During their time at the Teach Maidenhead schools, trainees will be allocated a subject mentor whose role is to oversee their day to day development and to work with them on planning, delivery, marking and assessment. The subject mentor also monitors and observes trainees, helping to ensure they develop the qualities necessary to meet the national Teacher Standards. Each school also has its own Teach Maidenhead Professional Coordinating Mentor who oversees the subject mentors, while weekly Professional Studies sessions are led by experts from across the five schools.
Trainees receive on-the-job training in a highly supportive and aspirational environment by expert teachers in the partnership schools. In addition they attend training at the University of Reading. Initial Teacher Training courses at the University of Reading are based on the belief that education is about active and meaningful learning through which teachers become analytical, creative and receptive to new ideas. The University works closely with Teach Maidenhead, planning and delivering training programmes in collaboration: teaching is practice-led as well as research-led.
The programme comprises two main aspects: Professional Studies and Subject Studies:
Professional Studies develops insights into general aspects of education essential for entrants to the teaching profession. It gives consideration to whole-school issues, such as behaviour management, special educational needs and educational theories that contextualise the teaching of your subject. It is taught in small, mixed-subject seminar groups.
Subject Studies enables trainees to study the teaching of their chosen subject. This includes consideration of aspects such as: the nature of the subject in the secondary school; its place in The National Curriculum; what is taught; how it is taught; how it is assessed; providing for young people with different backgrounds and abilities; teaching in accordance with examination specification requirements; and using ICT effectively to facilitate learning.
Trainees will be assessed against the eight Teachers’ Standards, based on the evidence of their teaching, wider contribution to school life and ability to reflect on and evaluate these experiences. Assessment will be carried out in school and moderated by University tutors.
Trainees are required to write three assignments during the year. These are designed to deepen their reflection on their school experience in the light of educational research, and to develop their ability to research their own practice. As well as being assessed in their own right, the assignments will contribute evidence towards the assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.
The five Teach Maidenhead schools (Furze Platt Senior School, Desborough College, Altwood School, Cox Green School and Holyport College) are all located in Maidenhead which is halfway between London and Reading, one mile from the M4 and six miles from the M40. The five main Teach Maidenhead schools are located in the four corners of the town, a few miles away from each other. Maidenhead benefits from excellent rail and road connections which will improve still further when Crossrail opens. Maidenhead is 15 minutes from Reading University by train and 20 minutes from London on a non-stop train.
The training course consists of two placements, one main placement and a second lasting six weeks which takes place half way through the main placement. All five schools are able to offer trainees the opportunity to teach a secondary school age range of 11 to 18.
The course itself is structured broadly as follows (and based on the 2020-21 secondary programme structure):
Enrolment at The University of Reading during the first week of September
An intensive week of subject matter study during the second week of September
Six weeks where the trainee spends two days at the university and three in school
A week focusing on the PGCE and tutorials
A further six weeks spending five days in school
A week shared between the university and an induction at the second placement school
Six weeks at the second placement school (beginning of January to mid- February) – we aim to inform trainees of their second placement location between September and November
A week focusing on the PGCE and tutorials
An intensive week of subject matter study at the end of February at the university
Ten weeks at the main placement school with a break for Easter
Two weeks of enrichment organised by the University of Reading.
Applicants will need:-
A GCSE, or comparable qualification, at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.
Ideally a first or second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution. The equivalence of all overseas qualifications (including degree) must be verified through NARIC.
The ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
Evidence of subject knowledge
Enthusiasm and interest in the particular field of study
The ability to reflect creatively and critically
Evidence of the understanding the importance of establishing respectful, supportive and constructive relationships
High expectations of young people and a commitment to their achievement
Sense of the scope of a teacher’s professional skills and responsibilities
Ability to cope well in highly pressurised and demanding contexts
Commitment to collaboration and co-operative working
Commitment to teaching and the School Direct programme
All successful trainees:
will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.
will be expected to be able to travel to and between the five Teach Maidenhead schools and our accrediting provider The University of Reading.
will need to be available to start the training course on 1st September 2021
will need to provide original evidence of qualifications.
must be able to prove they have the right to study and work in the UK.
will need to complete a medical questionnaire for the university
Salaried trainees are employed and paid as unqualified teachers on a fixed term contact of one year. The training fee is also paid by the main placement school.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Teach Maidenhead was founded in 2013 and provides a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with the University of Reading. Our partnership consists of five secondary schools (rated outstanding or good) and includes a service which supports children in mainstream educational settings with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All teach students from ages 11-18, giving trainee teachers the opportunity to teach the entire secondary age range. Teach Maidenhead schools are conveniently located, meaning trainees can engage with all five schools in the partnership and experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training practices.
Teach Maidenhead works closely with Reading University to plan and deliver training programmes. The support provided to trainees is first rate, with intensive subject-based training from experts at the University of Reading and close mentoring from experienced teachers in each school. Another popular feature of our training programme is the weekly professional studies training sessions which involve all trainees, and are led by experts from across the Teach Maidenhead group.
Students and staff warmly welcome trainee teachers and recognise their valuable contribution to the school community. Successful trainees have access to opportunities to apply for teaching posts at all five schools, each of which provides an exemplary level of support to NQTs in their first year as well as further career development and opportunities.
All trainees gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) as well as 60 credits towards a Masters Degree.
About the accredited body
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. They are ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, they have well-established partnerships with over 300 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.
The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for one interview at the Teach Maidenhead school usually where they will carry out their main placement. A representative from the University of Reading may also attend for part of the process. During this process, applicants will undertake a range of activities to judge their suitability for a career in teaching. These will include:
An introduction to Teach Maidenhead training courses
A tour of the school and opportunity to meet key staff in the school
The opportunity to meet with members of the subject department
If time permits the chance to observe some teaching
At least one written activity which may take the form of a written piece or may involve a practice exam paper of the subject the applicant wishes to train to teach
A group activity or student panel, where appropriate
A formal interview with a member of Teach Maidenhead (Senior Leadership Team member), the subject Head of Department and possibly a representative from Reading University
We aim to feed back to applicants regarding the outcome of their interview within 48 hours of attending. Should applicants be unsuccessful we will endeavour to provide feedback also within that time limit.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Teach Maidenhead seeks the best potential teachers and welcomes applications from disabled candidates. Teach Maidenhead will take all reasonable steps to provide access to disabled trainees and applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application form so that appropriate arrangements can be considered. Potential applicants are welcome to contact the school prior to application in order to discuss their requirements.
In addition, our partner, the University of Reading, has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service which offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD). Further information is available on their website and includes definitions of disability, advice on how to prepare before commencing training and information relating to funding support.
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