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Q: What is Beech Hill Teacher Training?

A: Training in school is an innovative way to train as a teacher. It allows schools to grow their own new teachers by giving them the opportunity to recruit and train their own staff. It gives trainees the opportunity to choose the schools they wish to train in and spend more time in school learning to be an outstanding teacher.


Q: What are the advantages of Beech Hill Teacher Training?

· It gives schools the ability to influence the way in which Initial Teacher Training is delivered.

· It enables schools to recruit and select the trainees that best meet their and their partnership’s needs, with the possibility that the newly qualified teachers will go on to work in the group of schools in which they trained.

· The Training Programme also enables schools to negotiate their choice of accredited ITT provider (we are partnered with Northumbria University), the funding they receive from the provider and the way in which the training is delivered.



Q: How much does it cost?

A: The fee for the course is £9250


Q: What qualifications do I need to apply for a place?

A: In order to apply for a place, you must have:

· A UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification preferably at 2:1 or above however a 2:2 may be considered.

· A GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics.

· A GCSE grade C or above in a science if you are applying to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7–14).


If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

Q: What does the training programme involve? A: This is a training programme where the training is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. This programme is suitable for high-quality graduates. All places will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and the training programme route will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both routes can lead to optional Masters credits.



Q: Will I spend every day in the same school?

A: Most of the time, you will spend Monday – Thursday in school with external training at Northumbria University or within the partnership on Friday.

In order to qualify, students need to have studied in two different key stages in two different schools. The additional placement takes place in the second part of the spring term and students return to their host school just before Christmas.



Q: What course work will there be?

A:There are three assessments throughout the year. As well as this, students will regularly updated an online learning platform journaling their learning and reflections throughout the year.


Q: Will I have a mentor?

A: Yes. Every student has a mentor who they meet with weekly to reflect on progress and to set new targets. Participants also have an academic tutor at the university to guide them through the academic elements of the course.