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“Our Associate Teachers are an asset to our school, they are dedicated hardworking individuals. It is clear that the selection process is identifying and appointing quality applicants. The training programme is exceptional, as they have access to the same quality trainers that we use for our own staff and there is also an excellent support system in place.”
Sarah Curtis – Headteacher – Meadow Primary School
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Please click on the following link to apply for our School Direct Teacher Training Programme
Click on the Teacher Training tab and search for: St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Sherbourne Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 5EW (22A)
How We Select Our Trainees
UCAS ITT forms are carefully screened to select applicants for interview. Strategic Partners and the Lead School of the Ignite Teaching School Alliance will consider how much recent experience applicants have had in Primary schools, academic qualifications including predictions, personal qualities and suitability for teaching, and additional interests and experiences.
Ignite TSA will also contact referees provided by applicants. It is highly desirable that one referee is a Headteacher, or senior teacher of a school where you have gained experience.
Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Offers of places cannot be made until an interview has taken place. If an applicant cannot attend the specified interview date, an alternative date may be given, subject to places remaining.
The interview process consists of formal questions, where you will asked to share your experiences of working with children and demonstrate your understanding of Primary Education and the role of a teacher.
You will also be expected to show your ability to work effectively with children. This will involve a task where you will be observed working with children, for example, sharing a book of your choice with a particular year group or working on a task with representatives of the school council.
The process will also consist of an English and Maths task. All details of the process will be fully explained before you attend your interview.
About This Training Programme
This training programme has been developed by Ignite Teaching School Alliance in conjunction with the University of Chester.
It is a one-year, full-time programme, which leads to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Primary) of the University of Chester.
The programme lasts a year, with a minimum of 120 school based learning days – approximately 90 in your main placement, with a further 30 in an alternative placement. Placements will be in different Key Stages.
There will be a further training days held at Chester University as well as days held at venues organised by Ignite Teaching School Alliance. Achievement of a PGCE Primary Award enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is awarded by the General Teaching Council.