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Teacher Training FAQ and Useful Links

When should I apply?

Do I need School Experience prior to interview?

What does the interview process entail?

What qualification will I get?

How likely is it that I will be employed at the end of the programme?

What are the programme fees?

Do we offer the salaried School Direct programme?

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When should I apply?

We interview candidates throughout the year, although early applications for any teacher training programme are encouraged. This is becasue as places in our partner schools are allocated for a subject, there is less choice over where your main training placement will be. This is less of a problem if you are not tied down by location, but if travelling is an obstacle, an early application is more critical.

Do I need School Experience prior to interview?

You no longer need to have the previously required ten days school experience prior to commencement of the programm, but we strongly recommend to everyone that they gain some school experience.

The more of this that has been achieved prior to application, the better. This will reinforce your decision that teacher training is the right choice for you, give you observational experience prior to interview, and strengthen your application. If you are gaining experience with Weydon, or one of our partnership schools, you will be building a positive relationship with us and hopefully affirming your decision to apply to our programme.

During your experience, you should try to talk with current trainees, experienced teachers and observe teachers from within your subject specialism and across the broader curriculum. You should use the time to reflect on your subject knowledge strengths and weaknesses, what sort of teacher you might be and how what you learn might influence how you approach the interview.

Your school experience should be reflected upon in your personal statement and during interview.

For more information about the School Experience Programme, please follow this link.

For more information about making an application, our blog contains some useful hints.

What does the interview process entail?

We hope that by having applied to us, you will be fairly certain that we are the teacher training provider to which you wish to commit. The interview is another opportunity for you to test this.

From our point of view, we wish to establish:

  • You have an aptitude for becoming an outstanding teacher
  • You have very good subject knowledge or the capacity and commitment to achieve this
  • You are able to quickly establish positive relationships with peers and young people
  • You understand the role of the teacher, the demands  of the training programme and the resilience to complete the programme
  • You are able to communicate effectively

Having successfully being invited to interview, you will be asked to undertake a series tasks to enable us to assess this. You will be tested on your subject knowledge, and undertake a short resilience task. You will teach a small group of students a topic you will have prepared in advance. You will then have a formal interview which will provide further opportunities to establish your potential for success on the programme.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be offered a place on the programme. This may be conditional on factors such as undertaking a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme and will be dependent on your particular circumstance.

What qualification will I get?

You will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and gain a PGCE.

How likely is it that I will be employed at the end of the programme?

The principal behind the programme is that you will be employed within the partnership once you have qualified. Although this cannot be guaranteed, and you will not be tied in to the partnership, 100% of the 2017 cohort of trainees gained employment at the end of the programme. 

What are the programme fees?

Programme fees are currently set at £9250 with an additional charge of £200 to cover administrative costs.

Do we offer the salaried School Direct programme?

We currently do not offer any salaried places. Salaried placements often require trainees to teach classes without support from the outset. We believe that a more supported approach is the most effective way to ensure you reach your potential. With the generous tax-free bursaries and scholarships that are available, a salaried place is often less well remunerated than were you to take the non-salaried route.

For more information about bursaries, follow this link.

Useful Iinks

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): This replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevents unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups.

Department for Education Get Into Teaching:  advice and information about teacher traiining

Professional Skills Tests - Information: All teacher trainees are required to pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before they can start their course. The professional skills tests for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than subject knowledge needed for learning. This is to ensure that all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. 

Professional Skills Tests - Bookings: how to book the skills tests that assess the core skills in Maths and English that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools.

Student Finance: find out what you could get from Student Finance England to help pay for your fees and living costs

UCAS Track and Apply Website: to make your application and watch a detailed video about the application process

UK Naric: the designated agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications

University of Sussex: We are proud to be partnered by the University of Sussex so that we can offer you the award of PGCE on completion of your training.The PGCE programme has been designed to compliment our school-led approach to teacher training and links theory to practice throughout. 

 

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