Our teacher training placements are spread across the partnership schools. During the interview process placement schools will be discussed and decisions will be based on the applicants previous experience ensuring a diverse teaching experience is provided during training.
Poole High School – Lead School
Poole Grammar School
St Edwards RC CE VA School
Parkstone Grammar School
Carter Community School
Lytchett Minster School
Glenmoor & Winton Academies
Do I need teaching experience?
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.
Our partnership schools are more than happy to welcome potential teachers into the classroom to observe lessons and the school day. If you would like to arrange this please contact Elisa Locke -WSTP@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk
What are we looking for?
- Potential to teach – We are looking for someone who is passionate about their subject and helping people to learn about it. This person should be personable and a good communicator, with strong organisational and planning skills.
- Subject knowledge – We are looking for someone who has a genuine interest in the subject area in which they want to become a teacher. They need to be able to talk about it and identify how they can engage and motivate young learners.
- It is not necessary for the applicant to have a degree in the subject they want to teach, if it is a priority subject (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, MFL) Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)courses can be completed prior to the training programme commencing. SKE courses also attract a bursary depending on your length of course.
- A reflective practitioner – A good trainee and therefore potentially an outstanding teacher is one who can critically evaluate their practice, modify their strategy and so improve their ability to promote learning in young people. This is an ongoing methodology in the profession and is developed through professional dialogue as well as written analysis. We would be looking for evidence the applicant has all these qualities.
- Commitment to working with children – Some of strongest applicants are those who have had prior experience of working in schools as Teaching Assistants or Cover Supervisors but experience of working with sports groups, youth groups, church groups etc. is also useful.
- We are looking for someone who can communicate and work with teenagers and really enjoys helping young learners to develop their potential. It is our aim to develop the skills and attributes that will enable young people to grow into responsible adults.
- Capacity for hard work – The teaching profession requires long hours, hard work and stamina.
- We are looking for people who are committed and resilient enough to deal with the challenges that modern schools present.
- The training year is intensive and requires full commitment and enthusiasm. For those that are passionate about their subject it can be both rewarding and satisfying.
- Teaching as a career – We are looking for someone who has researched teaching as a career and is aware of changes and developments in the profession.
- Sense of humour – Teaching young people is not without its challenges and to be successful a teacher must be able to take a balanced view and ‘bounce back’ from the knocks and incidents that occur. A good sense of humour is essential.