About the course
Tewin Cowper is a fully inclusive Church of England village school at the heart of a thriving community. We are set in beautiful surroundings that make an excellent learning environment, with great community links, a dedicated, highly skilled staff team, supportive parents and most of all wonderful children. If you are interested in training as a teacher with us, please call the school office to arrange a visit; we can offer advice on the application process and you can see for yourself the enthusiasm, motivation and enjoyment that flows through everything we do, making our school a happy, exciting place to learn.
We are advertising a salaried position for the training year, for a dedicated, committed person to join our team. We will provide a mentor and good levels of support, focused on your professional development and desire to be an excellent teacher.
Over the years we have supported many PGCE and BEd students in their placements; we very recently trained a colleague through the School Direct scheme, who is now a permanent member of staff.
The interview process lasts a day. During this time, you will be asked to teach a 45 minute lesson, complete a written task, present documents such as your qualifications and undergo a formal interview.
The interview will be will The Head Teacher, a subject specialist and a training specialist.
Typically, we only interview people after they have visited the school several times and we have seen their potential to train through observing them in classroom situations.
All shortlisted candidates will be invited to Tewin Cowper for a selection day, which will consist of a learning walk around the school, a short activity with a group of pupils and a formal interview. The structure of the day will incorporate both school and University of Hertfordshire requirements and candidates will only be made offers if both the university and school representatives are convinced of their suitability for the teaching profession.
How school placements work
You will spend 4 days each week in Chauncy School, Ware with the 5th day being at The University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield).
This will be the arrangement for the whole year with one exception. During one half of the Spring Term, you will be placed at a different school. This school is typically another school that works with The University of Hertfordshire but the location of this placement varies from year to year.
£18,339 per annum (including fringe allowance)
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.
Minimum degree required- Lower second.
C grade GCSE in English language
C grade GCSE in Mathematics
C grade GCSE in Science
We would expect candidates to have undertaken some experience in an educational setting. Teaching is a challenging and highly skilled profession which does not suit everyone. By seeking opportunities to visit a school environment, observe lessons, work with pupils and support teaching and learning activities, candidates should know whether they have the necessary qualities and commitment to seek entry into this profession.
The Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed before the training programme begins.
Tewin Cowper is interested in working with candidates who have a passion for teaching creatively, in a way that will engage and motivate pupils to achieve the best they can. Whilst we are committed to high standards in English and Maths, we are passionate about learning and development opportunities for the ‘whole child’: learning through play and exploring, active learning, creativity and thinking critically. We would expect the successful student to make a full contribution to the school community and embrace the support offered.
If you are offered a place on the School Direct Programme, you will be asked to apply to the DBS for and Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a requirement of entry to the course. There will be an administrative charge made for this.
About the training provider
The Chauncy Training Partnership includes a collection of schools who, individually, provide the school based training. Each school has its own character and ethos but all use The University of Hertfordshire as a university partner.
Each advertised training course specifies which school acts as the host for the school based training and there is no suggestion that there is any hierarchy of schools. Chauncy, as Lead School, administrates the application process but it is the school to which the training place is linked that carries out short-listing, interviewing and in the case of successful applicants, the bulk of the school based training.
The Chauncy School Training Partnership advertise training positions on the UCAS website from October but applicants should check periodically from this date as further opportunities may be posted during the academic year. As Lead School, Chauncy School participates in the School Experience Programme, details of which may be found on The Department for Education's "Get into teaching" section.
About the accredited body
The University of Hertfordshire is the accredited provider for The Chauncy School Training Partnership. University based training is carried out on one day each week during term time, for which trainees are released from their host schools. The programme of university based training is detailed in the course guide published by The University of Hertfordshire.
The University of Hertfordshire acts as the awarding body for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) certification as appropriate.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Hertfordshire report their support for trainees with disability on their website. Individual schools within the partnership have different arrangements within their own settings to support trainees with disability and other needs. For further information, please contact the Lead School with any queries you have about disability arrangements and you will be directed to the appropriate source of information.
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