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 other partnership schools.
To achieve your PGCE you are required to complete a written assignment each term, these will be set and marked by the University and complement your study towards qualified teacher status, 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 the teaching of Physics and Mathematics and they are very popular subjects at GCSE and A-level.
All our partnership schools include 6th form, so there is the opportunity to work with a whole variety of key stages and ability groups, there are also opportunities for pupils to develop their interest in the subjects beyond their regular lessons.
Your teaching experience will be mainly in Physics lessons and you will also be offered experiences in Maths lessons but the assessment of your teaching will be through your Physics teaching not in Maths teaching.