The duration of the course is one academic year. You will join your placement school at the start of term so you can observe, first hand, experienced teachers as they go through the process of building rapport and routines with new classes.
The first few weeks of your placement will be focused on induction and you will:
Be assigned a mentor from within your department.
Observe experienced teachers as they build relationships with new tutor groups and teaching classes.
Be attached to a tutor group.
Carry out a ‘pupil pursuit’ whereby you will follow the timetable of one student for one day.
Attend professional development sessions both within the partnership and at UWE that will introduce such topics as ‘behaviour management’ and ‘lesson planning’.
Be given reading time to help you to understand school policy and subject specific schemes of work.
As you begin to settle into school life, you will begin to follow your own timetable. In your first two terms, you will be looking to build up to around ten hours of teaching a week. As your confidence grows this will increase to fifteen hours of teaching. At the STTP we have the flexibility to tailor our training to suit your individual needs, you can be reassured that classes will be allocated to you at a pace that you feel comfortable with.
You will have two placements within the partnership which will add breadth to your experience and allow you to see how different schools operate.
You will complete two placements within the 5 schools that make up the partnership. The most likely pattern is that placement one will run from the start of term in September to the February half term. Your second placement will then run to the end of the course. If we feel for any reason that a trainee would benefit from a different pattern of placements then we would have the flexibility to consider that.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Abbey Park School
Redhouse Way, Swindon, SN252ND
The Mall, Old Town, Swindon, SN14JE
Highworth Warneford School
Shrivenham Road, Swindon, SN67BZ
Lydiard Park Academy
Grange Park Way, Swindon, SN5 6HN
St Joseph s Catholic College
Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN33LR
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
A degree with at least 50% of content related to your teaching specialism. In order to access any bursaries, the degree needs to be 2:2 or above.
Strong candidates that show at interview that they have outstanding qualities may be considered with less than 50% related content and offered to attend a subject knowledge enhancement course.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
If your qualifications are from overseas, you will need to demonstrate their equivalence or you may need to sit equivalency tests. Visit Naric or equivalency testing for more information.
The most effective teachers are reflective. They consistently and critically review their practice to identify areas of strength and to develop strategies that will help to deliver greater pupil progress. The ability to self-reflect and to put into practice feedback from your mentor will be essential. You will also need to show resilience, positivity and strong organisational and time management skills throughout this challenging and rewarding training year.
It will be beneficial to you if you can discuss at interview some recent experience that you have of being in a school. If you would like some help in organising this, please contact the partnership and we can arrange for you to spend some time in schools across the partnership at a time which is convenient for you.
Offers of a place on the STTP are conditional on a satisfactory DBS criminal records check.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Please note that fees are subject to final confirmation from The University of the West of England. You may be eligible for help with your tuition costsTeacher training funding
About the training provider
The Swindon Teacher Training Partnership (STTP) comprises five schools and offers an exciting opportunity to train as a secondary school teacher with a ‘hands on’ approach.
You will gain experience of the classroom environment from day one as you observe experienced practitioners and, under their mentorship, begin to develop your own teaching practice as you take on responsibility for planning and delivering lessons at a pace that suits you.
As part of a cohort of trainees, you will receive training in the fundamental aspects of teaching: how to manage behaviour for effective learning; how to plan lessons that maximise progress for pupils; how to effectively check for pupil understanding and provide intervention when necessary etc.
This in-school, practical experience, is underpinned by the academic expertise of the University of the West of England (UWE) who will deliver aspects of the core teacher training programme and guide you through the academic assignments that will lead to the PGCE qualification.
Within the partnership we can offer you experience of Sixth Form teaching and the opportunity to work with pupils that have additional needs. If you would like more information or to contact us directly, visit STTP.org.uk.
Applications close 30th June.
About the accredited body
UWE Bristol is in the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction and has been awarded the highest possible rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework 2018.
The Guardian ranked UWE as 2nd in the UK for education in their 2020 university league table. UWE students are extremely positive about their experience and the faculty remain committed to providing a teacher training experience which enables trainees to graduate as skilled and thoughtful practitioners.
Interviews will be carried out via Microsoft TEAMS throughout the year as long as places remain available.
Successful applicants will be asked in advance to prepare a five minute presentation outlining their motivation for secondary teaching and to plan a lesson to meet specific learning objectives. The interview will begin with the presentation and the applicant will have the opportunity to talk through the process of planning the lesson.
The interview will be with the STTP lead and a representative from the subject.
The interview is a good opportunity for you to reflect on any recent classroom experience that you have had. This may be part of an employed role that you have had or observations that you have carried out as part of your research into a teaching career. Please contact us if you would like to visit a school before submitting your application,
Any offers made by the STTP are conditional on:
A DBS check and satisfactory checks to cover any time spent overseas.
Provision of original documentary evidence of degree and GCSE qualifications.
In some cases, it may be necessary for you to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE) before your training begins, this can be discussed at interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Grange Park Way Grange Park Swindon Wiltshire SN5 6HN
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