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Train to Teach

Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership School Direct

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Train to Teach

Welcome to the Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership, which comprises of Little Heath School, Prospect School, The Hurst Community College, Theale Green, The Wren and The Willink as lead school.  We are neighbouring secondary schools in the Berkshire and Hampshire area. Our alliance has been awarded Teaching School designation due to our proven track record in providing high quality teacher training and collaborative CPD opportunities.

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School Direct (SD) is a direct route into teaching where successful applicants are trained predominantly within a school-based environment. We offer full time secondary Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) courses that are all planned and delivered in collaboration with the University of Reading’s Institute of Education. At the very heart of our model of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is the drive to produce outstanding teachers who become reflective professionals able to secure the very best outcomes for all children.

Our trainees will spend the majority of the school year based in one main school with a 5/6 week 2nd school placement at the beginning of the Spring term. Training will be led by experienced staff in each school and will involve meetings, workshops and other activities. Being based in a school, our trainees will quickly come to appreciate the nature of teaching and learning in the workplace and will see how to put theory into practice every day. The University based training days support the school-led programme and give trainees the opportunity to learn from the experience and enquiry of others in the Reading Partnership. The ITT programme is designed to build confidence and subject knowledge and equip a trainee teacher with the skills necessary to becoming an effective classroom practitioner. Throughout the training, support will be provided by a well-trained mentor in school as well as the University.

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For entry in 2020-2021, the Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership will be offering places in the following subjects:

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Music, PE, Computing, MFL, History, RE, Geography, Design and Technology.

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Further Information

The Willink School are now offering virtual Train to Teach information sessions, click here for more information.

For further information about our SD programme and the opportunity to gain some school-based experience please contact:

Aysha Stone

The Willink School

0118 983 2030


Sonia Edwards

Prospect School

0118 959 0466


Laura Billingham

The Hurst Community College

0118 981 7474


Fran Andrews

Little Heath School

0118 942 7337


Sarah Page

Theale Green School

0118 930 2741


Bessie O’Brien

The Wren School

0118 214 3888




Term Dates


Term 1

1 & 2 Sept 2020 – Inset days

Thu 3rd Sept – Fri 23rd Oct

Half term – Mon 26 Oct – Fri 30 Oct

Term 2

Mon 2 Nov – Fri 18 Dec

Inset day – Fri 13 Nov