The Bracknell Forest Partnership teacher training programme gives you the opportunity to experience life in a school whilst working towards your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
The programme is a one-year school based full-time route into teaching that, alongside classroom teaching, includes lesson observation, training within a host and second school; partnership based training days and time spent at the University of Reading.
With Bracknell Forest schools you will have the opportunity to experience teaching all age and ability groups. Our schools have very good facilities and access to technology, including interactive whiteboards,
At your host school you will be assigned a learning mentor, a qualified, experienced teacher who will work alongside you and support your professional development. You will meet with them at regular intervals throughout the year to review your individual training plan and to set professional development targets. Being based in the school you are surrounded by experts and there is always someone to ask for help advice or just to discuss your learning. You can also network with previous years trainees.
One morning a week will be spent on professional studies, where experts from across the partnership schools will offer you an insight into particular topics that will help you as a teacher, either developing your own skills, or enabling you to better understand the needs of your pupils. Training will either take place internally or you will train with all School Direct trainees in one of the partnership schools.
To achieve your PGCE you are required to complete a written assignment set and marked by the University each term, these complement your study towards QTS, allowing you to study and research particular topics in depth. This work is also worth up to 60 credits towards a Masters degree.
Across the partnership we have excellent facilities for Drama and Performing Arts and it is a very popular subject both at GCSE and A-level.
Alongside a comprehensive KS3 curriculum we offer both GCSE Drama and Performing Arts at KS4 and A Level and BTEC Performing Arts and Theatre Studies in our 6th Forms so trainees have the experience of working with all age groups.
Our pupils also have opportunities to develop their interest by taking part in school productions, drama clubs and film making projects with well-resourced Drama Studios, studio rehearsal rooms and professional working theatre spaces delivering an exciting and dynamic experience for our students.