About the course
Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching. Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory sessions and pedagogy either delivered in block sessions at the University of Chichester or at our alliance. Typically you will be based in school four days a week and attend training on day five.
We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so we host our interviews in school. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and feel part of their community before you officially start in September.
To ensure you have the best start in school we deliver 3 days pre-course training on 9, 10 July and 3 September 2019. These training days are delivered in our dedicated training centre where you will meet fellow trainees, gain an understanding of the programme and receive the underpinning training that best prepares you for your first few days in school e.g. behaviour management, lesson observations, Teacher's Standards etc. Our trainees say they really value these sessions.
Every trainee is allocated a mentor who is a highly-experienced teacher and will offer personalised support and guidance throughout the year. Weekly mentor meetings will focus on setting short and long-term targets as well as reviewing your progress against the Teachers' Standards. You will feel like a valued member of staff as you will attend staff meetings and school training sessions. Assessment takes place in a variety of forms e.g. weekly formal lesson observations, weekly review meetings, academic assignments and gathering evidence towards the Teachers Standards.
You will be assigned a host school for the autumn and summer term and in the spring term you will spend a minimum 6 weeks in another school to teach in another Key Stage. All school placements are discussed with you and organised by the Teaching School Alliance.
On successful completion you will achieve a PGCE with the option of 60 Masters Credits) and QTS. We are so proud that we have a strong track record and 100% of our School Direct trainees pass and subsequently find employment in schools.
If you want to be part of our success, then join us on your journey to teaching.
Your application is important to us and we will carefully consider you for interview. We host our interviews in school involving key staff throughout the process. This means that the school can select trainees who are ‘best fit’ for them.
Interview day schedule includes:
Short teaching session
You will be given at least one week's notice to prepare for your interview. We appreciate that you will feel a little nervous and we take that into account. We look for your potential to teach and how you engage with and interact with pupils. Feedback from applicants shows that they really value our interview days.
Once accepted you will be invited to our pre- course training days on 9, 10 July and 3 September 2019.
We are looking for potential, not the finished article.
Confident, articulate and who can communicate clearly in written and spoken English.
Command the attention of young people and adults.
Can demonstrate a passion for working with young people.
Understand the importance of being professional and committed.
Be open to learning and adaptable to changing situations.
Work collaboratively as a member of a team.
A willingness to work beyond the 'school day'.
Have a good sense of humour and an ability to laugh at oneself.
Be resilient and in good health.
Be confident in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Have gained some school experience so you know that a school environment is for you.
How school placements work
As we interview in school you will know your placement school early on. The advantage is that you will feel part of their community and can visit school before you start to meet your mentor and pupils.
We work with over 40 primary and secondary schools in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. When shortlisting for interview we select you based on your geographical area, skills and experience. The interview stage is an opportunity to select applicants who show great potential to teach.
You will spend the autumn and summer term in your host school and then in the spring term you will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in a different Key Stage or setting.
Our School Direct route has the advantage of 38 weeks in school so you experience the full academic year cycle which prepares you for your Newly Qualified Teacher training year (NQT). Generally you will spend four days in school and one day in training (with some block training days at the university).
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
There are two types of funding available for teacher training and depending on your circumstances you may receive all : tuition fee loan and maintenance loan and additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability.
You should be a graduate with at least a 2:2 degree.
A grade C or grade 4 or above in English and maths.
We do accept equivalency tests if you do not have some of the above GCSEs. The cost for these are covered by yourself.
We look for applicants who show a particular passion and aptitude for teaching or bring relevant additional experience.
You will need to Pass the Professional skills tests in English and maths before starting the course (not before interview).
We run some support sessions to help you prepare for these tests.
We are looking for confident, enthusiastic, ambitious and talented graduates who are passionate about improving educational outcomes for children of all abilities. You should have some experience working with young people within the age group you wish to teach. This may be as little as a few days school experience or other work or voluntary work with young people. If you are a career changer then we know you will have many transferrable skills to share in the classroom. Most importantly you need to be a good communicator and someone who enjoys encouraging young people to learn.
You need to be a competent user of ICT and you will need to pass the Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.
Disclosure and Barring Service
We have a duty to protect children and ensure that they are not put at risk. Successful completion of an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the DBS.
This is free once you have enrolled.
Teaching is physically and mentally demanding and there are fitness requirements set by the DfE for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. Successful candidates will be sent a relevant health questionnaire to complete. Your GP may charge a fee.
About the training provider
Our lead school has achieved ‘Outstanding’ status in its last three Ofsted visits demonstrating our high quality School Direct initial teacher training. We consistently achieve a 100% pass rate and all trainees successfully gain employment in schools.
The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) mission is 'By schools, for schools, for Portsmouth'. We achieve this mission by recruiting and retaining the best graduates who will have the opportunity to inspire the next generation and help them realise their ambitions. http://www.portsmouthtsa.org
Trainee teachers chose us because we have an excellent reputation and offer personalised support. Our expert trainers have all been teachers and have years of experience. Trainees are attracted to training predominately in school underpinned with our first-rate training days.
Trainees value our 'personal approach' and the support we offer from initial application queries right through to supporting their Newly Qualified Training (NQT) year.
On successful completion you will achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the option of 60 Master Credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
We believe in a continuum of professional development and support trainees beyond their training year through to leadership. We are a key member of the Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) working with the Local Authority and schools to focus on school improvement to get the best outcomes for our children.
Additional expertise includes the Solent Maths Hub, subject specialist networks, ‘Women Leading in Education’ and access to a range of national level projects.
About the accredited body
Training is delivered in collaboration with the University of Chichester. You will spend four days in school from the very start of term, attend our excellent alliance training at our dedicated training centre in Portsmouth as well as some subject specific training at the university. The university training is delivered in two blocks (3 and 2 weeks) over the academic year.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools on both the classroom and in shaping the wider culture. If you have a disability then that shouldn’t dissuade you from school.
The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).
It is helpful to let us know your requirements so we can consider your placement and any reasonable adjustments that may need to be considered. All partners within the alliance are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities.
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