enable the potential of all of our children by always expecting the best.
Through our partner Oxford Brookes University, you will gain QTS to teach in a mainstream secondary school, with the option to gain PGCE as a qualification. For more details regarding course content, please see our website: (www.denefield.org.uk) or visit (www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk).