About the course
This course aims to prepare students to:
- become effective secondary school teachers
- become knowledgeable subject specialists who can progress to take on responsibilities in curriculum development
- become good classroom managers
- become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.
The programme encourages learning through critical reflection, making connections between the theory and practice of teaching, and continuing to self-evaluate and improve throughout a teaching career.
We work to enable students to teach pupils to think, and to interpret pupils' understanding, building their subsequent teaching on this.
Waldegrave School is the lead school in the Alliance and will be coordinating the recruitment process for all RTSA schools. Interviews will include a panel of professionals from across the Alliance and will usually have one representative from the likely main placement school.
Interviews will involve at least a half day spent at one of the schools and will include:
- A written task
- A tour, usually led by students
- A presentation on a given theme
- A panel interview
Candidates approved by the school will also undergo an approval process at the university which may consist of another interview. Staff from the universities will be part of the school selection panel, as will staff from Alliance schools. The selection process will be thorough and rigorous, in order to help us place trainees at suitable placement schools.
How school placements work
Placement schools are selected for candidates following a careful process of working with local head teachers to establish where are best subject specialist mentors are placed across the borough and what school recruitment needs are likely to be in the future.
Richmond Borough is a small locality and all schools within the partnership have excellent local transport links.
The Alliance has teaching opportunities in the full secondary range from 11-19. If you have placement in school which is currently 11-16 you will be given the opportunity for KS5 experience at another school.
There are 10 schools in the Alliance and Schools Direct trainees will have one main placement and one second placement across the year.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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 Computing 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.
Certified evidence of an undergraduate degree conferred by a United Kingdom higher education institution or an equivalent qualification. The degree should relate to the needs of the course and the secondary subject specialism applied for.
A minimum classification of 2:2 in Computer, Computer Science or IT. Alternative degrees will need to have included a minimum of 50% computing or IT content.
Applicants must possess grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths (or approved equivalents).
All applicants must pass the Department for Education's Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests prior to commencing the course.
About the training provider
Richmond Teaching Schools Alliance is great place to work and learn. We will provide a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with Roehampton, King's College London and St Mary's Univeristy.
Our vision for RTSA is that staff and students feel valued and enjoy teaching and learning across the borough of Richmond Upon Thames. We are very proud of the partnerships we have with all schools in the borough, from our long established secondary schools to the newer free schools and our successful faith schools.
RTSA is lead by Waldegrave School which OfSTED reported is an outstanding school. Waledgrave was awarded comprehensive school of the year in 2016 by the Sunday Times. Prior to that we were the top 11-16 school in the country in the Sunday Times Parent power tables. Our results show that we are in the top 10% of schools nationally each year.
Orleans Park School, another outstanding school in the borough, is our Strategic Lead school. We work closely with all our Alliance schools to provide the best placements in fantastic departments with excellent outcomes for students. Schools Direct trainees will have access to great subject specialists and dedicated mentors as well as a full training programme through our universities and partnership schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
RTSA welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities or additional needs.
Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so they can be considered for placement at appropriate schools.
Accessibility varies between schools and locations and RTSA will seek to facilitate placements at appropriate settings where they are available.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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||Waldegrave School for Girls, Fifth Cross Road, Twickenham TW2 5LH
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