West Wilts Alliance (WWA) is working with The Mead Academy Trust and Bath Spa University to provide a unique experience for School Direct trainees. Based in an extremely beautiful and rural part of the country, the area is entrenched with history and idyllic villages. Trainees will thoroughly enjoy living and working in West Wiltshire.
All 7 of the schools involved in WWA have joined this initiative and their diversity of expertise and denomination will mean that trainees will be able to experience a variety of different educational organisations all withing a seven mile radius. Similarly, working together with The Mead Academy Trust will provide trainees with access to Primary education in an inspirational and innovative learning and teaching environment.
There is much West Wilts Alliance can offer a trainee teacher including:
- All schools are graded as good or outstanding by OFSTED
- Strong outcomes for students
- Thriving sixth forms offering A levels and BTECs
- Special Educational Needs and Alternative Provision students are exceptionally well provided for
- Excellent Able, Gifted and Talented provision
- Vertical and horizontal pastoral systems House systems with very strong Pastoral teams
- Students contribute to active citizenship Specialist Leaders in Education in English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages
- Excellent Continuing Professional Development programmes both within schools and across WWA
- Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP) Schools so trainees can take part in TEEP training and plan lessons according to TEEP principles
- Excellent facilities across all schools
- Popular after school provision for students
- Numerous links with local, national and international businesses and companies
- Close relationships with a variety of educational institutions outside of WWA and likewise Higher Education Institutions
“I am thoroughly enjoying the school phase of my training. For a person in my position
who had a career before teacher training this is a well suited course…my favourite parts
are when I am in the classroom. The School Direct programme offers more classroom time
and on-the-job training. It also allows trainees to be in their home schools much earlier
than PGCE counterparts, allowing relationships with students and staff to be formed much earlier.
This has an incredible effect on the teaching and learning of young people and is one
reason why I prefer this programme.”
Rob Barnard, WWA School Direct Trainee
You should be an honours graduate with a 1st or 2:1, although we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 but can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching and are keen to continue their own professional development.
You should hold a grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics.
If you are successful at interview in order to have your School Direct place confirmed you will need to have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
You will obviously need a strong understanding and knowledge of the subject you want to teach before you start your training and if your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject you are advised to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before your teacher training commences.
What we are looking for
We want to appoint excellent trainees who are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and who have the ability and drive to become outstanding practitioners. To be a successful applicant we would expect you to have had some meaningful experience of students of secondary age either via experience in a secondary school or by volunteering with clubs or groups.
How we select our trainees
The Mead Community Primary School is the lead school in the partnership and will coordinate the recruitment process with the WWA Alliance Director and in association with Bath Spa University. Interviews are likely to be of a day in length and will involve some time working with students, some short literacy and numeracy tests, the opportunity to talk to staff, students and other applicants and a formal interview.
The process will be rigorous but designed to help applicants perform at their best.
About this training programme
Successful applicants will work within the West Wilts Alliance schools.
Schools involved are:
The Clarendon Academy, Trowbridge
The John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge
Kingdown School, Warminster
Lavington School, Market Lavington
Melksham Oak Community School, Melksham
St. Augustine’s Catholic College, Trowbridge
St. Laurence School, Bradford-on-Avon
Successful applicants will be appointed to the West Wilts Alliance rather than to a specific school. Placements will be undertaken at schools within the WWA who are able to offer them.
All schools have an extremely successful track record in Initial Teacher Training having trained teachers in the PGCE and GTP routes. We recognise the enthusiasm and new ideas that trainees can bring to our school communities and are committed to turning them into the outstanding teachers of tomorrow.
Trainees will follow a school based PGCE programme enabling them to work alongside skilled and experienced teachers throughout thus providing trainees with the opportunity to develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to be outstanding practitioners themselves. Training input will be delivered by staff within WWA and Bath Spa University and will involve school based and alliance based input as well as time spent at the University focussing on aspects of professional studies. Trainees will have full access to Bath Spa University facilities and resources.
All trainees will receive the highest quality support from staff within our schools, the West Wilts Alliance Director and the University.
The School Direct programme will begin on the first day of term in September 2015 and run throughout the academic year finishing on the last day of the academic year in July 2016. All trainees will be welcomed as full members of the staff team and will be expected to engage in all aspects of school life including professional development days, monitoring and evaluation activities, extra- curricular activities and community events. Trainees will be assigned a subject mentor in school as well as being supervised by a professional mentor. There will also be support and visits from University tutors.
The fee will be £9,250.00
Applications must be made via UCAS at www.ucas.com
“The smaller number of trainee teachers on the School Direct programme also helped us
all to bond very quickly on our many useful days during the Professional Skills phase.
I also liked that we got to see 7 schools on those days, which provided excellent training,
rather than sticking with one school as the PGCE students do.
This gave us lots of opportunity to gain from the experiences and
knowledge of a wide range of staff/schools in the area.”
Rob Barnard, WWA School Direct Trainee