About the course
Following a 'Welcome & Induction Day', main school placements start on the first day of the new school year.
In the first term, three days every week are spent in school although when, and how, you start teaching is carefully planned with your class teacher.
A further day is set aside for home study towards a PGCE. You will complete two assignments (approximately 7500 words each) and produce evidence-based work for a training file. In addition to support from your placement school, you will have termly tutor visits to help ensure you are on track.
The fifth day is spent learning with your fellow trainees on our bespoke taught programme, covering a range of key curriculum areas and aspects of school life. This also provides a valuable opportunity to come together as a group and share learning experiences.
After Christmas, you will undertake a shorter teaching placement in a school that contrasts with your main one. For some, there will be the opportunity to teach in a special school.
After approximately ten weeks, trainees return to their main placement. By the summer, the PGCE study will have been completed, allowing more time to hone school practice and consolidate teaching skills.
Somerset Partnership Teaching School (based at Fiveways Special School) and Wessex Teaching School (based at Huish Primary School) work as one to lead this innovative course. Whilst we are very proud of our growing reputation as a quality provider of ITT, we do not wish to become a large enterprise. We really value the close working relationship we have with all our trainees and partnership schools. If you want a course with a proven track record of trainee satisfaction, good prospects for teaching within the area and one that doesn't involve long distance travel, then we are probably the one for you!
What our trainees say about us:
‘Choosing which ITT course to do is mind boggling…but I’m so glad I chose this one!’
'The taught programme was invaluable and really helped me reflect on and develop my own practice.’
‘I loved my placement school and felt like a member of staff from day one!’
‘The support I received throughout my course was fantastic.’
We look forward to receiving your application and encourage you find out more about us, either by viewing our websites, emailing us or paying us a visit.
Interview days are generally held from October to early summer at Huish Primary School, Yeovil. The day includes a range of activities designed to assess your aptitude for teaching; however, we aim to make the day as relaxed as possible as we want you to perform your best without nerves getting in the way.
During the day, there will be plenty of time to find out more about us and ask questions. We not only recognise the importance of you being the right trainee for us, but also of us being the right course for you!
We aim to let candidates know whether or not they have been successful as soon as possible following their recruitment day.
Successful candidates also interested in special education are invited at a later date to Fiveways Special School, Yeovil, for an information session on the SEND enhanced training option. This route is not exclusive to trainees wishing to become special school teachers. The SEND training programme is designed to support all trainees to become the best teacher they can possibly be when responding to the learning needs of every pupil in their class, regardless of the setting.
- Candidates invited for interview will be notified first via UCAS and then receive further details by email; please ensure spam/junk email boxes are also checked regularly.
- Data Sharing (GDPR) – Personal data provided will only be disclosed to staff at this provider and that of Wessex Teaching School, and, when necessary, partnership schools.
How school placements work
With the exception of 30 days set aside for home study towards your PGCE and up to a further 30 days allocated to our weekly taught programme, the majority of your time with us will be spent in school on teaching placements in and around the Yeovil area; you will gain experience of two different schools, providing contrasting contexts.
Within the constraints of the statutory ITT Criteria, we endeavour to take into account the distance between home and school when organising placements.
By being in schools from the very beginning of the autumn term, trainees tell us they settle and establish themselves more quickly than if they were to join later in the term. Unlike many other ITT providers, our course runs right up to the last day of the school year, with the aim of giving you as much experience as possible and getting extra value from the course fee.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The usual entry requirements for this course:
- a 2:1 or above in your first degree. (Candidates with a 2:2 classification may still be considered if their potential and aptitude for primary teaching is sufficiently demonstrated on application and at interview.);
- passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above or equivalent (or for GCSEs taken from Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above).
For all enquiries about entry requirements, please contact
University of Exeter PGCE Admissions Team
- Enthusiastic, driven and engaging?
- A great team player?
- Highly organised, reflective and committed to hard work?
- Empathetic and resilient?
YES? .....THEN APPLY TODAY!
This course is jointly led by Fiveways Special School and Huish Primary School.
Although we offer the one course between us, combining expertise from both mainstream primary and special educational settings, we are required to appear as two separate providers on both the DfE search tool and UCAS.
Even though eligible candidates will only be offered one interview, please feel free to apply to both of us!
In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on the following:
- information provided on the UCAS teacher training application;
- performance at interview;
- passes in both professional skills tests;
- a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and DBS enhanced disclosure.
Although not essential, it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
About the training provider
Fiveways Special School (Somerset Partnership Teaching School) and Huish Primary School (Wessex Teaching School) work as one to lead an innovative school-led initial teacher training programme, combining expertise from both special education and mainstream primary. Both schools are rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted and are proud of their respective Teaching School status.
Trainees undertake placements within a valued partnership of highly regarded Somerset schools, providing a range of contrasting experiences and opportunities to learn and teach alongside excellent teachers, and gain qualified teacher status (QTS).
Trainees also qualify with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCE), accredited by the University of Exeter.
Trainees on this course enjoy the following benefits:
- A strong and well-established ITT partnership with an impressive track record of gaining employment by the end of their course;
- A bespoke, curriculum training programme, with additional taught days in SEND, devised and led by experienced practitioners;
- An option for enhanced training in Early Years Foundation Stage with relevant teaching placements;
- Local mainstream and special education teaching placements, and designated time to study from home, without the need to attend university or college;
- A personal approach with full pastoral support and direct access to Programme Leaders;
- Support with securing a first teaching post, including mock interviews;
- Guaranteed job interviews on application to schools within the partnership (subject to eligibility);
- Loan of a MacBook Air;
- Full support from the University of Exeter, including tutor visits and access to library resources/online learning materials.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We offer a fully inclusive training programme and applications are welcomed from candidates with disabilities and other needs.
For trainees requiring support with subject knowledge, support plans in English, mathematics and science are provided. The programme endeavours to support individual needs accordingly.
Should you wish to discuss your particular needs, prior to application, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Additionally, trainees can access the comprehensive student services provided by the University of Exeter. Services include:
- AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams;
- Student Learning Skills Service;
- Student Advice Unit and Counselling Service;
- Students’ Union Advisors;
- Student Health Centre and Family Centre;
- Chaplaincy team.
For further information, please contact
University of Exeter Student Support Service
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