Initial Teacher Training

The Bournemouth Poole & Dorset Teacher Training Partnership is a consortium of schools offering initial teacher training in the secondary age range.

The Lead School for the partnership is Twynham School, Christchurch, which has been accredited by the Department for Education to deliver a full-time one-year training course running from September to July. Successful completion of this training brings with it the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) validated by the University of Winchester.

A distinctive feature of the BPD training is the focus on carefully staged and appropriately supervised practical classroom experience within two contrasting secondary schools, which is further supported by academic and professional study delivered via central training.

What subjects are on offer?

We offer the SCITT course in the following subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Design & Technology (Product Design)
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages  (French, German and Spanish)
  • Music
  • PE
  • RE
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

However, other subjects may become available in response to needs identified by schools and subject to approval by the Department for Education.

Which schools do we work with?

Schools in the Partnership are drawn from across the Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and New Forest region. The current schools are:

  • Avonbourne College, Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth School
  • Bournemouth School for Girls
  • Ferndown Upper School
  • Highcliffe School
  • Linwood School, Bournemouth
  • Lytchett Minster School
  • Priestlands School, Lymington
  • St Edwards RC CE School, Poole
  • The Arnewood School, New Milton
  • The Grange School, Christchurch
  • The Swanage School
  • Twynham School (the Lead School)
  • Victoria Education Centre, Poole

How does the SCITT Programme work?

The course runs for thirty-seven weeks from September to July. During this time, trainees spend the majority of their time in school. Ten weeks are spent at the “First School” and twenty weeks at the “Main School”, with a total of seven weeks of central and university-based training. A short special school experience is integrated into the school placements in order to give trainees a real feel for this area of speciality.

Central training, delivered on site at Twynham School, is divided between Professional Studies (PS) and Subject Pedagogy (SP). The PS programme considers themes which apply across all subjects, such as behaviour management, assessment, SEN and pastoral work. The SP programme focuses on specific issues relating to the teaching of the different subjects in schools.

Are there any entry requirements?

Yes. The minimum entry requirements are:

An honours degree at 2.2 or above, the subject content of which must meet the requirements of the chosen subject specialism.

GCSE grade 4/C in English and Maths, or acceptable recognised equivalent.

Passing the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy.

In addition, we look for some practical experience with young people in the 11-18 age range.

How can I apply?

All applications must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training system.

Visit www.ucas.comApplications open in October and may be made at any time throughout the year. We consider each candidate against the entry requirements and those shortlisted are invited to interview. Interviews take place at a lead school for the subject chosen and normally include interaction with pupils, a subject interview and a formal panel interview.

Visit www.bpdscitt.org.uk