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Two Counties Chemistry (Z326)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
June 2022
Website
http://www.willinkschool.org.uk
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Contents

Course summary

You will be supported, taught and guided by an experienced school mentor as well as academics, allowing you to benefit from the breadth of their expertise and understanding of education. There will be plenty of opportunities, throughout your course, for you to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in:

  • observation of other teachers
  • planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups
  • planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons
  • reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
  • receiving feedback on your teaching
  • gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers

At the University of Reading Institute of Education, you will be guided by experienced staff to discover many modes of delivery including active learning opportunities in purpose-built science laboratories where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. You will develop your skills throughout the programme so that you are fully prepared to share your love of learning and knowledge about science with the children you will teach. Sessions may include:

  • participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
  • attending presentations by subject experts
  • working on tasks in groups
  • having individual tutorials
  • visits to schools or other education settings
  • visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
  • writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.

School placements

This will be discussed by the applicant and the school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Chemistry or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Salary

TBC by Denefield School.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership is made up of neighbouring secondary schools in the Berkshire and Hampshire area.

We offer secondary PGCE courses that are all planned and delivered in collaboration with the University of Reading’s Institute of Education. At the very heart of our model of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is the drive to produce outstanding teachers who become critical curriculum thinkers, responsive and reflective practitioners and research informed professionals who can secure the very best outcomes for all children.

The partnership schools are:

  • Little Heath School – Tilehurst, Reading
  • Prospect School - Reading
  • The Wren School - Reading
  • The Hurst Community College - Baughurst, Hampshire
  • Theale Green School - Theale, West Berkshire
  • Denefield School - Tilehurst, Reading
  • The Willink School – Burghfield Common, West Berkshire

The purposes of this Teaching School partnership:

  • To share the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be a good teacher through expert input.
  • To develop resilient, independent and reflective teachers that are over time consistently outstanding.
  • To collaboratively design and deliver a training programme that uses the expertise of experienced and successful teachers.
  • To recruit and develop the next generation of inspirational teachers for the partnership schools.
  • To provide a continued professional development programme for teachers as Early Career Teachers (ECTs).

About the accredited body

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022).

Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Interview process

Interview has already been carried out.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

In partnership with the Institute of Education, we have created an open and inclusive environment, one which promotes a sense of well-being and belonging. A community where we recognise and treat all our trainees as individuals. You will enjoy high levels of personal attention and strong individualised support throughout your studies.

The University of Reading has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service that you can access. The service offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

Accessibility varies between the different training locations: further details can be provided upon request.

Contact this training provider

Email
hjonas@willink.w-berks.sch.uk
Telephone
01189832030
Website
http://www.willinkschool.org.uk
Address
The Willink School
School Lane
Burghfield Common, Reading
Berkshire
RG7 3XJ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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