The School Direct Primary training course operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme. All PGCE tuition fee trainees will be in school for the equivalent of four days per week increasing to five days per week in the final term. This course is offered through the Lead Schools of St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Bedford and Robert Bloomfield Academy Shefford.
During the training year, applicants will be allocated a trained mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week complementary placement. SEND Trainees will require an additional mainstream placement and attend extra SEND courses
Applicants will also be required to attend the twice weekly taught course sessions which underpin the practical, school based element of the training. These are the Professional Studies course which aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via the successful of completion of assignments & Reflective Journals. Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which will be delivered by specialists in the relevant Primary age group and will address subject knowledge and appropriate pedagogical approaches and which will cover the curriculum requirements for the Core and Foundation subjects.
As part of the training programme, all applicants will have two school placements which will enable them to teach across two consecutive age ranges focusing on KS1 & 2.These will take the form of a main school placement in a Lower, Primary or Middle school and a shorter complementary placement. Additional mainstream placement for SEND Trainees.
During the training year, applicants will be allocated a dedicated mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week second placement.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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.
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. We would encourage applicants to familarise themselves with the Teacher Standards and the Primary National Curriculum - as well as the current issues effecting education and schools.
Additionally, we are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills and who can demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in working with young people.
In line with current safeguarding practice, we (or the employing school) will carry out a number of pre-employment checks, including taking up references and a DBS Clearance check for all trainees prior to the start of the course.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is a successful and long established school based teacher training provider offering both Secondary and Primary PGCE, Tuition Fee and Salaried courses across the local area.
We believe in providing high quality training provision with a focus on supporting the individual - offering small teaching groups - and extensive pastoral support.
Now working in Partnership with The Chiltern Training Group - an Outstanding local SCITT - as well as a network of Partnership schools across Bedfordshire and Luton - we are proud to serve our local schools where the vast majority of our trainees go on to be employed.
About the accredited body
The Chiltern Training Group is an OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ SCITT Provider and is part of the wider Chiltern Learning Trust, which currently educates over 8 thousand children across Bedfordshire and incorporates two new Teaching Hubs.
Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the Programme Manager. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of a written task, a practical classroom focussed exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date.
Where the application is for a Schools Direct Salaried training place - applicants may be required to attend a second interview with their placement school
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is committed to diversity, inclusion and well-being and aims to create a culture where everyone feels valued. We therefore welcome applications from all those who meet the entry requirements for teacher training and will always endeavour to offer the very best level of support. All individual needs will be assessed in conjunction with Occupational Health.
For trainees with a disability or additional needs it may be possible to apply for financial support from the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) - please see the link below for further information:
Pix Brook Academy Arlesey Road Stotfold Herts SG5 4HB
Support and advice
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