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Bransgore Church Of England Primary School

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Bransgore C of E School Direct Teacher Training


On the School Direct Programme you will train across at least two school phases in at least two different schools. In a typical week you will spend four days in your 'home' school learning from outstanding and supportive teachers and leaders. Once a week you will attend a centre based session delivered by specialists from within our school partnership or at the University of Winchester. These training days cover a wide range of specific subject areas of study that will enable you to develop into a competent and confident Primary School Teacher by the end of the course. You will be supported along the way by a number of different colleagues and will be assigned a course leader and school based mentor.

The first term, which we call the ‘formative placement’, is an ideal opportunity to gather lots of experience without it being formally assessed.  Your time teaching is balanced with time out of class which may include observing other teachers, planning alongside teachers, planning individually, visiting other classes/schools and having time to work on University assignments and research. After Christmas students partake in an assessed 6 week placement in a contrasting school before returning to their host school for a final assessed school experience.  There is also opportunity to spend time in a KS3 or Early Years settings in the summer term.  Whilst our assessed placements are not in Early Years, a number of our students go onto be successful Early Years teachers.

The school direct route is bespoke to individual needs. We recognise that our students come from a wide range of different starting points and the training is well tailored to cater for this. Some students come along with experience of working within schools already whilst others have spent very little time in school prior to starting.  Training commences on the first week in September and ends at the end of June.

Why Choose Bransgore Teacher Training?

Bransgore Primary School ITT programme has a well established reputation and has trained over 100 teachers (formerly South Coast SCITT).

Our Primary School Direct Programme is delivered over the course of an academic year and on completion of your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and you will undertake a PGCE from the University of Winchester.

We work with a strong group of schools which has been praised by Ofsted and Winchester University for the high quality Initial Teacher Training delivered to students over many years. Training with us qualifies for you to teach children from 4-11 years. All students with us become students at The University of Winchester and have full access to University facilities and the opportunity to attend graduation at Winchester Cathedral upon successful completion of the PGCE.

We are now looking to meet potential trainees who wish to apply to begin the programme in September 2019. There are a range of opportunities available to meet and talk about training with us and also receive specific advice on submitting a strong application, please see below.

Our partnership spans the areas of Hampshire, Dorset and Bournemouth. Many of our trainees find employment within the partnership and often go on to become school-based mentors or contributors to the taught course. A distinctive feature of our partnership schools is their commitment to providing high quality provision, reflected by nationally recognised awards and inspection reports. The schools serve diverse communities including rural and urban catchments.

Our School Direct Partner schools (click on each one to visit their website)

We offer:

  • Training provided by the very best and experienced teachers within our schools
  • Personalised coaching and support – we are very aware that people start teacher training from many different aspects of life
  • Professional academic support from a university lecturer
  • Schools who are committed to growing the best future teachers possible
  • High standards of achievement in our schools
  • Children who are enthusiastic learners
  • At least two different school-based experiences within our group
  • Opportunities for experience of cross phase training

By the end of the programme, trainee teachers will be expected to have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the Teaching Standards.

The Teaching Standards are:

  1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  4. Plan and teach well-structured lessons
  5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment
  7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
  8. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities
  9. Demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct

Partnership with the University of Winchester

Our School Direct Programme has been designed alongside the University of Winchester.  Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and credits towards a Master’s Degree.

Bransgore Primary School has been judged outstanding.  The University of Winchester is rated as outstanding by Ofsted for its Initial Teacher Training provision and in a recent National Student Survey it was ranked in the top ten universities in England.

Qualities of prospective trainees

Bransgore SD seeks candidates who are resourceful, reflective and resilient people. We look for candidates who are well organised and who can relate well to others. We value applications from all candidates irrespective of race, colour, nationality, national or ethnic origins, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or religious beliefs. All candidates must be physically and mentally fit to teach children and not legally debarred from so doing.

We are looking for committed and dedicated people who can demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills and who can work as part of a team. All applicants need the ability to use their initiative and be resilient when working under pressure. We are looking for trainee teachers who are passionate about making a difference and who think deeply about their practice, actively seeking advice and guidance in order to be the very best they can be.


To train as a primary school teacher, you must have:

  • Achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C (level 4 or above under the revised grading system) or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science.
  • Achieved a degree with honours from United Kingdom higher education institution (or equivalent qualification). Candidates with qualifications gained outside the UK are required to prove that they are equivalent to UK qualifications. Please contact the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC)website regarding equivalent qualifications.

Other entry requirements:

Provide proof of address and ID for a DBS check to be carried out and attend an interview.

Complete a Health Declaration check

Skills tests - If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests as part of the application process and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course. You must submit an application for a teacher training course before you can take the skills tests.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for this yourself. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. You can find information about the skills tests, what’s in them and where to book one on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website: 

DBS checks - Enhanced background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This will be done by the University of Winchester or by Bransgore C of E School. See the DBS website for information about checks https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

Although not compulsory, we believe that some recent school experience is extremely beneficial to those wanting to go into a career in teaching and many of our successful trainees have previously worked in roles such as teaching assistants or as a volunteer within school. We are also able to offer potential trainees opportunities to gain this school experience prior to application or at the start of the course if you wish to apply.

Applying for Bransgore School Direct

Recruitment for a September 2019 is open. All applications must be made via UCAS teacher training.  For those wishing to make an application, our course programme code is 3FRL and our provider code is 19F (Please note that our previous provider was listed as South Coast SCITT).

Selecting Trainees

Following successful application through UCAS, all applicants are invited to attend an interview day where they will be expected to:

  • Be interviewed by the course lead at Bransgore and a representative  from one of our Partnership schools
  • Prepare and deliver a 5 minute micro teach to the other candidates
  • Teach a mini lesson to a small of 6 children (Focus given on the day)
  • Complete a mind map activity/ discussion with other candidates
  • Complete an English task and a maths and Science test

If successful at interview, a place on the programme will be offered.

Placements within schools

All trainees will be assigned a main school where they will be training and learning on the job. All trainee teachers will be released from their school one day a week to receive specific training at Bransgore, one of the partner schools or at Winchester University. In addition to their main placement, all trainee teachers will undertake a second school contrasting experience in the spring term for up to 6 weeks.


School Direct is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

All previous successful trainees, who have wished to teach on completion of the course, have secured employment at the end of the programme (SCSCITT). Where possible, we look to provide opportunities for SD students to be considered for teaching vacancies in our group of schools.


For more information on Teacher salaries please see: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and- salary/teacher-salaries

The main salary scale is from £23,720 to £35,008 a year. Teachers who reach the top of the main salary scale may be able to progress to the higher scale. This ranges from £35,927 to £38,633.

There are also separate scales for teachers who have advanced skills or progress into leadership roles, and additional payments for those who take on extra responsibilities. See details of all the salary scales on the Department of Education website.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

A Career in Teaching

A comprehensive insight into becoming a teacher and the application process can be found on:
Get into Teaching

An advantage of School Direct Initial Teacher Training is that you will know the schools that you are will be working in and you become ‘part of the team’ at those schools from the outset.  You will experience all elements of school life from setting up a class in September to shadowing and taking part in Parent’s Evenings and whole school events.  Feedback from Head Teachers is that students who train with us are well prepared for their first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Please do get in contact via email if you would like to find out more information about the course at jmaddams@scscitt.co.uk