Content of Programme
This route is suitable for highly qualified and experienced individuals who are already working in education in a support role, or career changers with at least three years’ work experience in industry as well as some school experience. This is an accelerated programme, which, like the tuition-fee route, combines university tuition and practical experience in two Teach Maidenhead schools. Whilst we recommend that salaried trainees opt for QTS plus PGCE they can consider the QTS only route after discussions with Teach Maidenhead and Reading University.
The Secondary English course at Reading:
1. is taught by staff with national and international reputations as being experts in the field of English in education
2. is taught through a series of practical seminars and workshops
3. has assignments which are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.
4. addresses all aspects of secondary English including specialist expertise in areas such as Drama, Media, Language and ICT.
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Subject Entry Requirements
Applicants will possess or be likely to achieve a 2.2 or above in a degree or better in a cognate subject (e.g. English, Applied Linguistics, Media Studies)
Applicants should effective communicators and be able to demonstrate a high level of engagement in reading widely and writing effectively.
Applicants are very strongly encouraged to undertake up to a week’s practical work experience in a school (preferably a Teach Maidenhead school), prior to interview.
This programme is taught through on-the job learning in schools and supporting theory taught on Campus.
You will be assessed against the eight Teachers’ Standards, based on the evidence of your teaching, your wider contribution to school life and your ability to reflect on and evaluate these experiences. Assessment will be carried out in school and moderated by your University tutor.
You will also write three assignments. These are designed to deepen your reflection on your school experience in the light of educational research, and to develop your ability to research your own practice. As well as being assessed in their own right, the assignments will contribute evidence towards your assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.
Trainees undertake placements in two of the five partnership schools, one of which will be their main teaching practice school.
The five Teach Maidenhead schools (Furze Platt Senior School, Desborough College, Altwood School, Cox Green School and Holyport College) are all located in Maidenhead which is halfway between London and Reading, one mile from the M4 and six miles from the M40. The five main Teach Maidenhead schools are located in the four corners of the town, a few miles away from each other. Maidenhead benefits from excellent rail and road connections which will improve still further when Crossrail opens. Maidenhead is 15 minutes from Reading University by train and 20 minutes from London on a non-stop train.
The training course consists of two placements, one main placement and a second lasting six weeks which takes place half way through the main placement. All five schools are able to offer trainees the opportunity to teach a secondary school age range of 11 to 18.
The course itself is structured broadly as follows (and based on the 19-20 secondary programme structure):
· Enrolment at The University of Reading during the first week of September
· An intensive week of subject matter study during the second week of September
· Six weeks where the trainee spends two days at the university and three in school
· A week focusing on the PGCE and tutorials
· A further six weeks spending five days in school
· A week shared between the university and an induction at the second placement school
· Christmas break
· Six weeks at the second placement school (beginning of January to mid- February) – we aim to inform trainees of their second placement location between September and November
· A week focusing on the PGCE and tutorials
· An intensive week of subject matter study at the end of February at the university
· Ten weeks at the main placement school with a break for Easter
· Two weeks of enrichment organised by the University of Reading.