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Why teach with RSA Academies?

We have many opportunities across our RSA family of schools, whether it be training to teach or joining us as an experienced classroom practitioner. Any questions? Please get in touch with us: enquiries@rsaatsa.org.uk

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School Experience Days

 

Looking for a rewarding teaching career? 

 

Dates are now available to be booked through the School Experience Programme. 

Come and experience the full spectrum of Primary Education in our innovative settings.

 

We now offer every Wednesday in term time for you to come in and experience school life as a teacher.  Please use the School Experience Portal to book your place.

https://schoolexperience.education.gov.uk/

 

Testimonials

 

Going into my third year at University, I was extremely excited to learn all about my last and final placement. Little did I know I would have such an incredible time at Abbeywood First School. I am a third year student studying Primary Education at Birmingham City University and I was placed at Abbeywood First School in a Year 3 class and I loved every second of it!

 

From the very first day all of the staff were so welcoming and friendly and I really felt part of the team. I received endless amounts of support and got to take part in some fantastic opportunities to further my professional development. Every week I would experience the likes of forest school, swimming and relevant and informative staff meetings. I was lucky enough to attend several training sessions that they put on at Abbeywood Teaching School; this was a real asset as it developed my career as a trainee teacher.

 

I got the chance to teach an engaging and stimulating curriculum and loved my experience of creating a Showcase day, which allowed parents and the wider community to get involved in the children’s learning. It was a memory I will never forget and is one of my proudest achievements as a developing teacher! The incredible environment reflects through the behaviour of the children; always being so polite and friendly and never failing to make me laugh. I had the most fantastic time at Abbeywood First School and I cannot thank all of the staff and the RSA Academy for such a brilliant experience that I will never forget!

3rd Year Student

 

 

My time at Abbeywood School has been the most fantastic experience I could ask for as a student teacher. The staff are both welcoming and incredibly supportive, providing expert advice and happily supporting wherever possible. My mentor has provided me with invaluable knowledge and skills and helped provide me with an environment where I can both develop my own skills and continue teaching the students to the high standard set by the rest of the school. The support staff and administrative staff around the school match this same standard, providing high quality support around the entire school and they have helped me, in particular, settle in quickly to the routine. Overall I could not provide a high enough recommendation of Abbeywood and all the staff who work there.

Student teacher

 

To book a place please contact: http://www.rsaacademiesteachingschool.org.uk/

 

Who we are


“We have a proven track record of supporting and bringing new, talented teachers into the profession through high quality training, delivered by experienced practitioners in our outstanding schools. The tailored Professional Development programme we provide ensures that our trainees can successfully progress on their chosen career path.”


RSAA TSA
The RSAA Teaching School Alliance is led by three outstanding schools, all of which are designated teaching schools in their own right. Our schools are located in different areas throughout the West Midlands and we can offer training in Birmingham, Dudley, Coventry and Redditch (South Birmingham).
Through the Alliance of both secondary and primary schools, we provide a range of professional development opportunities to teachers at all stages of their careers. One of our main aims is to take a leading role in recruiting and providing high quality training to new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and supporting teachers on a successful career path.


Abbeywood TS
For 2019-20, we are pleased to work in collaboration with Abbeywood First School RSA Academy in Church Hill who have recently been selected to become a national teaching school.
Abbeywood, in collaboration with the RSA, will take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession and can offer a range of Primary, First & Middle ITT options for 2019-20 in multiple locations.


Why train with us?


Headline figures - 2017/18
 75% of Secondary trainees passed at Grade 1
 RSAA TSA completion rate (Secondary) 90%
 RSAA TSA completion rate (Primary) 100%
 Employment rates (Secondary) 80%
 Employment rates (Primary) 100%


Working within the RSA brings endless opportunities and brings unique benefits to trainee teachers. There is a strong encouragement and support for teachers as researchers, who are encouraged to try out new things and share their findings. There is also opportunity to have a wider influence on education. The RSA continue to contribute to the education debate, and there are opportunities for trainees working within the alliance to be part of this.


