About This Training Programme

Our Programme

You will gain Qualified Teacher Status or a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.  Our training programme will enable you to teach either in a mainstream primary school, a mainstream secondary school or a special school.

Whichever route you decide, you will be based in either our lead  special school, lead secondary school or one of partner primary schools (your host school), where the majority of your training will take place. All our training schools are located around the M4 corridor, close to Reading and Newbury with good rail links. We begin with a series of induction days so that you can meet your fellow trainees and introduce key components of your training.  You’ll be allocated a ‘host teacher’ who will also have a leading role in coaching and training you on your journey to gaining QTS.  Your ‘mentor’ will be highly experienced and specifically trained to undertake this important role with you.

As a teacher apprentice, most of your training will be ‘real-time’ in classes and supplemented by regular focused time out of class for specific aspects of your learning. The majority of our trainers are excellent teachers in our alliance schools.

All our trainees will have the opportunity to develop their skills in contrasting settings and across different age groups.

For more information see our website.


Preparing to teach in a special school

A career teaching children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is exciting, fascinating, challenging and ultimately rewarding.  You will be placed at Brookfields School in Reading or The Castle School in Newbury, both outstanding special schools, for much of your training. You will also be placed in one of our partner mainstream primary schools as part of our programme.

You will be trained how to use teaching and learning strategies, based on current research and outstanding practices, for all types of special needs and disabilities across the 2-19 age group. All our trainers are outstanding practitioners and experts at the forefront of special education nationally and have specialist knowledge in teaching strategies, behaviour management, curricula, and pedagogy for this group of children.

For more information see our website

Preparing to teach in a mainstream primary school

Our training programme enables you to teach in Early Years’, Key Stage 1 and 2.  You will have a longer placement in your host school in your preferred Key Stage. However, like all our trainees you will spend time in our lead special school to learn and develop your skills in this field.  You will also have the opportunity to spend time in our lead secondary school. In this way you will see first-hand how children and young people develop as well as learning directly from a broad range of our staff in all 3 settings.

Your trainers will be highly experienced practitioners working in our partner primary schools as well as experienced SEN practitioners from our lead Special school.

For more information see our website http://www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk/

Preparing to teach in a Secondary School

Your career teaching children in a secondary school will be varied, exciting and rewarding. We believe that all of our students deserve a high quality learning experience and we strive to enable the potential of all of our children by always expecting the best.

You will be placed at Denefield school in Reading, graded by Ofsted as a Good  school with Outstanding  features; a partner secondary school for your second placement; and Brookfields an Outstanding  special school. You will be trained in teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of a diverse body of young people with ages ranging from 11-19 and you will have regular training visits to both our partner primaries and special school. We will combine the Outstanding  practice of our teaching experts with extensive current research bases to ensure that you develop the skills and attributes necessary to be a great teacher.

We will provide you with a bespoke training package utilising the expertise of our alliance’s secondary colleagues, and combining this with best practice from the primary and special schools in our alliance, to ensure that you develop a wide understanding and knowledge of both teaching and child development.

Through our partner Oxford Brookes University, you will gain QTS to teach in a mainstream secondary school, with the option to gain PGCE as a qualification. For more details regarding course content, please see our website: www.denefield.org.uk

As a salaried position, the successful trainee will be paid a training salary in line with the expectations of the Schools Direct programme.


For trainees wishing to gain PGCE, Oxford Brookes University (OBU) will deliver your training flexibly over ten days during your training year with us. OBU are highly successful in training teachers.


PGCE module will be assessed by Oxford Brookes University.

Ongoing assessment of trainees for QTS will be conducted by the host school, verified and moderated by external assessors from Oxford Brookes University.


We have both salaried and fee funded places available in our primary and special schools. For more information please visit our website.


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