Schools Direct courses are school based ITT routes.
Salaried trainees get inducted into their ‘home’ schools in July and August and begin teaching at BMAT in September.
The training calendar generally starts with placements in the ‘home’ schools. ITTs spend 1 day a week at UEL (education and subject based lectures, teaching and tutorials) and 4 days a week in schools ‘on the job’ training.
Reading / study weeks are built into the calendar during half terms to accommodate trainees working towards the PGCE option. UEL days are typically front loaded in Term 1 to ensure trainees are up to date early in their training.
Second placement opportunities are calendared in Term 2 in blocks to ensure trainees are immersed into school life in their contrasting school placement - they do not attend UEL during this time.
Term 2 ends with a week at UEL - for tutorial opportunities with a focus on PGCE assignments and evidence gathering linked to the Teacher Standards.
In Term 3 trainee timetables increase in their ‘home’ school so UEL days are again reduced. Alternative education placement visits are organised by the Teaching School to ensure trainees have been exposed to a variety of educational settings including visits to Special Schools/ Units, Alternative Provisions and Independent Schools.
Alongside the training at UEL, the BMAT ITT programme runs regularly to ensure trainees are up to date with everyday pedagogy, MAT policies and procedures and subject networks. There is a layered system of support from the classroom to MAT level which ensures our trainees are supported and developed every step of the way.
A successful applicant will train in any of BMAT’s partnership schools, depending on the schools’ recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools. BMAT schools are geographically based from London Stansted Airport to London City Airport - travel distance between each school is no more than 30 miles, the majority of schools are within easy reach of the lead school Burnt Mill Academy.
Al trainees are based in a ‘home’ school and will go on a 2nd placement to an alternative / contrasting school placement for 4-6 weeks during the training programme.
Our BMAT partner schools provide 5 different placement opportunities at EYFS and Key Stage 1/2, 6 opportunities to train in Key Stage 3/4 and 3 school placement options at Key Stage 5.
Primary trainees will teach across Key Stage 1 and 2 (age 5-11) but will also gain experience in EYFS and Key Stage 3.
Secondary trainees will teach across Key Stage 3 and 4 (age 11-16) but will also gain experience in Key Stages 2 and 5.
We also work outside of our Academy Trust network, reaching into schools in West Essex, East London and Hertfordshire for placement opportunities
GCSE Grade C or above (Grade 4) in English and Maths
A Level Grade in English and/or Degree module in English
We are looking for candidates who will commit to our vision and values.
BMAT is committed to the following:
‘No limits’ attitude towards children
We believe that no child should be limited by where they’ve come from; that every child within the BMAT family deserves the chance to move on from where they are now to somewhere better.
Letting our teachers truly teach
We believe in letting our teachers do what they’re best at – teach.
Local schools with local personalities
We are not in the business of making every school in BMAT look like each other.
All offers are subject to satisfactory results from necessary pre-employment checks
Salaried trainees are paid on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale (UQ1)
Most BMAT schools are situated in ‘Fringe’ London areas.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
With Burnt Mill Academy graded as Outstanding by Ofsted, BMAT is a designated teaching school. The Teaching School works with the West Essex Teaching School Alliance
The school has three elements it works on – Initial Teacher Training, Continued Professional Leadership and Development and School to School support – as required by the Department for Education.
Donna Walsh, Director of BMAT Teaching School, says: “Teaching school status gives Outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school to school support”. “Of the 800 teaching schools in the UK, the BMAT Teaching School is the only one in Harlow.” We are excited about the future of teacher training at BMAT!
A successful applicant would train in any of our partnership schools dependent on the school’s recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools. Our schools are located in Essex (Harlow, Epping and Stansted Mountfitchet) and in London (Custom House, Newham)
Our Multi Academy Trust includes 5 Primary and 6 Secondary Schools - including a STEM Academy and 2 Sixth Form provisions providing wide opportunities for trainees to experience educations from EYFS to A Level.
About the accredited body
UEL is one London’s leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors. Capitalising on our east London location, we’ve earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools.
The Cass School of Education and Communities trains approximately 600 teachers every year. You will be joining a large department with a long and impressive track record and benefit from subject specific coaching and mentoring from experienced and expert practitioners.
We encourage prospective candidates to come meet us and tour our schools during the application process.
Please keep up to date about our Teacher Training Open Events on our website bmat-trust.org and on Twitter @BMATTeach
You will be formally invited to interview directly by the Teaching School Team at least 1 week in advance.
The interview process consists of three parts (approximately 1.5hour duration):
Basic Skills Assessment - a short test (20 minutes) to assess Literacy and Numeracy levels
Teaching a Lesson - you will be asked to plan and deliver a 30 minute lesson to a class of learners. You will be guided on the topic, content and class details in advance of the lesson. The lesson will be observed by two members of the Teaching School Team / Senior Leadership.
Formal interview - the interview will be conducted by two members of the Teaching School Team / Senior Leadership Team
You will receive Interview feedback within 2 working days and if successful your recommendation to teacher training will be passed to the University to assess your subject knowledge before starting the enrolment process.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Disability and Dyslexia Service at UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs), including dyslexia.
If you have a disability, long-term medical condition or a specific learning difficulty, we can help to identify and address any barriers to your education so that you can access your course and reach your potential.
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