The School Direct programmes allow RSA schools the opportunity to further enhance our teacher training provision. We have developed new, exciting, innovative programmes with highly regarded local Higher Education Institutes. RSA Academies’ TSA alongside Abbeywood Teaching School and Birmingham City University are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching.

 

Our Partnership will work closely together to provide trainee teachers with the opportunities they need to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning who will motivate and engage all learners. Our Partnership aims to produce highly skilled graduate teachers who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, which will enable them to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.
Our partnership offers unrivalled facilities and excellent teaching informed by research and evidence. Our programme will prepare trainee teachers to address the needs of all learners and
their communities, to overcome disadvantage and barriers to learning and to continually reflect upon the impact of their professional practice.


Our programmes last for one academic year (September – July), during which time you will undertake two high quality school placements across our Teaching School Alliance. You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed
and delivered by our Alliance Schools and University partners. For Training Bursaries information, visit the Department for Education website. The training programme will be for one academic year and is a full-time programme.


In both cases, there are minimum entry requirements.


Our ITT programmes have been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.
We strongly believe in school-led training, because we can recruit high calibre trainees and support them to become the very best practitioners and in
turn transform students’ outcomes through challenging and stimulating teaching. We provide one-to-one support and access to a comprehensive and tailored CPD package, which
will ensure you are fully supported during your training year and your professional development.
RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, Abbeywood Teaching School and Birmingham City University work closely together to deliver a programme to meet the needs of local schools, local learners and local teachers. Trainees will spend the majority of their time in school-based practice and centre-led training sessions at specific times.
Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops, taught sessions, seminar groups and individual study.
To complement this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy. Specialist subject knowledge is up-dated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements.
Trainee teachers are expected as early career professionals to take on significant responsibility for their own progress and development. A system of professional development profiling is welcomed particularly among those who have completed the course because it sets them apart from their peers in their first year of teaching.
On completion of your training you will be awarded a PGCE with QTS; the programmes are assessed at masters (M) level. Graduates of the Schools Direct programmes will be confident, passionate, knowledgeable and reflective teachers, ready to embark on a rewarding and fulfilling career, hopefully taking up positions that arise within our partnership of schools.

School Direct Programmes
What is Schools Direct?

This school-led option offers practical, hands-on training and education based in good schools across the country. School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a SCITT – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train. There are two options available for School Direct training.

 

Trainee Testimonials Primary


“Although this has been the most intense year of my life, it has by far been the most rewarding! This year has taught me a great deal about myself which has resulted in me overcoming personal barriers. While this course is not fit the faint hearted, I recommend it highly for anyone who is serious about a successful career in teaching.”
Shecaniah Morgan, School Direct Primary 2017-18


“Before my Teacher Training, I worked at Abbeywood RSA Academy as a teaching assistant, prior to this I volunteered at schools. I am a total career changer, moving from a career in wedding photography. I have been supported well throughout my training and have gained valuable experience within 3 year-groups: Year 1 and 2 at Abbeywood, a placement in Year 5 at Ipsley and then also some KS3 experience at Church Hill Middle School. The school-led training has been excellent and I'm feeling confident now to progress into my NQT year.
I have, on occasion, felt, especially being a creative person and a career changer that I was slightly out of my depth. I now feel that creativity is actually a really valuable asset, especially when it comes to lesson planning. With guidance from teachers, my mentor, and university tutors, I have been assisted along the way to succeed, with full support throughout my university assignments, as BCU has a Centre for Academic Success Department. This was invaluable to me because as a fine art graduate I had less experience of essay writing and referencing, but with their support, I gained in confidence and passed all three assignments the first time.
I now look forward to my new career and I await the teaching challenges that lie ahead and I will commit 100% to developing myself as a teaching professional.”
Carolyn Sweet, School Direct Primary 2017-18

