Training to be a teacher

Bracknell Forest schools are involved in School Direct, a teacher training route to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) whilst based within a school. Some courses also offer a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) supported by the University of Reading.

Training is open to those with a degree, plus GCSE qualifications in English and maths (science is also required at primary level). There are two types of training places:

The School Direct training programme (tuition fees)

This is open to all graduates. You will pay your own tuition fees, usually via a student loan. You could be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership dependant upon your degree subject and class.

The School Direct training programme (salaried)

This is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with work experience. You will be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school who will pay you a salary whilst you train. There is no cost to you.

Visit the Department for Education website for further details.

Training to teach in secondary schools

The Bracknell Forest Secondary School Partnership is a consortium comprising all Bracknell Forest’s secondary schools, a special school and a pupil referral unit. The partnership offers suitable candidates the opportunity to complete the School Direct training programme within the small, friendly and successful local authority of Bracknell Forest.

Your degree should be in the subject you wish to teach. Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available in French, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics should you need to develop your subject knowledge.

2016 training places are currently available in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Chemistry (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Drama
  • English (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Geography (salaried and non-salaried)
  • History
  • Mathematics (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Modern Languages (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Physics with Mathematics

Training to teach in primary schools

Uplands Primary School is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance School Direct Partnership. The partnership will work with a group of primary schools within the local area to recruit.

Applying for places

Application for entry is through UCAS via their Teacher Recruitment application portal. Applicants will be able to apply for a maximum of three School Direct places in the first round.

Please contact Student Finance England to find out about the level of funding available and to apply for a tuition fee loan.

Bracknell Forest works with the University of Reading to deliver the School Direct programme. Further information on this programme and SKE courses can be found on their website. The university also runs information evenings each month for interested candidates. 

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