About the course
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research and are ranked 12th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table).
The School Direct route at the University of Reading prepares you to teach in Primary or Primary and Early Years. It is embedded within a strong partnership with local schools and provides a personalised approach to trainees from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
School Direct is a one-year full-time route into teaching leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only.
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) means that you have met the statutory requirements (The Teachers’ Standards 2012) for teaching in the UK. You need QTS to be able to teach in maintained schools in the UK.
What will my training year look like?
- You will spend most of your time in school, with approximately 30 days based at the University of Reading on our London Road campus.
- You will be based in one school for most of the year, with a minimum of six weeks in a contrasting school to broaden your training experience.
- The programme begins in early September, and finishes at the beginning of July the following summer.
- Over the course of the year the amount of time you spend teaching will increase, from working with small groups then the whole class teaching up to a 40% timetable by the end of the autumn term, moving up to around 60% by Easter and 80% by the end of your training. This ensures that you are completely confident in your teaching skills before entering the teaching profession.
- Your training will span four year groups. These can include any years from Nursery up to Year 6. You can also be based or undertake a placement within an SEND school.
- Although there are high expectations of you in terms of planning, assessment, evaluation and written reflection as well as engaging with school-based tasks.
St Polycarp's CTSA will take the lead in interviewing once we have received your application through UCAS. Successful applicants will be invited to interviews held in collaboration between the school and university.
On occasion we will interview applicants at the selected location school.
More details of the interview will be confirmed in writing at the point of inviting to interview.
How school placements work
School placements are organised by St Polycarp's CTSA drawing on the talented and nurturing staff within the schools in our alliance. We are proud of our child centered approach to learning and our supportive ethos and from the moment you join this course you become part of our team.
You will be placed in a minimum of two schools listed below with the flexibility to ensure your placements reflect your needs and interests e.g. SEND placement. Your supporting mentors will be trained to guide you through this learning journey and work alongside you to enhance your educational understanding and classroom practice.
The St Polycarp's CTSA is a group of approx 15 good or outstanding schools based across Surrey and Hampshire, within the Diocese of Brighton and Arundel, who work together collaboratively to push the highest educational standards across the local area.
Our key alliance partners:
St Joseph's Catholic Academic School, Aldershot, Hants
St Joseph's Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, Surrey
All Hallows Catholic School, Farnham, Surrey
St Peter's Catholic School, Guildford, Surrey
St Edmund's Catholic Primary School, Godalming, Surrey;
Rydes Hill Preparatory School, Guildford, Surrey
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
St Mary's University, Twickenham, Surrey
University of Reading, Berkshire
Our alliance schools:
All Saints C of E Aided Infant School, Tilford, Surrey
Bisley C of E Primary School, Bisley, Surrey
Potters Gate C of E Primary School, Farnham, Surrey
Puttenham C of E School, Puttenham, Surrey
Ridgeway Primary School, Farnham, Surrey
St Andrew’s C of E School, Farnham, Surrey
St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School, Cranleigh, Surrey
St James Primary School, Elstead, Surrey
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Epsom, Surrey
St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Thames Ditton, Surrey
St Peter’s School, Farnham, Surrey
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Guildford, Surrey Waverley Abbey C of E Junior School, Farnham, Surrey
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
£7,710 QTS only routethis is the 2019/0 rate. Fees for 2020 entry will be confirmed as soon as an announcement has been made by the DfE concerning financial support for 2020/1
We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or equivalent qualifications).
You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
If you have a genuine desire to enable children to learn and grow in your care then this is the course for you..... If you are committed to developing your professional values and learning from others with humility, compassion and a desire to improve then this is the course for you....... If you value the opportunity to share ideas and challenge assumptions then this is the course for you....... If you will work alongside us with a resolute desire to achieve your best for the children engaging them in their learning then this is the course for you!
About the training provider
Welcome to the St Polycarp’s Catholic Teaching School Alliance, a unique and nurturing alliance of schools whose aim is to support aspiring teachers into the rewarding career of teaching.
We are very proud that St Polycarp’s is currently one of only two Catholic primary teaching schools in the diocese of Arundel and Brighton with a range of inspiring and committed teachers within our schools, many of whom are leaders in their subject areas. Once you start your journey you will become part of this experienced, motivated team, working together in a friendly environment to make you feel supported every step of the way.
Currently we work with both St Mary’s University and Reading University to offer a choice of providers with courses that suit the individual needs of each applicant. Please see their enclosed information and timetables to enable you to make an informed choice.
Applications can be made through www.ucas.com, the codes are:
St Polycarp's: 2EG
Reading 3CHN PGCE, QTS only 3D28 and salaried route 3DZX
Please note that salaried applications require the candidate to have secured finances with a school.
St Mary’s 39DQ
Please contact Charlotte Carr on TeachingSchool-ITT@stpolycarps.surrey.sch.uk if you have any questions.
This is a personalised programme which allows you to receive invaluable training in at least two of our alliance schools. If you are considering a career in teaching and value the child and their learning to be at the centre of this decision then St Polycarp’s CTSA is the right place for you.
About the accredited body
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. They are ranked 12th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table).
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, they have well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.
Ofsted report that “Head teachers are eager to appoint trainees, because they are well prepared and have the necessary high standards of practice required to begin their teaching career” ITE inspection report, September 2016.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
Both ITT providers and the St Polycarp's CTSA support all candidates with a willingness to learn and support the needs of children. The courses are personalised in approach and able to provide the reasonable adjustments required for candidates with disabilities and other needs. Both Reading university and St Mary's have well resourced student services with the knowledge and support required to assist any candidates who may require additional help.
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.
Potters Gate C of E Primary School
Potters Gate, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7BB
St Joseph's Specialist Trust
Amlets Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7DH
St Paul's Catholic Primary School
Hampton Court Way, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 OLP
St Peter's C of E Primary School
Little Green Lane, Farnham, Surrey, Little Green Lane GU9 8TF
St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School
Waverley lane, Farnham, Surrey GU98BQ
Waverley Abbey C of E Junior School
The Street, Tilford, Surrey GU10 2AE
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