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Teacher Training FAQ

When should I apply?

Do I need School Experience prior to interview?

What does the interview process entail?

What qualification will I get?

How likely is it that I will be employed at the end of the programme?

What are the programme fees?

Do we offer the salaried School Direct programme?

What is the difference between Teach@Weydon SCITT and School Direct at Weydon?

When should I apply?

We interview candidates throughout the year, although early applications for any teacher training programme are encouraged. This is for two reasons. Firstly, the allocation system for teacher training places has changed this year and no one knows yet how this will affect availability of places across the country. Secondly, as places in our partner schools are allocated for a subject, there is less choice over where your main training placement will be. This is less of a problem if you are not tied down by location, but if travelling is an obstacle, an early application is more critical.

Do I need School Experience prior to interview?

You need to have ten days school experience prior to commencement of the programme. The more of this that has been achieved prior to application, the better. This will reinforce your decision that teacher  training is the right choice for you. If you are gaining experience with Weydon, or one of our partnership schools, you will be building a positive relationship with us and hopefully affirming your decision to apply to our programme.

During your experience, you should try to talk with current trainees, experienced teachers and observe teachers from within your subject specialism and across the broader curriculum. You should use  the time to reflect on your subject knowledge strengths and weaknesses, what sort of teacher you might be and how what you learn might influence how you approach the interview.

Your school experience should be reflected upon in your personal statement and during interview.

For more information about the School Experience Programme, please follow this link.

For more information about making an application, our blog contains some useful hints.

What does the interview process entail?

We hope that by having applied to us, you will be fairly certain that we are the teacher training provider to which you wish to commit. The interview is another opportunity for you to test this.

From our point of view, we wish to establish:

  • You have an aptitude for becoming an outstanding teacher
  • You have very good subject knowledge or the capacity and commitment to achieve this
  • You are able to quickly establish positive relationships with peers and young people
  • You understand the role of the teacher, the demands  of the training programme and the resilience to complete the programme
  • You are able to communicate effectively

Having successfully being invited to interview, you will be asked to undertake a series tasks to enable us to assess this. You will be tested on your subject knowledge, and asked to write a piece of written English. You will teach a small group of students a topic you will have prepared in advance. You will then have a formal interview which will provide further opportunities to establish your potential for success on the programme.

If you are successful at this stage, we you will be invited to interview at the school in which you will be placed during your training year. This will involve teaching a lesson over a longer duration, to a larger group of students. You will spend some time getting to know the subject team in the placement school and have a second formal interview.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be offered a place on the programme. This may be conditional on factors such as undertaking a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme and will be dependent on your particular circumstance.

What qualification will I get?

You will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and gain a PGCE.

How likely is it that I will be employed at the end of the programme?

The principal behind the programme is that you will be employed within the partnership once you have qualified. Although this cannot be guaranteed, and you will not be tied in to the partnership, 100% of the 2014 cohort of trainees gained employment at the end of the programme. 92% of the trainees were employed by partnership schools and 75% were employed by one of the schools in which the trainee was placed during the year.

What are the programme fees?

Programme fees are currently set at £9000 with  an additional charge of £200 to cover administrative costs.

Do we offer the salaried School Direct programme?

We currently do not offer any salaried places. Salaried placements often require trainees to teach classes without support from the outset. We believe that a more supported approach is the most effective way to ensure you reach your potential. With the generous tax-free bursaries and scholarships that are available, a salaried place is often less well remunerated than were you to take the non-salaried route.

For more information about bursaries, follow this link.

What is the difference between Teach@Weydon SCITT and School Direct at Weydon?

From the point of view of the trainee, there is no difference other than how you apply. For SCITT subjects you apply through UCAS to Teach@Weydon. For all other subjects, you apply through UCAS to Weydon (School Direct). To find out whether you apply to Teach@Weydon or Weydon, please look at the individual subject pages.

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