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Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance

Primary - About The Course

Ofsted 'Outstanding' November 2018 with excellent pass and employability rates. 

You can train to be either a mainstream or SEND primary teacher so please state your preference in your application. Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching.  Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory and pedagogy sessions delivered at our dedicated training centre. 80% of your training is based in school which is why our trainees have such a strong reputation for employment. Four days a week in school and formal training on day five. 

We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so we  interview with a partner school so you feel part of their community before you officially start. 

To ensure you have the best start in school we deliver pre-course training on 12 and 13 July training starts 31st August, 1st & 2nd September 2022 before starting in school in September. These training days are delivered in our dedicated training centre where you will meet fellow trainees, gain an understanding of the programme and receive the underpinning training that best prepares you for your first few days in school e.g. behaviour management, lesson observations, Teacher's Standards etc. Our trainees say they really value these sessions. 

Every trainee is allocated a mentor who is a highly-experienced teacher and will offer personalised support and guidance throughout the year. Weekly mentor meetings will focus on setting short and long-term targets as well as reviewing your progress against the Teachers' Standards. You will feel like a valued member of staff as you will attend staff meetings and school training sessions. Assessment takes place in a variety of forms e.g. weekly formal lesson observations, weekly review meetings, academic assignments and gathering evidence towards the Teachers Standards. 

You will be assigned a host school for the autumn and summer term and in the spring term you will spend a minimum 6 weeks in another school to teach in another Key Stage. All school placements are discussed with you and organised by the Teaching School Alliance. 

On successful completion you will achieve a PGCE with QTS. We are proud of our strong track record and that many of our alumni trainees are now mentors on our programme. 

If you want to be part of our success, then join us on your journey to teaching.