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Teacher Training in Alton

To provide the best education to our children, we need teachers who are trained to the highest standards, who are creative, dedicated, empathetic and knowledgeable, whether they are new to the profession or experienced school staff, which is why Rowledge C of E Primary School is proud to be part of the Alton Cluster of the Foundations Teaching School Alliance.

As an Alliance, the sole aim of the FTSA is to support, train and shape the teachers of today and tomorrow in Early Years and Primary education by providing:

•Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

•Continuous Professional Development (CPD) including workshops on Autism, Sensory Processing, Motor skills and many more

•School to School/PVI Support to improve standards in other settings

For more information on any of these, please visit: www.FTSA.org.uk


You could train to teach in our school!

The Alton cluster of the FTSA is made up of 15 schools located in Alton and the surrounding villages in East Hampshire and covers 3 stages - Early years, KS1 and KS2.  We offer a wide range of teaching experiences in Good and Outstanding; rural and town; infant, junior and all-through primary schools. 

Our ITT programme is run in partnership with Winchester University, and offers the very best in teacher training to a select cohort.  If you know of someone, or you yourself would be interested in training to teach, then please visit the Teacher Training section of the website:  www.FTSA.org.uk/Teacher-Training for more information

The schools within the Alton Cluster of the FTSA are:

•Alton Infant School

•Andrews' Endowed CE Primary School Holybourne

•Anstey Junior School

•Bentley CE Primary School

•Binsted CE Primary School

•Bushy Leaze Nursery School

•Chawton CE Primary School

•Medstead CE Primary School

•Rowledge CE Primary School

•St Lawrence CE Primary School

•Selborne CE Primary School

•St Mary's CE Primary School Bentworth

•The Butts Primary School

•Wootey Infant School

•Wootey Junior School

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Entry Requirements


You will need a C grade (or above) at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science for primary teaching and these need to be in place before the course begins in September. Specific equivalency tests will be accepted in lieu of English and Mathematics GCSEs at the discretion of the partnership.

In line with government requirements, applicants will need to pass Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests in order to be accepted onto the course.

We value candidates who can prove that they understand the educational context in which they wish to train and welcome applications from those who have recent experience in schools.


A degree in any subject.  If applying for a specialist course, a particular interest and aptitude are required.

In addition candidates should have:

* Experience of working collaboratively as part of a team to achieve a goal

* Some practical experience of working with children  (paid or voluntary)

* An ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English

The Alliance welcomes applications from ethnic minority graduates, valuing the contribution they make to cultural diversity in the education system.  Where an applicant’s degree has been gained overseas, applicants must check their qualifications with NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) before making an application to ensure their qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and undergraduate degrees.    

It is the duty of all schools to protect vulnerable children and adults.  If you are offered a  place on the programme, the Alliance will apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for you, as it is a vital entry requirement for this training programme.  For more information see: www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview 

The university will carry out DBS checks for tuition fee trainees and the partnership/ individual school will take on this responsibility for salaried trainees

What we are looking for

You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.  We are looking for people with a passion for making a positive difference to our children and families.  

We are looking for those who have:

* enthusiasm

* initiative

* excellent organisational skills

* excellent communication skills

* a commitment to excellence in education

* the ability to be reflective and respond positively to feedback

* resilience

* flexibility 

* a creative approach to problem solving

* an ability to work collaboratively as part of a team 

* a sense of humour which prevails in the face of the changes and challenges in the educational sector

* good time management skills and the ability to prioritise

* a commitment to inclusive education 

* particular interest and aptitude for Maths, if taking the specialist route

How we select our trainees

All applications should be via UCAS.

Following the receipt of applications, there will be a shortlisting procedure involving representatives from partner schools who will look to match applicants with the most appropriate placements.


We require two references, one of which will be an academic reference.  For applicants who finished their studies more than five years ago, we realise that this may not be the most appropriate.  In such cases, employers or teachers from the school(s) you visited whilst gaining your school experience can be used to provide a reference, as they would be able to comment on your suitability for the teaching profession.  


We interview all shortlisted applicants prior to making an offer to train with us. Interview panels include senior staff from partnership schools and a representative from The University of Winchester.

Interviews may include any of the following:

* A tour of the school

* Small group or class teaching

* A written task

* A verbal presentation

* A formal interview

Visits to a school within the Alliance are strongly encouraged.  Teacher Experience Days are also available, please contact Clare Allen teaching.school@bushyleaze.hants.sch.uk for dates, more information and to arrange visits.

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