Why train with us?
A School-Centred QTS and PGCE Course
Why Train With Us?
How is this different to other training routes?
South West Teacher Training offers a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training experience. This means that:
- Our programme and training is entirely practitioner-led.
- Our course is designed and run by excellent schools and teachers from within our wide partnership.
- By training with us, new teachers are learning about the profession from current practitioners who are keen to share their knowledge and expertise.
- We are proud that our partners see this route as a recruitment pipeline of excellent new teachers and so take care to ensure the training is as up-to-date and relevant as possible.
What Qualifications will I attain?
- The award of Qualified Teacher Status at age ranges 11-16
- The qualification of a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. The PGCE element of our course is led by Bath Spa University, an Outstanding Initial Teacher Education Provider.
We work closely with Bath Spa to design a course that integrates up-to-date and relevant research, with a practitioner-led training curriculum.
How does it work?
Our programme plan includes teaching experience from Week 2 of the course, alongside regular General Professional Studies Training, intensive Subject Professional Studies tutoring and a variety of other experiences, including:
- an initial induction programme
- a placement in a local primary school
- a visit to a Special School
- post-16 experience
- ongoing lesson observation and feedback
- individual and small group training from SWTT Course Tutors
- collaborative and team teaching with experienced staff
- whole group/class teaching experience
- regular individual support and guidance from a designated Mentor
- regular General Professional Studies sessions
- regular Subject Professional Studies sessions
- study periods for research and reflection
- subject specialism KS3 and 4 self-audit against the National Curriculum requirements
- involvement in school departmental meetings, pastoral work, parental consultations, staff meetings, extra-curricular activities
- teacher training experience in at least two contrasting schools
- preparation for first teaching post
- ability to observe and work alongside outstanding practitioners.
- final assessment against the Teaching Standards.
Our partners believe that this programme fully prepares our trainees to begin their careers as successful teachers.