About the course
While you’re a Bath Spa teacher, you’ll explore models of teaching and the many ways in which children learn. Emphasis is placed on how parents and carers, families, schools and communities can impact children’s learning and well-being.
When you complete your initial teacher training, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.
We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.
You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands: English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.
You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you’ll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.
This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.
You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching. The PGCE qualification requires you to sit three formal assessments across the year. In addition, you’re required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.
We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a training mentor, who is usually the class teacher.
From your application, potential trainees will be selected for interview and will be informed in writing of their interview date.
During this process you will meet the Teaching School Director, the Lead Practitioner for Primary Teacher Education and our leads for primary education from our Alliance schools.
The interview will include some or all of the following:
A teaching episode – potential trainees are asked to teach a short lesson (20-30 mins) either to other interviewees and the Selection Panel, or to a group of students.
Formal interview – panel interview with members of the Selection Panel and if available a member of the appropriate HEI / ITE provider.
Short written task - you will be asked to complete a short written task, the details of which are given on the interview day.
Student panel – potential trainees will be interviewed by a panel of students.
How school placements work
We will work with you to ensure you are placed in the school that will best support your year of training. We will ask you to express a preference for your placement at the point of interview so that we can make sure this is part of our decision making process.
For an informal chat by phone or in person, please contact: Jen Jacklin, Teaching School Director on 07741 578699, 01935 811066, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trainees have to spend 6 weeks in a second school. The trainee is free to choose where this is as long as it provides a complementary experience from the home school. We are very happy to support you and advise you on the best option for your second placement. The second school placement takes place straight after the spring half term. The trainees then return to their home schools for the summer term.
We work schools in and around South Somerset and North Dorset. Our schools range in size and we will endeavour to ensure you have the option to experience working in both large and small primary settings. You will also have the option to visit alternative and special provision as well.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
GCSE Maths, English and Science (or equivalent) grade 4 (Grade C) or above.
A first degree of a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent.
Passionate about working with young people.
Eligibility to study in the UK.
Proof of adequate knowledge of the phase in which you wish to teach.
About the training provider
Why train with us? It is quite simple: our provision is outstanding. You will train with Ofsted Outstanding Initial Teacher Education providers and schools. Across our partnership you will encounter exceptional learning environments and experienced staff; you will work with awesome young people as you hone your skills and learn to teach.
We are a well-established provider with long-standing relationships. You will be given the opportunity to not just work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but also to study for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). This additional qualification is worth 60 credits towards a Masters degree and is widely recognised across the world as a prestigious addition to being a qualified teacher.
You will have two mentors throughout your training, both based in your home school. You will also have the chance to explore a second school during a six-week placement in a different partnership school. We will also ensure you are part of our on-going professional development programme, designed especially to support our School Direct trainees.
One of our trainees explained that "It was an easy decision to choose NDTSA. Throughout the application process everyone I spoke to was very organised, well informed and honest. I was able to discuss my particular wants and wishes from my training; they have chosen my placement schools based on this, even allowing me to visit the school for a day to make sure both parties were happy. The larger programmes do not offer such a good service."
About the accredited body
Developed in partnership with schools and early years settings, our Primary teacher training programmes will support you to become an innovative and inspiring teacher.
Children and young people deserve great teachers. At Bath Spa, you'll become an outstanding teacher.
“Head teachers are confident that they gain a professional who is of high quality when they employ NQTs from Bath Spa University. Consequently, employment rates are high.”
OFSTED REPORT, RATED OUTSTANDING, SEPTEMBER 2015
Training with disabilities and other needs
The North Dorset Teaching School Alliance welcomes candidates and trainees and does not discriminate on the grounds of physical ability or mental health.
We support trainees with their specific learning needs to achieve their dream of becoming a teacher and will ensure appropriate support throughout the recruitment process and training year.
As an experienced provider of Initial Teacher Training, we are proud to have supported students with a variety of additional needs to become fantastic and successful teachers. We will aim to tailor our support to make sure that the course is both accessible and achievable.
We encourage all candidates/trainees with any disability, or additional needs to discuss this with the North Dorset Teaching School Alliance. We would advise that you contact us on 01935 811066 or email@example.com for a further discussion about the support we can offer.
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:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
North Dorset Teaching School Alliance
c/o SAST, Bristol Road, Sherborne DT9 4EQ
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