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Routes into teaching

Training to teach

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 2 types of training places:

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 dependent upon your degree subject and class.

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 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 a number of subjects should you need to develop your subject knowledge.

Training places are currently available in the following subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Chemistry (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Physics With Mathematics
  • Religious Education

Training to teach in primary schools

Both the Forest Learning Alliance School Direct Partnership (lead by Uplands Primary School) and the Bracknell Forest Partnership have primary training places within Bracknell Forest co-educational primary schools with nurseries for potential teachers.

How to apply

Application for entry is through UCAS. Applicants will be able to apply for a maximum of 3 School Direct places in the first round.

Please visit the student finance pages on GOV.UK 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 Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses can be found on their website. The university also runs information evenings each month for interested candidates.

Contact information

School Recruitment Team

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