About the course
After an Induction Programme at the university, you will be in school on two block placements to gain a supported understanding of the role of the teacher. Within a school, you will receive expert support from a subject or class mentor who will hold weekly meetings with you to help you to prepare, teach and review lessons and develop your subject knowledge. Each school or college will have a professional mentor who will help you to understand the organisation of the school, pastoral care systems and the legal and social framework of school including supporting services. Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching your subject, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school. The University element of the course is designed to engage Associate Teachers in critical reflection on the nature of education. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.
How school placements work
The school experience is based in local, carefully selected partnership schools.
*You will complete 2 placements, covering the age range 11-18.
*The first placement will run from September to the end of January and the second from February to mid-June.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
To apply for the course you will need:
- A minimum 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate subject
- GCSE in Mathematics and English, Grade C or above
- A good general education
- You must be ICT literate
About the training provider
Biddulph High School offers high quality, school based, Initial Teacher Training. Our track record is impressive; we pride ourselves on our high levels of support, friendliness and on our commitment to helping you to reach your full teaching potential. We work in partnership with schools across Staffordshire and Cheshire and provide opportunities for you to teach across the full age range, including GCSE, BTEC and A-Level provision. We are currently recruiting for our ninth year of trainees. The outcomes for trainees in our cohorts have been excellent. We have a strong reputation for nurturing talent, providing outstanding support and in-house professional learning for all of our staff. We all learn with each other and from each other and our staff are highly motivated, creative and resilient teachers. Trainee teachers are a central part of our community of learners and play a key role in the life of the school from the first day of training.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Biddulph High School is a single site, double storey building with lift access.
Biddulph High School is accessible to all and fully inclusive.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Conway Road, Knypersley, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7AR
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