As part of United Learning, Swindon Academy offers teacher training through our Group-wide programme, United Teaching, a bespoke teacher training course, run in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, who award the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
United Teaching offers you the opportunity to train while you teach. This way you can get the teaching qualifications you need without going back to university, and without delaying the start to your career. You can train for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on its own, or you can go for a PGCE as well, earning 60 Masters-level credits along the way.
United Teaching is led by Paddington Academy. The staff who deliver the teacher training at Paddington are the very best classroom practitioners. They have trained at Paddington themselves and lead national initiatives in pedagogical research and development. Paddington Academy is supported by our Northern Hub school, Stockport Academy. Primary training is led by Guildford High School and Hanwell Fields Community school.
The course starts with a two-week summer school in August based in our lead schools, Paddington Academy and Stockport Academy. You will then spend your academic year in your host school (where you train throughout the year) with additional training one afternoon each week at your lead school, complete a second placement, and attend up to three conferences. Assessment will continue throughout the course, based on your classroom experience and achievement measured against the DFE Teaching Standards, while your academic PGCSE study will comprise of two academic assignments, assessed by Goldsmiths.
Why United Teaching?
Our guiding philosophy, the best in everyone, enables us to set the standard for excellence in education that we expect in United Learning schools. Just as importantly, it brings out the best in you as a teacher. We value you, work with your talent and passion, and challenge and stretch you. Which means that together, we can provide genuinely excellent education. Our schools, leaders and colleagues progress. And our students leave us with the qualifications – and the character – that they need to succeed. For you, the best in everyone means learning of a much greater depth. With United Teaching, you gain more than just QTS: you will receive the skills and qualifications to begin your career as a teacher within United Learning.
Where to train
As well as training at Swindon Academy, United Learning has over 50 schools across the UK, at any of which you may apply to train.
To find out more about United Teaching, please visit our website.