University of Reading Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training

PGCE Places for 2016-17

Gaining a place to train as a teacher at the University of Reading and its Partnership Schools is competitive. Due to changes and developments in the recruitment process across the sector, we are currently processing a large number of applications. If you are interested in applying, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.

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At the University of Reading's Institute of Education, our programmes are distinctive in that they are all planned and delivered in collaboration with partners in schools, settings and the community. At the heart of our model of initial teacher training is the drive to produce outstanding teachers who have significant positive impact on the pupils they teach in schools with whom we work in close partnership. We aim to develop our Reading Partnership Teachers into practical, resilient, independent and reflective professionals.

Whether you are about to graduate or considering a career change, the University of Reading and its Partnership Schools offer routes into teaching that will meet your needs. For both Primary and Secondary programmes we integrate high-quality school placements with university-based study. This supports Reading Partnership Teachers who are training with us as they make the transition to professional life as a teacher, while laying the foundations for a career based on engagement with educational innovation and research.

Routes into Teaching   

With various different routes to train to be a teacher it can be a bit confusing choosing which one is best for you, so here is a summary.      
 

  • Postgraduate - University

The well-established route of gaining a PGCE is to apply to a University using UCAS. On this route training is shared between sessions taught at University, where you will learn about evidence-based principles for effective teaching, and three extensive placements in local schools where you can put these principles into practice. Information on bursaries can be found here: NCTL Bursary and Funding Information

Duration: 1 year, full time   Fees: £9,000    Outcome: PGCE and QTS

    • School Direct Training QTS only

    Lead Schools offer training based on learning on the job and lectures are attended at university. You may be eligible for a bursary depending on your subject and undergraduate degree. Information on bursaries can be found here: NCTL Bursary and Funding Information  For the School Direct route you apply to a Lead school through UCAS.

    Duration: 1 year, full time   Fees: £7,500    Outcome: QTS

    • School Direct Training PGCE

    This programme is taught through on-the job learning in schools and supporting theory taught on Campus. You may be eligible for a bursary and student loan for this programme. Information on bursaries can be found here: NCTL Bursary and Funding Information.  For the School Direct route you apply to a Lead school through UCAS.

    Duration 1 year    Fees: £9000   Outcome: PGCE & QTS

  • Postgraduate - School Direct Salaried PGCE

This programme is taught through on-the job learning in schools and supporting theory taught on Campus. For a salaried place you must have at least three years full time work experience (in any industry) after your degree. For the School Direct route you apply to a Lead school through UCAS.

Duration: 1 year, full time   Fees: Paid by School and you will receive a salary of at least £14,000 per annum.       Outcome: PGCE & QTS

  • School Direct Salaried QTS Only

This programme is taught through on-the job learning in schools, supporting theory taught on Campus. For a salaried place you must have at least three years full time work experience (in any industry) after your degree.  For the School Direct route you apply to a Lead school through UCAS.

Duration: 1 year, full time   Fees: Paid by School and you will receive a salary of at least £14,000 per annum       Outcome: QTS

  • All PGCE students also qualify for 60 Masters credits as part of their course.

Primary and Early Years ITT

All our Reading Partnership Teachers gain experience in two age ranges and may choose to take the opportunity to specialise in Early Years, French or Mathematics. Training is offered through a University-based PGCE and through School Direct - both one year, full-time courses.

Click here for further information on the University-based Primary PGCE

Click here for further information on Primary School Direct

Further information on our School Direct partners who will be offering places can be here.

Secondary ITT

We offer training in a wide range of curriculum subjects, covering the 11-18 age range. University-based and School Direct routes are fully integrated, both involving an intensive year of school placements and university-based study. Click here for further details.

 Further information on our School Direct partners who will be offering places can be here.

Troops to Teachers

TtT is a two year, employment based "advanced standing" programme leading to an honours degree with QTS. It integrates initial teacher training with continuing professional development (known as additional, personalised training).

Explore our Troops to Teachers programme,

PGCert in Education - Reflective Practice

The University of Reading is offering a PGCert in Education - Reflective Practice programme. This is suitable for either primary or secondary school teachers. You will have QTS already or you will be working towards QTS. It is designed for you to enhance your understanding of education and of teaching through Masters-level study.

To apply for this programme, please go to: www.reading.ac.uk/pgapply

Preparing to apply

Training to teach is a significant commitment and the recruitment process is rigorous. You can find advice on how to prepare yourself for your training here.

What Reading Partnership Teachers say:

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Pre - ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme provides intensive programmes for graduates who need to develop greater depth of understanding, prior to teacher training for secondary qualified teacher status. The University of Reading provides Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in the specialisms of Computer Science, Maths, Chemistry and Physics.

Primary Experience Programme

If you are a man keen to apply to Primary initial teacher training, but are not yet very familiar with life in school, you may be interested in the Primary Experience Programme. The PEP was recently launched to offer high-quality male graduates, who intend to start a primary initial teacher training (ITT) course, the opportunity to gain 10 days' valuable experience in a school. Hundreds of primary schools across the country have offered to host thousands of placements, leading men to be matched to a school offering a placement.

The PEP programme has received excellent reviews from participants and the response from schools has been outstanding.

Men can register with the Teaching Agency and onto the PEP by calling 0800 389 2500.

 

 

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