Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
We are the Lead School for the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset (BPD) Teacher Training Partnership, which is a consortium of 16 schools offering initial teacher training in the secondary age range.
We are accredited to deliver a full-time, one year teacher training course running from September to July. The successful completion of this training will bring with it the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) validated by the University of Southampton.
A distinctive feature of our training is the focus on carefully staged and appropriately supervised practical classroom experience within two contrasting secondary schools, which is further supported by academic and professional study delivered via central training.
Please see our Taster video below which explains more about how our current trainees are finding the course:
If you would like to book a place on one of our open mornings, please telephone us on 01202 495708 or follow this link.
The BPD Partnership offers courses in the following subjects through core and School Direct training programmes:
Art and Design
Design and Technology (Product Design)
Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German)
Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Other subjects may become available in response to needs identified by schools and subject to approval by the Department of Education. The BPD Partnership also offers a School Direct (Salaried) programme where a school has identified an appropriate need and trainee.
The Arnewood School, New Milton
Corfe Hills School
The Grange School, Christchurch
Linwood School, Bournemouth
St Edward’s RC CE School, Poole
Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme
12 weeks are spent at the “First School”
18 weeks are spent at the “Main School”
7 weeks are spent on central and university-based training.
A short Special School experience is integrated into the school placements.
Central training is divided between Professional Studies (PS) and Subject Pedagogy (SP). The PS programme considers themes which apply across all subjects, such as behaviour management, assessment, SEN and pastoral work. The SP programme focuses on specific issues relating to the teaching of the subject in schools.
Assessment for the award of QTS is based on the Teachers’ Standards. Formal assessment takes place at key points throughout the year. In addition to classroom observation this includes scrutiny of the trainee’s professional development portfolio (PDP) which records the trainee’s progress and is kept as an e-portfolio. Assessment for the award of PGCE requires, in addition to the QTS assessment, the completion of written academic assignments on both subject and general professional topics.
- Support of trainees when based in school
- Meeting weekly with trainees to discuss progress and set targets
- Formative assessment of trainees’ practical work and portfolio
- Advising on final assessment
Each subject also has a Lead Subject Tutor who, in addition to supporting Subject Tutors in their work, is responsible for the delivery of the SP programme and for the final assessment of trainees. Within each school there is also a Professional Tutor, who is a senior member of staff, often a Deputy or Assistant Head, who is responsible for supporting all trainees within the school.
Finance Training bursaries are available in most subjects and are differentiated according to degree class and subject applied for. The following table summarises the training bursaries for 2016; an announcement on bursaries for 2017 is expected in October 2016.
|Subject||Scholarship||1:1 or PhD||2:1 or Masters||2:2|
|Design and Technology||N/A||£12,000||£9,000||£0|
Please note that for PE, Art & Design, Dance, and other subjects not mentioned above, no bursary is available.
For further information on financial and other matters, please contact the SCITT Partnership Office on 01202495708 or by email: email@example.com.
- An honours degree at 2.2 or above, the subject content of which must meet the requirements of the chosen subject specialism.
- At least GCSE grade C in English and Maths, or acceptable recognised equivalent.
- Passing the DFE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy
How to apply
If successful at interview, candidates may be made unconditional or conditional offers. Conditional offers may depend on the award of a degree for those in the final year of university, or on passing the Skills Tests. All offers are dependent on a satisfactory DBS and health clearance.
Further information is available from the Partnership Office on 01202 495708 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.