Our stable and well-established Partnership comprises approximately 65 schools. Some are in the City of Bristol itself, and others are within a day’s commute of Bristol (up to one hour travelling) - in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset as well as a small number in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. We work with some schools in South Wales. The Partnership comprises a diverse range of schools and we are therefore able to offer opportunities to experience different contexts across the year including schools with high numbers of BAME and/or EAL pupils. Where appropriate, we are also able to offer experience in a special school.
You will be placed in a minimum of two schools and when making placement decisions we consider where you live as well as doing our best to accommodate personal circumstances. We know our Partnership schools well, however, and our priority is to place you in schools where your needs will be met, where you will be well-supported and where you can thrive. Most student teachers are required to travel for at least one placement, and we offer some assistance with the cost of travel where appropriate.
Our programme comprises three distinct phases. In the Induction Phase (Autumn Term), you complete a short teaching placement. During the Assimilation Phase (Spring Term) you will complete your main placement in a second school. In the Summer Term, you will complete a final, short placement as part of the Extension Phase. Typically, this is in the main placement school, but may involve gaining additional experiences in other schools, such as teaching pupils with EAL, Key Stage 5 teaching or experience in a special school. Whilst most of our Partnership schools teach pupils 11-18, some teach 11-16 or 16-19. Therefore, a priority when selecting placement schools is to ensure that everyone has experience across the age ranges including post-16.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID 19 pandemic, we may make changes to the placement structure of the PGCE. This is to ensure that our student teachers are able to carry out their placements safely.