 

What we are looking for


We are looking for people who have the right personal qualities and potential to be a passionate and committed teacher to improve the outcomes for the young people we work with. While experience of working with young people is not essential, it is often found that the strongest applicants are those who have shown an interest in working with young people and a willingness to get some experience of school where possible. You are likely to be asked at interview about your experiences of being in a school, even if it just from an observational point of view. We are looking for those who have:


 Excellent communication and organisational skills
 Commitment to working hard
 Ability to establish good working relationships
 Confidence and ability to engage with children
 Commitment to a professional team
 Commitment to excellence in education
 Flexibility


Training Programme


RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, Abbeywood Teaching School and Birmingham City University work closely together to deliver a programme to meet the needs of local schools, local learners and local teachers. Trainees will spend the majority of their time in school-based practice and centre-led training sessions at specific times.
Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops, taught sessions, seminar groups and individual study.
To complement this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy. Specialist subject knowledge is up-dated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements.
Trainee teachers are expected as early career professionals to take on significant responsibility for their own progress and development. A system of professional development profiling is welcomed particularly among those who have completed the course because it sets them apart from their peers in their first year of teaching.

 

Subjects Offered
We are offering the following places for September 2019:
Primary (all School Training Routes)
 Primary General - aged 5-11 years.
 Primary General with Maths; aged 5-11 years
 Primary General with SEND; aged 5-11 years
 Primary Early Years - aged 3-7 years

 

Entry Requirements
First degree of a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. A 2:1 is desirable but not essential; we will consider a lower class degree if applicants have sufficient subject/classroom experience.
Secondary candidates should note that at least 50% of their subject knowledge
at degree level should match the subject/s to be taught. An academic Transcript may be
required. For secondary candidates; A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language and mathematics
 All entrants have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in English language and literature, mathematics and science.
 All entrants hold a First degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification (including overseas qualifications, professional or vocational qualifications and qualifications no longer available held by mature applicants)
 All entrants hold suitable qualifications in their chosen subject area.
 All candidates are required to apply via UCAS. Applicants will receive notification of successful or unsuccessful application within 40 days of submission.
 All entrants have successfully completed professional skills tests prior to entry
 All entrants have provided suitable references and have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
 Applicants/trainees with disabilities are under no obligation to disclose their disabilities.

 

How we select our trainees
RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, Abbeywood TS and BCU will check all applications. Those applicants meeting the entry criteria will be shortlisted and invited for interview which will involve:
 A range of tests and activities to test suitability for teaching
 A formal Interview which will consist of three people on the panel asking a series of questions, covering a variety of topics
 A short interaction with students. This will include a teaching element for up to 30 minutes
 A 30 minute written task. Applicants will be given material to study relating to the task before the interview
These include:
 References (if not already done)
 DBS
 Physical & mental fitness to teach
 Verification of qualifications (if not already done)
 Skills tests


As part of the selection procedure, candidates will be requested to take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess suitability to teach. All applicants applying to start a teacher training course are required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests prior to entry and are advised to undertake some experience in a school.


Contact:
For enquires about Initial Teacher Training at the RSAA TSA & Abbeywood TS, please contact:
Teresa Wilson, Director of Initial Teacher Training, RSAA TSA, c/o Holyhead School, Birmingham, B21 0HN
TEL: 0121 523 1960
EMAIL: twilson@rsaatsa.org.uk
WEB: www.rsaacademiesteachingschool.org.uk
TWITTER:
@RSAATeach
@AbbeywoodTS
INSTAGRAM:
@RSAATEACH

At Abbeywood, we believe that learning continues throughout our lives and this is the case for our Recently Qualified Teachers who are embarking on a Research Project to further develop their thinking and approach to education.

At Abbeywood, we believe that learning continues throughout our lives and this is the case for our Recently Qualified Teachers who are embarking on a Research Project to further develop their thinking and approach to education. 1
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