Initial Teacher Training at Sir Thomas Rich's

Sir Thomas Rich’s Gloucester is a progressive grammar school offering high quality, personalised training to teachers at the start of their careers. With a reputation for academic and sporting excellence, the School attracts highly qualified trainee teachers with exceptional subject knowledge, and can offer particular expertise and guidance to those wishing to specialise in Sport, Science, Modern Languages, Humanities and the Arts.

Sir Thomas Rich’s Gloucester works closely with a number of partners to offer Initial Teacher Training (ITT). If you have a good first degree and are interested in training to be a teacher at the School, there are three main routes available to you: School Direct, GITEP and university.

Option 1: School Direct

The School Direct route is offered through Odyssey Teaching School Alliance, which is led by Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham. Odyssey School Direct teacher training is entirely school-based and is the only teacher training route in Gloucestershire that guarantees a placement at a grammar school. The year-long course results in one of two options: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only, or QTS with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), awarded by the University of Gloucestershire.

Why choose this route?

This route suits trainees with a good first degree and exceptional subject knowledge who are interested in teaching highly gifted students.

Placements

Trainees complete two placements, one at either Sir Thomas Rich’s Gloucester or Pate’s Grammar School, and one at either All Saints Academy or Tewkesbury School. Trainees can usually expect to be recruited to a permanent position at their placement school, or at one of the other schools within the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a 2:1 degree or higher, plus some recent classroom experience at secondary level. More information about training via the Odyssey School Direct route, arranging work experience and entry requirements is available on the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance website.

How to apply

All applications for the Odyssey School Direct route should be made through UCAS (search for Odyssey Teaching School Alliance courses).

Option 2: GITEP

The Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP) collaborates with all Gloucestershire state schools to provide what is known as ‘school centred initial teacher training’ (SCIIT). GITEP training is entirely school-based and lasts either a year full-time or up to two years part-time. The course results in one of two options: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only, or QTS with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), awarded by the University of Gloucestershire.

Why choose this route?

Applying through GITEP means that trainees have access to a wide range of placement schools in Gloucestershire, including those which are comprehensive, selective, mixed and single sex, urban, rural and high attaining.

Placements

The GITEP course follows much the same programme as the Odyssey School Direct course, and trainees are placed at a parent school with a twin placement at a contrasting school. While a placement at Sir Thomas Rich’s Gloucester is not guaranteed via this route, GITEP works hard to place trainees at a parent school which is in line with their training needs and is within reasonable commuting distance. At the end of the course, GITEP offers extensive help with job applications and has a virtually 100% employment rate, with over 70% of trainees being employed by GITEP’s partnership schools.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a 2:2 degree or higher for all subjects (or 2:1 for PE), along with some recent classroom experience at secondary level. More information about training, arranging work experience and entry requirements is available on the GITEP website.

How to apply

All applications for the GITEP route should be made through UCAS (search for GITEP courses).

Option 3: University

Sir Thomas Rich’s Gloucester partners with the University of Gloucestershire, the University of the West of England (UWE) and the University of Bristol to offer teacher training placements to the universities’ Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) students. University-led PGCE courses can be studied either full-time for one year or part-time over two years and result in a PGCE award with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Why choose this route?

A university course offers the opportunity to study in an academic environment for a number of weeks, and to network with other university PGCE students and access peer support.

Placements

Around one-third of the course takes place at the university and two-thirds at a minimum of two placement secondary schools. While a placement at Sir Thomas Rich’s Gloucester is not guaranteed via this route, the three universities work closely with their partner schools to allocate trainees’ to the most appropriate setting. There are opportunities for additional placements in a range of other settings, such as primary schools, further education colleges, subject-specific learning centres or special schools.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the three universities vary between a minimum 2:2 and 2:1 degree, plus some recent classroom experience at secondary level. More information about PGCE courses and entry requirements is available on the universities’ websites:

How to apply

All applications for the university route should be made through UCAS (search for University of Gloucestershire, University of Bristol or UWE courses).

Teacher training taster days

We run regular teacher training ‘taster’ days at the School, which are aimed at anyone interested in training to be a secondary school teacher in Gloucestershire. A taster day offers an opportunity to tour the school, hear from experienced and newly qualified teachers and to observe lessons. Dates will be advertised on these pages as soon as they are confirmed, but to register your interest in upcoming teacher training taster days, please email the Teaching School Marketing, Communications and Events Manager, Sara Vielvoye, on teachingschool@strs.org.uk or call 01452 338400.


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