Teacher Training

Initial Teaching Training at Windsor Academy Trust

At Windsor Academy Trust we want to help you to develop a rich and rewarding career in teaching. If you join us, you will have a range of experiences open to you and a hugely supportive programme of professional development that will support you from being a trainee teacher, through your NQT years and right through those early years of teaching.

Whether you are fast tracking through to early leadership or honing your teaching craft, you will find you are fully supported with a variety of roles open to you across the primary and secondary schools in our Academy Trust.

School Direct Initial Teacher Training Programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham

Windsor Academy Trust offers the School Direct initial teacher training programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham. We work with the University in recruiting and selecting trainees and provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Primary level and PGDipEd with QTS at Secondary level. Applicants apply directly to a Windsor Academy Trust and undertake their placements within our family of schools.

Applications can be made via UCAS for the following School Direct training places:

  • Primary,
  • Secondary English,
  • Secondary Maths,
  • Secondary Biology,
  • Secondary Chemistry,
  • Secondary Physics,
  • Secondary Modern Foreign Languages,
  • Secondary Geography,
  • Secondary History.

Students on our School Direct routes have placements within our family of schools which include the following secondary schools:

and the following primary schools:

The secondary route includes two main school placements and the primary route includes three main school placements.

Students on School Direct primary routes will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master's level. Students on the secondary programmes undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master's level.

Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies.

External Initial Teacher Training Partners

As well as offering our own School Direct initial teacher training programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham, we have three strategic partners who we work closely with to offer school placements as part of their training programmes:

University of Birmingham

Haybridge Alliance SCITT

St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance

Teach First - We work closely with Teach First, as a number of schools within Windsor Academy Trust can take Teach First trainees. Teach First aims to raise aspirations of our youngsters and ensure they have equal opportunities in education and in life, no matter what their economic background.

Support and Development

A wide range of staff are involved in Initial Teacher Training at Windsor Academy Trust. WAT has a Trust Lead for Early Career Teaching who has overall responsibility for trainees and each school has a lead mentor who has overall responsibility for trainees in their school. All trainees are assigned a trained mentor within their faculty at each of their school placements. All the training is led by experienced facilitators with a wealth of current experience leading to high quality professional and pastoral support that takes account of your well-being in your important training year.

We believe that the initial teacher training year is important in terms of giving new teachers a solid foundation in their craft of teaching. It is also an important time for the creation of networks of like-minded teachers who will be colleagues and friends for the future, supporting one another and growing together.

The principles which underpin the design of our programme are captured well by the following Judith Little quote:

“You know you are in a good school when

  • Teachers TALK about teaching
  • Teachers OBSERVE each other teach
  • Teachers plan, organise and evaluate TOGETHER
  • Teachers teach each other”

Windsor Academy Trust will provide each trainee with:

  • A supportive environment which offers a fair, consistent approach to the professional support and assessment of all trainees.
  • Time management which takes account of individual training needs.
  • A wide range of experiences and developmental opportunities in the classroom and across Windsor Academy Trust appropriate to their programme.
  • A secure foundation for entry to the profession through facilitating the observation of a range of good practice and the opportunity to practice acquired skills themselves.
  • A graduated timetable, allowing increased teaching responsibility.
  • A programme of induction with a focus on the WAT Teaching and Learning Cycle.
  • The opportunity to attend our initial teacher training conference focussing on managing low level disruption.
  • The opportunity to attend Windsor Academy Trust conference which involves all staff from across our family of schools and a range of guest speakers.
  • The opportunity to observe examples of excellent practice in all areas of the teaching process.
  • The support of peers who share their successes.

Dedicated mentor support which will include:

  • Regular meetings to set and review targets
  • Guidance for successfully meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status
  • Informal lesson observations and discussion about good practice
  • Formal lesson observations with written feedback and the opportunity for discussion and reflection

If you would like any further information about training at Windsor Academy Trust, please contact Chris Wallbank (Trust Lead for Early Career Teaching) for more information via email: cwallbank@kingswinford.windsoracademytrust.org.uk

School Experience

If you are looking for a school placement and experience prior to a teaching application, please contact Chris Wallbank at cwallbank@kingswinford.windsoracademytrust.org.uk. Windsor Academy Trust offers a variety of opportunities every term across our family of schools.


Investing in NQTs is crucial to provide the firmest foundation in those first, formative years of teaching. We offer separate programmes for both Primary and Secondary NQTs.

You will develop your capabilities to plan and structure engaging lessons, that differentiate for the variety of groups in your class and use the latest technology and tools available. You will explore how to create a captivating climate for learning and how to handle low level disruption, as well as considering your important role in Safeguarding and supporting children with Special Educational Needs.

The programmes are run as a series of twilight sessions throughout the year to minimise impact on the classroom, plus you will utilise IRIS technology to reflect on your classroom practice in your own setting.

All development is led by experienced facilitators with a wealth of current experience leading to high quality professional and pastoral support that takes account of your well-being in your important NQT year.

Both the Primary and Secondary delegates might also like to attend a key NQT conference run annually in the Autumn term.

What will an NQT get?

• The latest on Teaching and Learning
• Strategies for behaviour management
• Reflections on pastoral care
• A programme which is challenging yet supportive
• The support of peers who share their successes
• Support to put learning into practice in your classroom or department.

For more information or to book on the NQT programme contact ahalford@windsoracademytrust.org.uk.

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