The Wessex Schools Training Partnership (WSTP) is a provider of School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in Dorset. We are committed to providing high quality teacher training in order to provide a source of well qualified secondary school teachers in the Poole and Bournemouth area.
WSTP offers a school based alternative to the traditional university based route for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in secondary schools. The training programme lasts for one year. It is based on gaining practical teaching experience in the classroom. This is underpinned by a wealth of support from experienced professionals who provide mentoring, seminars and tutorials to develop the skills needed to teach effectively. Trainees will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or PGCE via Bath Spa University (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) by the end of the programme.
WSTP would prefer to consider applicants who have some experience of working with young people, though this is not essential. The application will be strengthened if any of the following are included:
Experience of teaching or training young people and/or adults.
Working as a Teaching Assistant of a Cover Supervisor.
Voluntary work with young groups e.g. Guides or Scouts.
Acting as a classroom helper or teacher's aide.
Poole High School and Wessex Schools Training Partnership, as an accredited provider of initial teacher education will be offering the School Direct training programme.
Poole High School works in very close partnership with local schools to deliver School Direct.
Our next training programme will run from September 2015 to July 2014.
Our tuition fees for non-salaried places are £9,000.
If you have any queries, please contact Kirstin Brooks by phone on 01202 662038 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our very best to help you.
WSTP offers 'on the job' training through a well structured programme that has been designed around gaining classroom experience in two different schools within the partnership.
WSTP will secure your school placements within the partnership schools and provide a laptop for the duration of the training.
In addition to the classroom experience, the training is supported by professionals, who through a series of seminars and tutorials will help trainees to develop the skills to teach effectively. Each trainee will be assigned their own mentor who will guide the trainee through the course. Also visiting tutors will provide additional pedagogic support and advice through formal observations and feedback sessions.
The training programme and the outcomes will be moderated by the Bath Spa University to ensure consistency of provision.
Geography Trainee - 2012
The best bit is starting your main placement and having responsibility for your own classes. It means the students might not even work out that you're a trainee and you get to experience what it's really like to be at teacher from the work 'go'!
History Trainee - 2011
What a fantastic course! While on the WSTP training course I found that I was well equipped and ready to face the challenges of working in a modern day school, and provided an excellent classroom learning experience. From the theory to the in school placements, there was clear information and targets set, with friendly staff around who were always happy to help.
My main placement was at St Edwards School where I am still currently in employment. The staff there were welcoming and helpful and had been well prepared by the training partnership with how to cater for new trainees. Although you have to hit the ground running there is plenty of support from mentors, visiting mentors, administration staff and course organisers on a range of topics. The training course was enjoyable as your were part of a small but dedicated cohort who were all experiencing the same stresses and strains that this provided another support system.
I felt at the end of the course I was ready to start my NQT year full of knowledge, experience and inspiration which the course provides, and I feel I have been given all the tools to develop into an outstanding teacher.
History Trainee 2013 "The best way to get stuck in" "A challenge that brings great rewards"
History Trainee 2013
"The best way to get stuck in"
"A challenge that brings great rewards"