© 2016 by Redbridge Community School

Be reassured, you’re not alone.

 

There’s no such thing as a standard applicant.

 

Our trainee teachers join from previous careers, straight out of University and after career breaks.

 

For them, and no doubt for you too, it can be a scary time. There will be the anxiety that comes with any big life decision, as well as the entirely natural concerns about whether the finances are going to add up.

 

You’ll receive huge amounts of support from your fellow trainee teachers, the university tutors and your home school – you’re part of their family now and they’ll always go the extra mile for you.

 

The University of Southampton backs all this up with world class theory and knowledge, giving you the best start possible.

David Crowley

Noadswood School

Head of Faculty Science and Computing

 

How did you get into teaching?

Having graduated from university with a scientific degree I spent a little time working for a large pharmaceutical company: the job, although rewarding, didn’t satisfy the way I wanted my career to go, at which point I looked into a PGCE Science at the University of Southampton.

How was the move into the profession?

Upon my initial qualification (after an amazing experience working with so many young people) I took my skill set into industry working for the BBC in a very junior role. A few months into this, my PGCE link-school mentor mentioned a job opportunity at my placement school, and I jumped straight in. The first few years were really hard work, however there is nothing like the sense of achievement seeing young pupils flourish and develop in their own learning journeys. I’ve experienced teaching from a new PGCE student to a member of SLT, and can say at every step there are new challenges, yet the rewards get better and better. From my perspective, coming into the profession was the best decision I ever made.

 

What would you say to another career changer?

Having experience in other walks of life is a real benefit to teaching, and you’ll find the pupils will want to know a little about you and the previous occupations you had. Teaching can be hectic! And you’ll know if it is right for you very early on. But when you’re on the journey and things begin to fall into place, you’ll never look back.

 We offer a one year School Direct training

programme which equips you to become a secondary

school teacher. Nationally, this is a popular option

with trainee teachers. In 2015, over half of

postgraduate initial teacher training courses were

school-led.

 

Our trainee teachers pay £9,000 for their training.

That’s a fixed cost, it’s the same across the country.

 

 The good news is there has never been a better

time to train as a teacher. Depending on your

qualifications, and the course you choose, there are

 tax-free bursaries and loans and grants available while you train. You can use this money to pay your fees and cover

your living costs.

We offer a one year School Direct training

programme which equips you to become a secondary

school teacher. Nationally, this is a popular option

with trainee teachers. Currently, over half of

postgraduate initial teacher training courses are

school-led.

Our trainee teachers pay £9,250 for their training.

That’s a fixed cost, it’s the same across the country.

The good news is there has never been a better

time to train as a teacher. Depending on your qualifications, and the course you choose, there are tax-free bursaries and loans and grants available while you train. You can use this money to pay your fees and cover your living costs.

 
 

 We offer exciting secondary school placements in your area. It helps you build contacts and connections locally and, once qualified, you’ re more likely to secure a job close to home.

 

During your training, you’ll enjoy two contrasting placements, perhaps grammar and comprehensive, or maybe rural and large urban. You’ll love the variety of our home schools. From inner cities to the doorsteps of National Parks. We’ve got it all.

 

We have home schools in a triangle roughly stretching between Salisbury, Southampton and Poole. You never have too far to travel, keeping costs down and allowing you to concentrate on gaining vital knowledge and experience.

Just click the links below to email the school you are interested in applying to for more information.