The Secondary Partnership
The University of Reading works in partnership with approximately 100 schools each year to provide secondary Initial Teacher Education (ITE).
This partnership involves schools and the University working together to plan and deliver the secondary PGCE course as part of which students spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in partnership schools as well as offering training via the School Direct route.
Benefits of working with the Reading IoE Secondary Partnership
- Trainee teachers bring energy and enthusiasm and can demonstrate new learning strategies in areas where we lead on innovative practice
- Mentoring provides teaching staff with opportunities for CPD
- Recruitment – schools have the opportunity to talent spot good trainees while accommodating Student Teachers on placement
- Early Career Teachers (ECTs) who begin their teaching career in a school that hosted them on placement are already part of the school community, which is good for staff retention
Our distinctive Secondary PGCE courses are all planned and delivered in collaboration with our partner schools. Student Teachers are required to carry out placements in different age groups, building their confidence in the classroom and gaining practical teaching experience.
- PGCE Secondary Education (Art & Design)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Computer Science)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Design & Technology
- PGCE Secondary Education (Drama)
- PGCE Secondary Education (English)
- PGCE Secondary Education (History)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Mathematics)
- PGCE Secondary Education (French)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Geography)
- PGCE Secondary Education (German)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Spanish)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Music)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Physical Education)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Religious Education)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Science: Biology)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Science: Chemistry)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Science: Physics)
- PGCE Secondary Education (Physics with Mathematics)
School Direct is a one-year, postgraduate route into becoming a teacher which allows you to ‘grow your own’ teachers. Student Teachers are embedded within your school community for most of the year, immersing themselves in teaching and learning within your school. They also attend University for central training, and carry out a contrasting school placement. Trainees can be employed members of staff or tuition-fee funded, meaning that they fund their own fees.
As an experienced teacher it is possible to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) without additional training through the Assessment Only route. The route to QTS is only available to teachers who have substantial experience of teaching in either the public or private sector but do not already have QTS.
As many schools are unfamiliar with Assessment Only we are very happy to talk to school leaders about the route and its process.
Find out more about the Assessment Only route
Our School Direct Partner Schools/Consortia
Maiden Erlegh Institute: Lead school Maiden Erlegh
Burnham Teaching Partnership: Lead school Burnham Grammar School (Slough)
Bracknell Forest Partnership: Lead school Ranelagh School (Bracknell Forest)
Court Moor Partnership: Lead school Court Moor School, Fleet (N Hants)
North East Hants Consortium: Lead school Calthorpe Park School, Fleet (N Hants)
Teach Slough: Lead school Upton Court Grammar School (Slough)
The Trinity Partnership: Lead school The Trinity School, Newbury (West Berks)
Two Counties Partnership: Lead school The Willink School (West Berks)
Wokingham Federation: Lead school The Piggott School (Wokingham)
If you are interested in mentoring a secondary trainee within your school or setting, please contact our placements coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions
What scholarships are available for applicants to apply for?
Scholarships are available in computing, chemistry, mathematics and physics to support Student Teachers through their teacher training year starting in autumn 2022. Please remind applicants of this opportunity, and that they will need to make a separate application to the relevant professional body.
Along with tax-free funding of £26,000, successful applicants will also receive a support programme from their appropriate professional body. ITE applicants will need to apply to the relevant professional body for a scholarship place and meet the eligibility and assessment criteria.
Further scholarship details, including application processes and eligibility
More information on postgraduate bursaries and scholarships
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