About the course
Students spend 4 days a week in a host school placement and one day per week training either at Winchester University or with a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in one of our host schools. To make sure you are a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme, informed by research and constantly reviewed, to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in education. Our aim is to provide you with a training experience that immerses you in the theory and practice of teaching.
An advantage of training days hosted in different Partnership Schools is the opportunity to partake in focussed learning walks/tours. This is reviewed favourably by students and adds to experience of different settings.
Teaching time increases gradually throughout the year with protected time in school allocated for planning, reflecting, observing and University assignments. There are four assignments over the year that are closely linked with school placements – combining theory and practice. Plenty of support is available for writing the assignments. There are also two assessed school placements.
The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 4-11 for Primary and is structured around modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in host schools. You will undertake studies in all elements of education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.
There is a close relationship between school based provision and Winchester University. Students are allocated a school based mentor (usually their host class teacher) and a University mentor. All mentors are quality assured and attend regular mentor training. There is also a large trainee support network.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There is the option of 60 Masters Credits if assignments are passed at Level 7.
If you would like to find out more then please contact us to arrange to attend an information morning or evening and to have the opportunity to talk with current and past students. We can also arrange flexible school experience for you.
Prior to interview, we will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into teaching. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
If you already meet, or are expected to meet, our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview day consists of a written task, group presentation and individual interview with a Head Teacher from Halterworth Teaching School Partnership and a tutor from Winchester University. Further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance. The interview is your chance to find out more about the course and get a feel for us as a Partnership.
We have large group of students from many different walks of life and there is a good balance between students coming straight from degrees and those changing careers. We truly value the experience that you, as an individual, can bring to teaching and also want to hear about this at interview.
We encourage people to come and visit prior to interview and provide regular opportunities for this. Please visit our website for more information www.halterworthtsp.co.uk
How school placements work
Applicants apply to Halterworth Teaching School Partnership and are able to state a preference school within the Partnership. Not all schools offer salaried places. To increase chances of selection, many applicants specify that they would work in any school. Before a placement is secured, applicants always go and meet with the Head teacher or a senior leader and spend some time in the school to check that the placement will work for both parties.
Headteachers from schools offering salaried places are usually present at interview.
We endeavour to take personal preference into account when placing students as much as we can and always consider individual range of experience and geographical location as part of this process.
As a salaried student you will be paid as a non qualified teacher £16626.
You do not pay tuition fees.
Salaried students do have increased expectation upon them and we have an entry criteria for this route that you are experienced in a classroom environment and have had experience of teaching full classes of children. More information is available on our website or at our information mornings/ evenings.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
You will need a degree at a 2:2 or above and to have a grade c or equivalent in GCSE Maths, English and a Science.
Criminal Records check (completed post interview)
Photo ID with address (Passport or driving licence)
Two other forms of ID with current address on
Original copies of certificates of qualifications (GCSEs or equivalent and degree)
About the training provider
Halterworth Teaching School Partnership Halterworth Teaching School Partnership is a well-established and popular provider of School Direct Initial Teacher Training in the South including the Isle of Wight. We offer school centred Primary and Secondary routes into teaching in conjunction with The University of Winchester. Our bespoke training recognises that people come from many different backgrounds and is tailored to suit individual needs.
The University of Winchester is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both Primary and Secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Training with us means that you will have full access to the provision of Winchester University, including Library and Student Services.
As an Ofsted Outstanding School, we have an excellent track record of developing and supporting trainee teachers who are well-prepared for the profession and have an exceptionally high employment rate; all of our trainees gaining Qualified Teacher Status in 2018 quickly secured jobs as Newly Qualified Teachers. Within our Partnership of 22 schools, we can offer you the chance to work alongside outstanding, innovative and experienced teachers who are passionate about raising standards in teaching and transforming lives. From the outset you are fully immersed in the life of the school and are part of the team.
As part of our longer term commitment to the teachers we train, we also run popular NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) and RQT (Recently Qualified Teacher) training programmes to provide ongoing support with your career.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.
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