Straight To Teaching

  • Be employed by a school in a teaching role for at least 5 terms by the time you start the programme.

  • Straight to Teach is carried out online and in school with mentor. It is a professional development programme aimed at unqualified teachers, higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) or teaching assistants (TAs) who want to become fully qualified teachers. The programme supports and prepares trainees to meet the Teachers’ Standards and provides the opportunity to be independently assessed and awarded QTS.

 

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Grade 4/C in GCSEs English and maths, or equivalent. If wishing to teach Primary then you will also need a grade C in GCSE science, or equivalent.

  • A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. If you are looking to teach Secondary phase, a large proportion of the degree should be in the subject you wish to teach. 

  • Have good levels of numeracy and literacy and have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy (which can be taken while training)

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School Direct & SCITT 

  • School direct and SCITT trainees will train in two schools supported by the school and ITT provider (we currently work with the Thurrock Teaching Schools Alliance and TES Institute for School Direct)

  • School direct (salaried) trainees are employed by the school and will train in the schools that employ them with a second placement in a different school.

  • Outcome is that trainees gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) with an option to complete a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).

  • Involves a one year course with an internal subject mentor and external pathway tutor who visits four times over the academic year.

  • With School direct trainees, both options apply to the lead school. For SCITT trainees this applies to the ITT provider.

  • Trainees may qualify for a tax free teacher training bursary. Details can be found on the Department for Education website. 

 

Minimum Entry Requirements:

 

  • Grade 4/C in GCSEs English and maths, or equivalent. If wishing to teach Primary then you will also need a grade 4/C in GCSE science, or equivalent.

  • A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. If you are looking to teach Secondary phase, a large proportion of the degree should be in the subject you wish to teach. Overseas teachers should have the equivalent with a NARIC check.

  • Have good levels of numeracy and literacy and have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy (which can be taken while training).

 

Natasha Gazzard, science teacher,

The Gateway Academy – School Direct

I decided to go through with the School Direct route, as I loved the sound of

having the experience of working and learning on the job. It gave me the

opportunity to shadow experienced colleagues and to spend time with the

students to get a better understanding of how they learn and how my role of

being a teacher allows me to facilitate their learning.

 

I was impressed with the level of support I received from TES with my pathway tutor and the in-school support I received from my mentor, who was always at the other end of the phone to support me in planning lessons or to help source resources and to clue you in on school rules and expectations. Finally, the senior leader with the overview for training teachers always checked in with us individually and through grouped meetings. This allowed me to meet other trainees for support and to receive specialised training and guidance to meet my needs.

 

I can now see a difference in my confidence when trialling new teaching strategies within my lessons and can see improvements in my subject knowledge. I am now able to understand how my students learn and think and source strategies that would be able to get the students actively thinking and working out activities that will enhance their progress in science. Completing my teacher training within a pandemic has allowed me to become increasingly resilient and adaptive in my teaching, as we had to rely on remote learning for nearly a whole term. This meant that I had to learn a completely different way of teaching and assessment of my students.

 

I was delighted to have been offered a role as a science teacher at The Gateway Academy; my future as a science teacher is secure! I am excited to get started as an NQT in the new academic year and to provide intrigue and wonder to students’ minds, to spark discussions and connect science knowledge through real-life illustration.

 

I would really recommend postgraduate to consider selecting the School Direct route; you will be able to have the opportunity to be immersed in a school environment and to be able to learn not from theory but from constant experience.

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PGCE

 

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education is a university based route where you attend lectures and spend a minimum of 24 weeks on placement in two schools or key stages. We currently work with Brighton and St Mary’s and take PGCE students in the developmental and consolidation stages of terms 2 and 3.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Grade 4/C in GCSEs English and maths, or equivalent. If wishing to teach Primary then you will also need a grade C in GCSE science, or equivalent.

  • A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. If you are looking to teach Secondary phase, a large proportion of the degree should be in the subject you wish to teach.

  • Any additional requirements laid out by the University that you have applied to.

  • Have good levels of numeracy and literacy and have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy (which can be taken while training).

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Step Into Teaching

  • This is an internally run programme and is completed before an application to a formal teaching programme.

  • The purpose of the programme is to enable you to be exposed to the expectations and standards of teaching and allow you to make a decision on future aspirations. The school will be looking for your potential and the rigour you will need to teach.

  • The programme builds confidence in the requirements needed to become a teacher and the knowledge and skills needed to achieve QTS status. Over the programme you will become familiar with the Teachers’ Standards and school policies that will lead you to being able to start a career in teaching.

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Teach First

 

  • Teach First is a charity based in England and Wales and focuses on educational disadvantages by training exceptional teachers to teach in challenging schools. It is a two-year scheme offering a Leadership Development programme and management skills training.

  • Outcome is that trainees will gain a PGCE and QTS during this two-year period while working in the classroom and earning a salary.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Trainees need to have 300 UCAS points and a 2:1 or above.

  • Grade 4/C in GCSEs English and maths, or equivalent. If wishing to teach Primary then you will also need a grade 4/C in GCSE science, or equivalent.

  • Applications are made to Teach First and schools select from CVs online.

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Natasha Gazzard Gateway