About the course
William Perkin High School is one of four Twyford Trust schools. The Trust's ethos is strongly and distinctively Christian, with an emphasis on developing socially responsible individuals with a sense of their own capacity to do and be good. The Trust prides itself on embracing 'life lived to the full'; a concept that we have developed as our 10:10 ethic.
William Perkin opened as a Free School in September 2013 and is now full capacity, with year groups 7 to 13. The School was inspected by Ofsted most recently in February 2019 and was rated outstanding, the highest grade attainable. In William Perkin’s first year of GCSE exams, our fledgling year group achieved exceptional outcomes which placed us in the top 10 schools in the United Kingdom. We are incredibly proud of this achievement, as well as the progression that our students consistently make towards their futures as young adults.
The School Direct Drama programme at William Perkin School begins in September 2020. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2021, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) plus Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All schools in ETSA are highly supportive and inspirational environments where you will develop the necessary skills and acquire a true appreciation of the practice essential for outstanding teaching and learning. You will learn your craft in an environment which allows you to experiment with teaching styles, strategies and ideas.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school. You will participate in weekly professional development sessions which will cover a wide range of topics and school policies which will be of use to you in your subject area and in the school as a whole. You will also attend Alliance-wide Golden Day training events along with fellow ETSA trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at Goldsmith's University.
You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at William Perkin who will support you in your development over the course of what will be a challenging and rewarding year. All mentors are excellent teachers who are well-trained in mentoring, coaching, lesson observations and feedback skills. You will also work closely with a member of the Senior Leadership team who will oversee a great deal of your training and will provide an invaluable perspective on your role as a teacher and the wider issues of education leadership.
Shortlisted applicants should expect to spend a day at school and to take part in some or all of the following activities: a presentation; a written task; small group teaching; curriculum discussion and an interview. You will be told in advance if you are required to prepare a presentation or to teach.
Goldsmiths will also be involved in the recruitment process.
It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to ensure successful applicants are well placed to succeed.
Please note that we recruit on a rolling basis and usually offer only one position per subject area (unless otherwise stated). We suggest that you apply early as popular subjects are filled quickly.
How school placements work
As well as your main training placement at William Perkin School, you will complete a six-week placement in a contrasting context within ETSA.
This will afford you the opportunity to experience working with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Before the start date of the training programme you must hold a UK degree (or equivalent). You should preferably have a 1st or a 2:1 in a relevant subject area from a well-respected institution. It is also preferable that you have at least 3 Bs at A level (or equivalent). All applicants must have at least a C in GCSE English, Maths and Science at the time of application.
We seek to appoint applicants who exhibit a passion for and excellent knowledge of their subject and a commitment to the education of all young people.
It is anticipated that all successful applicants will participate fully in the life of the school and therefore it is essential that trainees are very well organised, hardworking and enthusiastic.
We look to appoint those with the potential to become outstanding teachers, with this in mind, it is crucial that applicants are resilient, reflective and responsive to advice.
School experience is essential if you are interested in applying for School Direct at ETSA. We prefer that candidates have up to 10 days of recent experience in a UK school. If you have arranged some classroom experience but it is yet to take place, please make a note of this in your application.
About the training provider
Ealing Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is an exciting and innovative collaboration striving to provide teaching excellence in the London Borough of Ealing. The Alliance comprises of 12 secondary schools and is in partnership with St Mary’s University, Hillingdon SCITT and Goldsmiths, university of London.
ETSA has a fantastic reputation for its well-established training programmes and its excellent track-record of induction. ETSA’s commitment to ensuring that all trainees, regardless of subject or route, are able to benefit from the experience and expertise of the very best practitioners makes it an excellent place to train and procure employment once qualified.
For the past five years, the vast majority of ETSA trainees have secured their first qualified teacher role within the Alliance upon completion of their training year.
Please click on the following link to find out about recent ETSA School Direct trainees’ experiences: (https://vimeo.com/dfptv/review/122728167/cfdc270b64)
About the accredited body
We've been training teachers since 1904, and we're renowned as a leader in the field of teacher training
You'll benefit from excellent employment opportunities
There's a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning
Teaching practice in our partnership schools offers an excellent introduction to teaching in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms
We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring
Employers rank us as one of the country’s best universities from which to recruit graduates, according to a survey published in the Times Higher Education magazine
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Ealing Teaching School Alliance, and its partner schools, aim to ensure that all potential staff have equality of opportunity, regardless of disability.
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William Perkin CE High School
Oldfield Lane North, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 8PR
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