Initial Teacher Training

We are a partner in the Balcarras Teaching School Partnership, GITEP, Goucestershire’s leading provider of Initial Teacher Training, and Warwick University. We have an excellent mentoring programme, where you will be guided from lesson observation, to paired teaching, to going solo!

We assume that good teachers are not born, but made. Excellent mentoring from experienced and successful staff who make time for you makes this much more likely.

You will meet your mentor every week, and the school’s ITT trainer every week also. We are not just a very successful school with altruistic intentions – our aim is to train you well enough so that we can employ you when posts arrive. A high proportion of our NQTs are appointed this way.

The GITEP model typically involves you joining all the other ITT trainees in Gloucestershire on Thursdays, where you are taught as a whole cohort. In the afternoon, you are taught as subject specialists. Apart from study breaks, the rest of your time is spent in two schools.

You typically have 3 assessments, based on your practice in school. These carry credits towards and MA if you wish to pursue further study.

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