Why train with us?

By offering the opportunity to embark on a Teaching Career with Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, we know that by recruiting the very best individuals who are committed to the profession, we will make a positive difference to the lives of future generations. Such a strong moral compass highlights that ‘collaboration and networking’ are at the core of our Teaching School Alliance and recognises the importance of working together for ‘the greater good’.
We have a strong partnership of schools covering Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. All of our schools are incredibly experienced in welcoming and nurturing Trainee Teachers. From day one, you will be made to feel part of the team and will be surrounded by committed professionals who are dedicated to making a difference.
As well as receiving excellent support from our mentors in school, all Trainee Teachers within our partnership are offered a weekly CPDT Programme which supplements the University programme. These CPDT sessions offer Trainee Teachers the opportunity to learn from practitioners who are experts in their field and also allows time to share best practice and network with other colleagues.

Examples of topics covered during the weekly CPDT:
  What does Learning look like in school?
  Working with TAs; Mentors; and SENCO
  What does differentiation look like in the classroom?
  Using Assistive Technology to support Learning and Teaching
  School and Departmental use of Data, DATA dashboard, Raise on line

Feedback from weekly CPDT:
  “Most useful thing I’ve heard since starting my course”
  “This was so useful- I can use all of the methods presented”
  “More sessions like this please”
  “Awesome delivery”

Why choose our School Direct Route?

You will follow exactly the same programme as your fellow University trainees on the more traditional PGCE route with the added benefit of having the support of Blackfriars Teaching School with you all the way. We believe in operating an open door policy where you will feel safe asking questions, making suggestions or discussing concerns. No question is too silly and we have a wealth of incredibly experienced teaching staff who are keen to share their craft with you.
Further on in this brochure you will find our consortium school profiles along with the University providers that they work with and the subject areas on offer. To help you make the right choice, we can arrange visits to our schools so that you can get a feel for their school environment and to help you decide if it is the right fit for you.
Our School Direct programmes are also a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role within the local area, with a high proportion of trainees securing positions in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire.
When you choose the School Direct Route with Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, to help you meet the work experience element of the entry requirements, we can also facilitate ‘taster days/ weeks’ in schools, whether this be mainstream or special.
“I have had lots of support along the way from my head teacher, school colleagues, my mentor, and my tutor, who were always ready to offer support and advice and to boost my self-esteem, when things did not go according to plan. My self-confidence has grown enormously through the whole process, thanks to the guidance and support of the whole team.”

What we are looking for in a potential teacher

We are looking for energetic and skilled individuals who have a real passion and commitment to working with children and young people. Individuals who:
 Have a strong knowledge in their particular subject area and the National Curriculum;
 Are good at explaining things to others;
 Enjoy working with a wide range of people;
 Are enthusiastic;
 Are good time-managers;
 Have the ability to work in a team as well as using your own initiative;
 Keep cool under pressure;
 Have patience and a good sense of humour;
 Cope well with change;
 Enjoy a challenge;
 Want to make a positive difference to the lives of young people;
 Are creative;
 Are able to share their knowledge with others;
 Are good listeners

Our entry requirements

Entry to our programmes are conditional on:
Achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent);
Passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent);
Successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy (these are a pre-entry requirement);
You'll be expected to have several weeks of recent work experience in a UK secondary school and you must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject curriculum specialism.
A medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory;
Satisfactory references;
Selection for interview is based on the information provided on the UCAS Teacher Training application. We recommend you submit a well-considered personal statement on the UCAS application form as this is a key part of the short listing process;
Final selection is based on a successful interview (the final stage of the recruitment and selection process involves an interview. This is normally conducted in your selected school/academy where you will undertake a formal interview and will also include an activity that involves working with learners in an educational setting – usually a micro-teach);

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