Trainees will have a 10 month placement at one of our partner schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second Gloucestershire school. Trainees are able to access both Primary Mainstream and SEN placements according to preference.
In addition to classroom practice, Trainees will attend a series of tailored training sessions, in order to develop teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practice. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who will support trainees in achieving high quality professional practice. Our training programme is reviewed annually and developed to ensure that Trainees are fully equipped to embark on their future career. Our 2021-22 programme includes the following modules:
Speech, Language and Communication Development
English: Synthetic Phonics
English: The Curriculum
English: Teaching Reading
Art & Design
Design & Technology
PSHE & RSE
Modern Foreign Languages
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
EHCPs, MyPlan and MyPlan+
Supporting Positive Behaviour
Introduction to Autism
Zones of Regulation
In addition to visiting partner schools and attending programme modules, Trainees will attend sessions run by The University of Gloucestershire. Trainees are assigned a mentor at their placement school and are also supported by the ITT Training Manager throughout the programme.
Assessment is achieved through production of a professional portfolio, which will be used to build evidence of how the standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) are being met. Evidence will include observations of Trainee teaching and written assignments, which should demonstrate a clear understanding of professional practice, phase and subject area. The expectation of time spent leading a class will increase in each successive term of the programme as Trainees develop in their skills and confidence, leading up to 80%.
Trainees will be offered placements in one of our placement schools as part of their training programme. Recent placement schools are:
The Milestone School
Coney Hill Community Primary School
Abbeymead Primary School
Innsworth Junior School
Innsworth Infant School
Finlay Community School
Battledown Centre for Children and Families
Parton Manor Junior School
Parton Manor Infant School
Glebe Infants’ School
Picklenash Junior School
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School
Elmbridge Primary School
Cooper’s Edge Primary School
Kingsholm Church of England Primary School
Clearwater Church of England Primary Academy
Placements schools are reviewed annually, and where possible selected in conjunction with the Trainee. Trainees are expected to spend most of their time in their placement school, with the exception of attending Training Programme days and visits to other schools. During the programme Trainees need to undertake assessed placements in both Reception and KS1 - to ensure a range of experience these placements must take place in different schools.
An undergraduate degree, 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.
have a positive, solutions-based approach
demonstrate commitment to your own professional development and to achieving high standards in teaching and learning
be committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all pupils
SAND Training & Outreach is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.
Your application should include examples of experience you have of working with young people – for example as a classroom assistant, youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school.
If you have not had previous experience of working with young people, you should be able to demonstrate how skills you have developed in other contexts would transfer to teaching and have a positive impact on pupil outcomes.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Please refer to The University of Gloucestershire for fees.
About the training provider
As a former Teaching School Alliance with 6 years of delivery of School Direct ITT Programmes, SAND Training & Outreach is experienced and uniquely placed to offer a wide range of specialist support, advice and courses, with a strong emphasis on all aspects of Primary and Special Educational Needs expertise.
We are committed to developing child-centred teachers who create the best possible outcomes for all pupils regardless of ability, need or circumstance.
We provide a structured training programme delivered by knowledgeable and experienced tutors. In additional to formal training modules we offer the opportunity to visit a wide variety of mainstream primary and SEN settings to carry out Learning Walks and observations. You will also be able to access both Primary Mainstream and SEN placements.
Throughout you will be supported by experienced mentors who will help you develop your professional practice, ensuring that you are fully equipped to embark on your future career.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
As part of this interview you will:
deliver a presentation on a topic which you will be notified of and have opportunity to prepare for in advance
have a formal interview with a panel of interviewers
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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