The TA to Teacher is a 2 year, school-based, salaried programme which gives trainees experience of working as a Teaching Assistant prior to gaining their PGCE with QTS. This route is delivered jointly with Premier Pathways, one of the country’s leading educational organisations.
Trainees spend the first year of the programme in employment as a Teaching Assistant in a school and follow a programme of professional development. In the second year, trainees teach between a 50-90% timetable to 2 consecutive age ranges in the school whilst undertaking the University of Buckingham’s school-based PGCE with QTS. There are three residentials (nine days overall) to attend and these are supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will be assigned a University tutor who visits once per term to assess your progress and guide your development. You will be assessed by both your mentor and your tutor and there are three assignments and a second school placement to complete.