We offer initial teacher training (ITT) to graduates joining the teaching profession through our School Direct programme. As a trainee teacher you will have access to invaluable school and classroom experience that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to become an excellent class teacher. Currently we train teachers in partnership with The University of Gloucestershire.
You will have a one-year placement at one of our schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second Swindon school. In addition to learning on the job, you will attend a series of practical training sessions, which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practices away from the classroom. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who role-model outstanding practice, helping you to achieve high quality in developing your own practice. You will be assigned a mentor at your placement school and will be supported by the ITT training manager throughout the programme. We are very proud of the success of our School Direct programme and the majority of our trainees are offered a permanent role on completion of the programme.
One year (September through to June).
More information on how to apply click here
NB: To apply to the Swindon primary teacher training courses, search for Swindon and then click on Moredon Primary School, Swindon Teaching School.
When applying for School Direct places with the Swindon Teaching School ensure that you take every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.
You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with young people – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you get some before deciding to become a teacher.
You might also complete your application on the UCAS system in such a way as to:
Ahead of completing your Personal Statement you may wish to familiarise yourself with the schools within the STS Alliance by looking through our individual school websites and obtaining any official literature. Please see the STS website for the information about our alliance members.
Follow these simple guidelines and you should put yourself in a good position to be invited to attend an interview with the Swindon Teaching School, where you’ll be able to build substantially on the evidence you provide on your form. Swindon Teaching School wishes you every success with your application.
Candidate requirements (essential):
Please note: If you don’t have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.
Drove Primary Teaching School and Moredon Primary Teaching School
Applications for the 2015-16 School Direct cohorts
All applications for teacher training will now be through UCAS.
Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2016 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You may book your skills tests as soon as you have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training, this is recommended.