Geography with TeachSlough Accredited provider: The University of Reading

Course offered
QTS full time
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
https://www.teachslough.org.uk/

About the course

Course Structure

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Most of the training will be delivered by expert teachers in the partnership schools. This will be enhanced through attendance to Reading University at least once a week. As a post-graduate student, you will have full access to the University of Reading, a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teacher training. At the start of the course, you will have two weeks in your placement school and then a week of intensive preparation at the university and will undertake regular training sessions at the university throughout the course.

Guidance and Support

A strong support network is in place: you will be assigned a mentor from your department, a university tutor, and your training will also be monitored by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As a trainee in your allocated placement school, you will be included in all staff meetings and development days. You will be in school from the first day of term so will feel part of the team from day one.

Our mentors are exemplary teachers as well as supportive, nurturing and well trained mentors who undertake a rigorous training programme to enhance these mentoring skills. This includes coaching, and effective classroom observation and feedback. Your in-school training will be enhanced through regular mentor meetings and observations: trainees are taught to put together an exceptional portfolio of evidence, which is checked in the final assessment in the summer term. Progress is documented through termly mentor reports, on which trainees reflect, set targets and grow with the support of their mentors and university tutors.

Partnership Schools

The lead school is Upton Court Grammar School and the accrediting provider is the University of Reading. TeachSlough recruits on behalf of all Slough schools - for a full list of our partnership schools, please visit our website.

Interview process

How We Select Our Trainees:

Upton Court Grammar School is the lead school in the Partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. This will involve a full day spent at the school and will include a variety of pre-assessment tasks as well as a formal interview with members of the TeachSlough team.

It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

Entry Requirements:

You will need at least a grade C in your GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.

Minimum degree required: 2:2 or equivalent. Degrees should be in a related subject.

Overseas applicants will need a NARIC certificate of comparability to prove their qualifications match the GCSE and degree requirements.

All trainees will need to complete a Numeracy and Literacy skills’ test before they are able to enrol onto the course.

How school placements work

If successful at interview, a condition of offer will be to secure a main placement school to support your training. Applicants who are already linked to one of our partnership schools should indicate their supporting school in their teacher training applications. As this is the final stage of recruitment, successful applicants who are not linked to a partnership school should be proactive in finding a main placement school.

You will train in your main placement school in the autumn and summer terms. In spring term 1, you will train in your second placement school, which TeachSlough will organise for you in one of our contrasting, complimentary partnership schools.* The six-week second placement allows you to gain a wealth of experience and an understanding of a variety of practices to add to your credentials.

*For a full list of our partnership schools, please visit our website.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,710
EU students £7,710

Tuition fees for QTS are £7710.

Tuition fees for PGCE are £9250.

PGCE is optional and not a prerequisite for training; both QTS and PGCE lead to a teacher training qualification. PGCE trainees attend extra sessions at the University of Reading during school holidays for the accreditation. For more information on the PGCE course, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/education/pgce-qts/ioe-pgce-qts.aspx

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

You will need at least a grade C in your GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.

Minimum degree required: 2:2 or equivalent. You will need a degree in Geography (or related subject).

Overseas applicants will need a NARIC certificate of comparability to prove their qualifications match the GCSE and degree requirements.

All trainees will need to complete a Numeracy and Literacy skills’ test before they are able to enrol onto the course.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about education and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities. This will be demonstrated through meaningful experiences of working with young people in the secondary phase, which should be discussed in your application and, for shortlisted candidates, at interview. This does not need to be paid work but might be helping with a sport's team, drama group or youth club. We would like you to have undertaken some observation in a classroom (or you may have worked in a school) prior to interview.

About the training provider

Slough is a multi-cultural, vibrant and diverse community. Our students are passionate, exuberant, witty and sharp, offering our teachers some of the most inspiring, captivating and exciting schools in the country.

Our partnership of schools is led by Upton Court Grammar School and comprises of a mixture of Grammar schools and Comprehensive schools, Academies and State schools, Primary, Infant, Junior and Secondary schools. We encourage a supportive community for our trainees and offer diverse and contrasting teaching and training experiences through school-to-school collaboration. Our school-based, highly supportive training programme, nurtures our trainees to flourish and excel within the teaching profession. Since 2013, we have successfully trained 104 trainees. To date*, we have achieved a 100% pass rate with 72% of our trainees passing with a grade 1 ('outstanding').

Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. Following the training year, Slough's excellent practitioners continue to offer outstanding professional development opportunities, guiding their colleagues through a variety of leadership pathways. Our dedication to professional development makes Slough an attractive place to work with 75% choosing to stay in our partnership in their NQT year.**

Working in partnership with the University of Reading, TeachSlough is committed to recruiting innovative and inspiring trainee teachers in both the primary and secondary sector to enthuse our next generation. If you are looking for an exciting new challenge working alongside like-minded passionate, pioneering educational practitioners, TeachSlough: Awake. Create. Educate.

*June 2017.

**in June 2017.

About the accredited provider

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. They are ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.

Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, they have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the "effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region's schools.'' ITE inspection report, September 2016.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We use individual training plans to offer bespoke support for all of our trainees and to create a provision in which all of our trainees can succeed.

Our recruitment is a rigorous and thought-provoking process which includes a number of pre-assessment tasks. We make reasonable adjustments to facilitate all interviewees (for example, extra time).

All of our schools are accessible sites.

Contact details

Email
schooldirect@uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk
Telephone
01753 546376
Website
https://www.teachslough.org.uk/
Address
TeachSlough
Lascelles Road
Upton
Berkshire
SL3 7PR

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 17T
  • Training programme code: 2MTJ

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Upton Court Grammar School, Lascelles Road, Upton, Berkshire SL3 7PR

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