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Applying to a #TrainToTeach programme

Applying to a #TrainToTeach programme

October 29th 2015

A word of warning. This is not a ‘nuts and bolts of UCAS’ process. You can find that elsewhere and I am sure that guidance is crucial. This post is a heartfelt plea to potential applicants to do the right thing.

As you wander through the labyrinth of wanting to become a teacher and successfully overcoming the minotaur of the skills tests, and so on, can I remind you of one key point.

You are applying to teach in a school with the ambition of becoming an outstanding teacher to the children in your care. This is a profession not just a vocation. This is not a charity. This is not 6 weeks off and working 8.30 until 3.20. This is not just being a teacher of your subject.  This is a hardworking, rewarding, skilled profession that has a multitude of strands.

It is crucial that you reflect this in your application.

My research base for this post is many years of sifting through applications, and the gaps demonstrated by unsuccessful candidates are very clear. These are the guidance points I would offer:

1)      Ensure you can communicate that you have the capacity to acquire the subject knowledge required for your programme.

Clearly as a potential English Teacher you may not have read some of the texts to be studied at GCSE for quite some time. But you will have gone into schools and found out what the texts are, and be able to talk about this. As a potential maths teacher you may not have experienced the finer nuances of circle theorems for quite a while, but your qualifications, attitude and skills will show that you will be able to attain mastery of this in the future.

2)      Ensure that you have the school experience to understand the wider role of the teacher. For example if you are asked ‘what does a teacher do?’ answers like ‘inspire, motivate and bring my subject to life’ need to be backed up with ‘planning, role of the tutor, duties and resource preparation.’ 

3)      Make sure your references are relevant to the teaching programme and really show your capacity to be a successful teacher. Ideally this might include a Curriculum Leader or Teacher from a school where you have gained school experience, buy certainly someone who can support what you are saying in your personal statement.

4)      If you are moving from the role as a cover supervisor or LSA, make sure you communicate how are you going to translate your skills into the role of a trainee teacher.

In summary, as a lead of a teacher training programme I always welcome applications and I am keen to meet potential new teachers. What is truly inspirational is meeting new colleagues who have great potential and have researched the world into which they are going to step. 

We are very keen to build relatonships and support those who are considering making an application to us. Please do register with us and perhaps arrange to have some school experience in ours, or one of our partner schools.

Justin Coad, Director of Teacher Training at Teach@Weydon

Other posts of interest

Why choose a school-led teacher training programme?

Who switched you on to Physics?

Keep on bouncing: a trainee's perspective on resilience

Reflections by a PGCE trainee


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