UCAS is open!

25 October 2016

Why train with us?


The Fylde Coast Teaching School is the ideal provider if you want to teach in any schools in Blackpool, Poulton or the surrounding area.  We have provided initial teacher training for the past 3 years and are delighted to be able to offer a choice of courses for 2016-17.  We have an excellent track record of success with our trainees as they feel 'part of the family' of the schools in which they are based and the wider alliance of the teaching school.


Our secondary trainees are hosted by over 7 different schools all in different circumstances, so our placements are very contrasting and we negotiate the right place with you. We can offer enrichment placements in one of our local primary schools, our Outstanding SEN school, our Sixth Forms and our local Pupil Referral Units. We also work in partnership with our local Private school so you will get to teach in an independent setting as part of our programme. We do not offer a PGCE, but our Professional Studies programme covers all relevant theory to support you in becoming an outstanding teacher.  Train to teach with us, and you will also become a Chartered Teacher of the PSHE Association at no extra cost.


When and where?

Our course starts in September and ends in early July at our lead school Hodgson Academy in Poulton. You will have placement experience in a minimum of two contrasting schools. Depending on which school you are in, you will have their holidays. These placements are complimented by Professional Studies every Friday up until Easter, when you will be in school full time and experiencing school like an NQT ready for the September.

What about the theory?


The theory of quality teaching and learning is crucial.


You will be immersed not just in the theory but in the practical application of planning, delivery and assessment. Important areas such as behaviour management, differentiation, assessment for learning, and how to support pupils with additional needs are given great attention on our Fridays. You then apply these theories in the classroom on your placement.



Entry requirements


The essential requirements for entry onto the Secondary QTS programme are:

An Honours degree 2.2 or above in the specialism to be taught is a perfect start for you being able to manage the subject knowledge content. It may still be necessary to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, lasting up to 6 months, before being accepted on to the programme, but these are funded.

You need evidence of your Grade C or above in GCSE Core subjects of English Language and Mathematics plus a C grade in at least 2 other GCSE subjects.

Good grades at A level in the specialist subject to be taught are ideal.

Effective communication skills in spoken and written English are essential.

Ideally at least 10 days recent and relevant work experience in a Secondary School environment will give you an edge in the interview.

2 written references, one of which must be academic in nature, must be uploaded to UCAS before we will interview you.

Please note that your original certificates [Degree, A Level and GCSE or equivalent] will be required to be produced at interview.


Will you make an outstanding teacher?

We are looking for trainees whom we believe have the attributes to develop into outstanding practitioners.


Assessment and interview


Following successful application via the UCAS system you will be invited to attend an assessment day. 


During this day at one of our partner schools, you will complete a 20 minute lesson to a group of our pupils in order for us to assess your ability to build relationships and create a safe environment. The feedback from those pupils is fundamental in our decision as to whether we offer you a place.

You will also complete a literacy task and an interview with a subject specialist who will confirm that you have the ability to teach the subject you have applied for.

The final part of the day is an interview with the Head of ITT and a headteacher or principal from one of our partner schools.