English School Direct Teacher Training Programme

Southampton, Hampshire
13 Nov 2018
13 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Bitterne Park Teaching School Alliance is a growing partnership comprising a diverse range of primary and secondary schools across Hampshire and Wiltshire which present dynamic and exciting training possibilities for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching.  Our School Direct training programme is delivered in partnership with the Universities of Southampton and Chichester and combines the best elements of a traditional university-led PGCE training model with the benefits of a school-centred approach.  Our partner universities have a long-established record of excellent initial teacher training, and successful completion of our course will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).  The programme also contributes towards a Master’s level qualification.

Training with us means you will receive a comprehensive induction at the start of the course, a progressive training programme delivered throughout the year and a second school placement in a contrasting school. Throughout the programme, you will be supported by a highly skilled and trained curriculum mentor, a professional mentor and a university tutor.  We are proud to celebrate a 100% employment record for trainees completing our programme in 2017-18.


  • Reflect on the process of why English is taught as a distinct subject within the curriculum, and critically analyse the purpose it serves in the broader education of secondary pupils at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.
  • Extend your knowledge, skills and understanding of English, and recognise how the secondary English curriculum is structured, using research findings and theoretical sources to analyse this structure.
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the essential range of teaching styles and approaches, including reasons for adopting each and their appropriate use, and analyse the potential effectiveness of each in the light of different pedagogical models.
  • Learn to plan effectively in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum and other related subject guidance.
  • Be reflective and in control of your own discourse as regards the relationship of English to various curriculum initiatives and issues.
  • Develop insights into individual pupils learning and progression.

About You

  • You should have an honours degree from a UK university, higher education institution or an acceptable recognised equivalent, with a minimum of a 2:2 or above, or be in the final year of your degree with a predicted grade of 2:2 or above. If you require a NARIC Statement of Comparability to confirm the recognition of an overseas qualification and its comparable level in the UK, you are strongly encouraged to apply for this prior to applying through UCAS Teacher Training.
  • For our secondary programme, the subject content of your degree should meet the requirements of your chosen specialist subject. If your degree subject is not close enough to the subject you want to teach, or you need a refresher focused on the 11-18 curriculum, Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available in some subjects. Please contact us for further information on SKE courses.
  • You should have at least GCSE grade C or 4 in English and mathematics, (or English, mathematics and a science subject if applying for primary) or an acceptable recognised equivalent.
  • You should be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English.
  • Ideally, you should have some practical, recent school-based experience. We are happy to arrange this for you.
  • At least 50% of your degree content should be in English.

Tip: Solent Futures, Solent University’s employability and enterprise service advises that you ensure your CV is the best it can be before you submit it. Look at our online guide or email solent.futures@solent.ac.uk for feedback. You might want to visit us in RM 001 11am – 4pm to get your CV checked and, if you are invited for interview, to arrange for a mock interview.

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