What is a Schools Direct programme?
Schools direct is an Initial Teacher Training programme in which you spend the majority of your training year in schools learning on the job. Using the knowledge you have gained in training sessions and through your experience in the classroom, you will collect evidence towards each of the Teachers’ Standards in order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Having QTS means you will be able to be employed as a teacher in state schools in England and Wales.
Alongside working towards QTS, you may choose to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This involves attending lectures and tutorials by a university and completing essays - this will result in you gaining 60 Masters credits.
For Schools Direct (fee paying) routes, you will need to cover the course costs. You may wish to take out a student loan to cover the course costs:
- QTS only - £8,350
- QTS with PGCE - £9,250
As a student, you will be eligible to apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance. There are bursaries available from the government for some subjects as well as bursaries of up to £10,000 from the Reach Foundation for eligible students on the Reach Teacher Training programme.
What is Reach Teacher Training?
The Reach Teacher Training programme is an innovative Schools Direct (fee-paying) initial teacher training route covering Southwest London. Our programme is founded on the following principles:
- Teaching is a skill which can be learned. There are a range of essential, highly effective techniques which should be practiced to enable automation of these techniques.
- Practice makes perfect - taking part in practice of each teaching technique before you return to the classroom is essential to embedding these skills.
- Understanding the context of your school is essential - each school is composed of its own community of staff and students as well as the wider community it serves. Engaging with and understanding this context is key.
- Teaching should be approached as a life-long career - we train teachers in order to enable them to flourish throughout a long career in the future.
How does the programme work?
The programme is comprised of two parts:
In-house training days (currently on Wednesdays) - this will include seminar and lecture style sessions alongside live practice that will cover teaching theory, teaching techniques, pedagogy and academic literature.
In-school teaching - for the remaining four days of the week, you will be in your main placement school planning for, preparing and delivering lessons as well observing and supporting the lessons of other teachers (usually those of your mentor). You will also take part in the day to day running of the school which includes form times, duties and meetings. You will undertake observations during the time in which you are not teaching.
For the majority of the school year, you will be in your main placement school (this will be Reach Academy Feltham or a local partner school likely to be in the Hounslow Borough). You will complete a short placement in a second school during the year to gain experience of another school context.
Who should apply?
We truly believe that teaching is a wonderful career that suits a vast range of personalities. It is a profession that will continue to be strengthened with increased diversity. Therefore, we believe anyone of any background could train to teach but that the following characteristics are essential to strong teaching:
- Passion for learning and sharing knowledge
- Great communication skills
- Resilience (for a career that can be very challenging)
- Ability to build relationships
- The ability to take on board feedback and a desire to improve
To complete Teacher Training, you also need to:
- Have a grade C or above in Maths and English language GCSE;
- Hold (or will hold) an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
To train as a Primary Teacher you must also have a grade C or above in science GCSE. To be a secondary teacher, you must ideally have a degree strongly related to the subject that you wish to teach (failing this, a related A-Level or equivalent may be considered in special circumstances e.g. if you wish to teach Maths but your degree is in economics, you would normally be required to have a Maths A-Level).
How do I apply?
To apply, simply go to https://www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses and search for ‘Reach Academy Feltham’ as the name of the teacher training provider. Click on your chosen course, and then click on ‘Apply for this course'. You will then be taken to UCAS to submit your application where you will need to select Reach Academy Feltham as one of your choices.
NB - you will need to have two references ready as part of the application process. If you are intending to train at the school at which you are already employed, one of your references must be the head teacher at your current school.
We like to hear from recent graduates or career changers interested in getting into teaching. And we would love to hear from you if you are currently working in a school as a teaching assistant and wish to train to teach in your current school. We have a well-trodden path that has set a number of people up for success in their careers since we opened in 2012.