About the course
You will spend most of your time training in schools as a School Direct trainee. You will be placed in at least two schools across the year, so you get experience of different schools.
You will also spend some time studying at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol and have access all of their resources and support. This gives you the opportunity to work with a larger group of Primary trainees, so you will feel part of a team.
There are four modules of study in the year:
- Professional Practice in Primary/Early Years Initial Education: The professional practice (teaching in school) module.
- Subject Knowledge for teaching in Primary/Early Years Education: The core subject input.
- Professional Development in Primary/Early Years Initial Teacher Education: Key knowledge for schools such as safeguarding and behaviour management.
- Knowledge for teaching in Primary/Early Years education: The foundation subject and cross-curricular aspect
At the end of the course you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education from UWE Bristol.
We're keen to get to know you both as an individual and as potential teacher. The interview process is also about you getting to know us, so you feel that you can make a firm commitment to training with us.
The process consists of:
- a day-long visit to one of our schools
- some time spent working with children to demonstrate your strengths
- a panel interview
- a group discussion about an aspect of education.
We will give you much more guidance when you apply. We look forward to receiving your application.
You will be recruited by Cathedral Schools Trust Teaching School Alliance, who work in close partnership with UWE.
Your next step: apply for a Primary School Direct place with Bristol Cathedral via the UCAS teacher training website
How school placements work
You will spend most of your time training in schools as a School Direct trainee.
You will be placed in at least two schools across the year, so you get experience of different schools. One of them will be your "home" school. You spend more time in your home school. We want you to feel that you belong in that school community.
All of our schools are in or very close to Bristol, so you won't have far to travel.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- 2:1 degree but strong applicants with 2:2 considered
- GCSE A*-C grades in both English and Maths (ideally B or above in both)
- Your place on the course is subject to successfully completing the QTS Skills Tests
We are looking for energetic, optimistic and resilient people who love teaching and learning.
We encourage individuals with the flair and talent to inspire young people and add something special to their school community.
In particular, we are looking for people who are committed to working in diverse communities and are committed to getting the best out of disadvantaged children.
People who work with us have the highest expectations of children and of themselves. We encourage you to come into teaching to stay, so you can enjoy a successful and rewarding career and make a significant contribution to the profession.
- You will need DBS clearance before you start training.
About the training provider
Welcome to an unique opportunity to train in the heart of historic Bristol. We offer a range of schools at both primary and secondary level, including exceptional Sixth Form provision. We proudly serve a diverse community that represents the city of Bristol. We are a highly inclusive organisation that welcomes children of all faiths and none.
The Teaching School is based at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, described by OFSTED in 2016 as a school where "the ethos and culture are outstanding. Pupils from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and values come together in an exceptionally harmonious environment where all are respected, valued and supported to do well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. It permeates all aspects of the life of the academy. The collective sense of moral purpose is powerful. The behaviour of pupils, and learners in the sixth form, and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. They make highly significant contributions to the ethos and culture of the academy. The support for individual and small groups of pupils is hugely impressive in quantity and quality, and highly effective. Pupils and sixth form learners are provided with a rich diet of high-quality experiences to broaden their personal development. The range and quality of musical activities are exceptional."
We are proud to offer school-based training in partnership with the largest local provider of Initial Teacher Training, the University of the West of England.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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