About the course
The Primary School Direct route prepares you to teach in all primary and early years schools and settings. Most of your time will be spent in your training school with a placement of six weeks in a contrasting second school.
You will be trained to teach the full curriculum within the primary age-range, and your training will cover a minimum of four year groups.
During the year you will attend 30 central training sessions, based at the University. These sessions are where you will receive input and support and have the opportunity to meet with other trainees. You will be assigned a school mentor, whom you will meet with once a week. A tutor from the University will also visit you regularly.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview at one of our main partnership schools, usually within two to three weeks of application.
The interview process will include a tour of the school by students, a student interview panel, written task and an interview with a senior member of staff and the ITTCo.
If successful, you will be contacted by the University of Reading, who will invite you to an initial needs meeting and a formal offer will then be made through UCAS from the University.
How school placements work
On a Primary PGCE course through the University of Reading you are required to carry out two placements - ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences.
Most second school placements will be in our Trust and the placements are found with the individual needs of the trainee in mind.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
If a trainee decides to take the PGCE route, the fees for the year are £9,250.
You are required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics, science and English or equivalent.
About the training provider
The Trinity Partnership is a teacher training provider in West Berkshire. We offer primary and secondary School Direct places for both salaried and unsalaried trainees. Our teacher training courses are organised in conjunction with the University of Reading.
Trinity is the lead school in the partnership. We work with other schools, including our trust schools Fir Tree School and Speenhamland School. We also have training links with other schools in the area to provide flexibility for second placement opportunities and particular subject specialisms.
Training at the Trinity Partnership offers the chance to work in a growing trust, where students are treated as individuals. Staff in the Trinity Partnership are dedicated and ambitious, they have high expectations of the students in their care and the schools all boast excellent facilities. Staff work closely with the School Direct trainees to ensure that all make the progress they need in their training year. The Trinity school ethos of ‘Personal Excellence and Collective Responsibility’ resonates for staff, trainees and students alike.
About the accredited body
The University of Reading are ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.
Their highly reputable partnerships with over 300 schools enables us, together, to train the next generation of outstanding teachers.
The high levels of pastoral care and the exemplary experience their students enjoy are regularly reflected in the National Student Survey (NSS). In 2016 the University of Reading was ranked 7th for Initial Teacher Training with 92% overall satisfaction in Education and 95% satisfaction with academic support in Education.
Training with disabilities and other needs
In accordance with the 2010 Equality Act, the Trust recognises the rights of the individual and will not accept discrimination against staff, parents,
students/pupils, contractors and visitors, be it on any basis, whether direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
It is the Trust’s desire to:
ensure that all those within its schools are committed to the
principles of equality as outlined in the Equality Act 2010;
promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and
ensure that everyone who belongs to, or comes into contact with,
our Trust’s community is valued and respected;
eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation;
promote equality of opportunity;
promote positive attitudes towards disabled persons;
encourage participation by disabled persons in all aspects of school
take steps to take account of disabled persons’ disabilities, even
where that involves treating disabled persons more favourably than
show due compliance with statutory duties.
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.
Fir Tree Primary School
Fir Tree Lane, Newbury
Love Lane, Shaw, Newbury RG14 2DU
Speenhamland Primary School
Pelican Lane, Newbury RG14 1NU
Support and advice
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