At Woodside,we follow the Essex ITT training programme,but tailor the training to each individuals needs.
A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and have the option to buy-in to a PGCE Programme with Anglia Ruskin University. The cost of this is £1300 and payable in 2 instalments. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training is a blend of face to face and online and occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training specifically aimed at preparing you to teach maths in primary.
In school you will work closely with a subject / phase specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by Anglia Ruskin University and comprises 2 assignments and related tasks, which are spread across the course of the year.
Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.
Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers’ Standards. You will be required to teach a greater amount of maths but you will be assessed as any other Primary trainee, across all aspects of the curriculum.
Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year. Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day.
The programme covers the primary age range 5-11 and you will be teaching both KS1 and KS2.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We advise applicants to use one of the two equivalency testing providers listed below.
We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.
Satisfactory recruitment checks including enhanced DBS, children’s barred list, prohibition order check and reference check.
For primary with maths you will need to demonstrate a good understanding of maths either through qualifications or professional experience. Qualifications could include an A level in maths or a degree in maths or a degree in a subject with a strong mathematical element (e.g. Psychology, Business Studies, Statistics, Engineering).
You will be paid at point one of the unqualified teachers pay scale.
There are no fees payable for this programme unless you wish to enrol on the PGCE with Anglia Ruskin University (£1300).
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Woodside Academy is the lead training school in partnership with Essex Teacher Training, Robert Drake in Benfleet, East Tilbury and Grays Convent schools as well as other schools in Thurrock and Essex. Graduates can train at Woodside or in one of our partner schools to gain a qualified teacher status. We have three trainee teachers working at Woodside this year and other trainees in our partner schools. Trainees are all graduates and start with a small teaching commitment, building this through the year. They will also work for half a term with a different age group in another school in the partnership. Being a training school helps us to recruit good quality staff who can already teach according to the school’s expectations and quickly develop their commitment to the school. A number of trainees have been given permanent teaching posts at Woodside. We offer non salaried places, although would consider a salaried place for certain degrees.
About the accredited body
Woodside Academy is no longer working in partnership with Essex Teacher Training. For courses starting in September 2022 they will be working with a new accredited body. The name of the new ITT provider will be confirmed in due course.
You will be invited to an initial interview with our accredited provider, which will include a short presentation about why you wish to teach, a written task and formal interview with a small panel of representatives from Essex Teacher Training. If successful at Phase I, you will be invited to an interview in one of our partner schools. This interview could include: an activity with pupils eg teaching part of a lesson, or taking a group activity; a pupil panel interview and a formal interview with a small panel of representatives from the school and wider School Direct partnership. If successful at Phase II, you will be given a conditional offer of a place to train.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Here at Woodside Academy we are committed to offering all prospective trainees the opportunity to gain QTS. Please let us know if you have a specific need and/or require any adjustments at the interview stage or throughout the ITT programme.
Grangewood Avenue Little Thurrock Grays Essex RM16 2GJ
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