Become a partner school of the Teacher Training Programme
When can we take in trainee teachers?
Graduates can enrol onto the Teacher Training Programme at any time, and we're always looking out for new applicants. Once a graduate has been accepted onto the course and matched with a school, they can begin studying at the start of the next school term.
Where do you source your candidates?
At Engage, we utilise our strong links with universities across the UK to reach out to graduates. We also accept applications from local and international graduates through our website, at which point our Teacher Training Programme team will assess each applicant for suitability.
What does my school need to provide for the trainees?
The schools on the programme will need to select a dedicated mentor for trainees and provide support to them throughout. This mentor will need to attend the training run by the university, and work in partnership with Engage to support the trainee. Part of the mentor’s responsibilities is to meet the trainee once a week for formal mentoring sessions, which will be scheduled in the timetable to review, discuss, and set targets and training activities. These mentoring sessions should be at least one period in length. The mentor is also responsible for observing the trainee and giving weekly feedback outside of the time set aside for scheduled mentor meetings, as well as completing a formal assessment for the trainee at least once per term.
What does Engage provide during the programme?
The Engage team is always on hand to provide support and guidance for schools throughout the duration of the programme. We'll work with you to ensure you get the most from the trainees at your school while fully preparing trainees for solo teaching in year two. For trainees, we organise CPD and training events to support the academic aspects of the programme, and we also arrange social events and benefits for trainees. Engage also arranges all vetting and compliance procedures, including background and safeguarding checks, before a trainee arrives at your school.
What does the university provide during the programme?
During year one, trainees will benefit from comprehensive materials provided by the university to complement their CPD sessions and prepare them for the year two PGCE. During the second year of the programme, the university will provide a university mentor to support the trainee through the academic portion of their study.
What is included in the cost?
The cost includes candidate selection and vetting from Engage, along with access to the pool of fully-screened, hand-selected graduates. Once the trainee is in your school, we cover all PGCE, QTS and training costs; university support and training for the school-based mentor; and the trainee’s salary, pension and national insurance contributions.
What will students be doing in year one?
For the duration of year one, students will regularly attend CPD events, delivered face-to-face and online, as well as providing classroom-based support for the school to gain teaching experience. The classroom-based teaching experience is arranged around your school’s needs and the trainee’s skills. Taking the context of your school into account, you can work with the Engage team to provide meaningful work for your trainee(s), which will give them effective preparation for their PGCE and the skills to solo-teach classes during the second year.