About the course
Based in and employed by a secondary school, apprentices will spend much of their time in class, teaching their specialist subject to the 11-16 age range and working with other teachers. They will draw on eQualitas' distance learning resources for independent study, and attend some training days in central London.
Apprentices have a visiting tutor from eQualitas, who spends a day in school each half term to observe them teaching, provide some training, review their developing evidence and assess their progress so that helpful targets are set for the apprentice's next steps. Assessment for QTS takes place towards the end of the training programme and QTS is awarded (if the Teachers' Standards are met).
After 12 months, the apprentice has to pass the end-point assessment which checks whether he or she is maintaining and further developing what was attained in the QTS assessment.
Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an Interview Day.
The selection process will usually involve:
*A classroom-based task
*Time with staff/departments
*A formal interview
*A written task
We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview. You will need to also pass a Skills Test for numeracy and literacy prior to commencing your placement.
How school placements work
You will spend the majority of time in your main placement school but will also be required to carry out a 2nd placement at another school or education setting which is usually for a period of 6 weeks.
Your 2nd placement will provide you with an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast different approaches to all aspects of teaching.
Your first year will be on an unqualified teacher salary as agreed with your placement school who will be employing you. Your second year when you're an NQT (newly qualified teacher), you will be paid as an NQT.
The funding for the apprenticeship training is paid for by the employing school so this is not a cost for the trainee teacher.
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.
- You'll need to hold a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification, ideally with at least 50% within your teachable subject.
- You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
- You'll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. Some training providers may require you to complete them before your interview, or ask you to complete them by a certain date as a condition of your offer
We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for this placement. This placement will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.
About the training provider
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is an education trust with a national network of 58 academies across England.
At AET, our mission is pure and simple: to enable our pupils to lead remarkable lives. This is the golden thread that binds us all together – the reason that despite our very different paths to AET, we are all part of one family.
We passionately believe that every child can discover their own remarkable life. It’s what motivates us around here. We know this vision requires something extra. Which is why at AET, you’ll find more. More opportunities, so you can forge your own path. More care and support, so you can prioritise what matters most. More purpose, for you and for the children we’re inspiring. Come inspire their remarkable with us.
We are looking for individuals who identify with our values which are:
Be unusually brave
Discover what’s possible
Push the limits
Be big hearted
In joining the Trust in your training year you will have the opportunity to make a transformational impact in communities you work within inspiring their remarkable.
Whatever your area of expertise, if you have the right skills and outlook, AET is an excellent place to develop your remarkable career.
To make your next move a career-defining opportunity, choose to train with us.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us and the accrediting provider know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
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.
Academies Enterprise Trust: Richmond Park Academy
Park Avenue, London SW14 8RG
Support and advice
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