About the course
The training programmes will build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner. Throughout the year, you will be supported by a highly-trained mentor who will hold weekly meetings to review your progress and set targets. As your confidence grows, you will deliver parts of lessons on your own, taking on more responsibility until you are teaching full lessons. As part of your further development you will undertake one other main placement at another school, usually in a different context to your ‘home’ school. There will also be the opportunity to spend a varying amount of time at other schools to further enhance your learning through experiencing a diverse range of educational settings. Our placement strategy is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for a successful teaching career.
You will be welcomed by the leader of the Bexley Teaching School Alliance and given necessary information for the day.
The process begins with a thirty minute mathematics test and a forty minute English test. There will be a short break and then you will be asked to complete a pupil interaction lasting 12 minutes with a group of 6 pupils. The panel will deliberate as candidates have a comfort break and if candidates successfully pass this stage of the interview process they will continue to part two. This begins with a five minute presentation to the panel regarding an outstanding lesson the candidate has observed during their experience days in school. Finally the candidate will be asked a range of interview questions.
Candidates are then free to leave and the panel will deliberate and make a final decision.We aim to inform all candidates of the final outcome the same day.
As this is a modular programme, our university partner may well invite candidates for an interview before making a final offer. This will be communicated to potential trainee teachers directly from the university.
How school placements work
School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. This programme will allow you to train in a home school setting followed by a second school placement and an alternative placement for 2 weeks E.g. a SEN School. Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges. Throughout the year, students will have a set timetable where they are required to attend university and there is a professional studies programme that runs alongside the days attended at university. Students will begin the programme by observing and working with groups of pupils with the support of their mentor in school. Weekly mentor meetings will take place and as the student progresses through the training year their timetable of teaching will begin to grow. Students will be expected to collect evidence against all the teaching standards throughout the year and will have university assignments to complete.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
To be accepted onto the Primary tuition fee route you must have degree classification of 2:2 honours degree or higher.
GCSE’s at a grade C or above for English, Mathematics and Science. (In recent terms a 5-8)
Great teachers are as diverse as the communities they serve. We look for candidates who have a real enthusiasm for engaging with young people, who are as excited about the process of learning as they are about teaching, and who understand that they will learn as much from their students as their students will from them. Sound subject knowledge is important, as well as students’ ability to break down their knowledge and see it through the eyes of someone for whom it is new. We particularly welcome a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through education.
At least two weeks work experience in a primary school is recommended so that you can reflect on in your personal statement.
A realistic understanding of both the role of a teacher and some current issues facing the profession is important.
About the training provider
The Bexley Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) consists of a diverse range of partners, including primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and two universities. We work collaboratively with schools in Bexley, Kent and to share outstanding practice, provide training and CPD, drive school improvement and train new teachers. We welcome all schools to join our alliance.
School Direct is a route into teaching which moves the focus of study from a university based programme to a school based programme with university input.
Whether you’ve just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years (education based or otherwise), the School Direct route enables you to learn to teach, whilst actually doing the job, maximizing the time spent in school.
We are looking to recruit graduates to begin training in primary and secondary schools across Bexley. We work closely in partnership with UCL, Institute of Education, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University to provide School Direct Tuition Fee and School Direct Salaried routes into teaching.
About the accredited body
Study teacher education at a university with a long tradition of training teachers that has primary education courses rated as outstanding by Ofsted and strong links with schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Bexley Teaching School Alliance and all our partner universities are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Bedonwell Infant and Nursery School
Bedonwell Road, Belvedere, Kent DA17 5PF
Bedonwell Junior School
Bedonwell Road, Belvedere, Kent DA17 5PF
Bursted Wood Primary School
Swanbridge Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 5BS
Christ Church (Erith) C of E Primary School
Lesney Park Road, Erith, Kent DA8 3DG
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