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Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be job opportunities within the partnership, post completing the PGCE?

Each year the partnership recruits from STTP trainees but of course it depends on what opportunities arise at each school and at what points in the year. Currently we have 8 ex-STTP trainees working in the partnership.

How much support will be available from both of the placement schools?

Each school is fully engaged in teacher training and has a senior mentor with many years of experience in developing early career teachers. We work extremely collaboratively together so we also have the flexibility to make changes to placements if we feel it necessary. In addition to the senior mentor, you will have a subject mentor who will work closely with you and there will be an experienced teacher with you as you begin to take over the classroom teaching so they can support and coach.

Will I have a PGCE mentor from UWE as well as a department mentor from my placement schools?

Yes. We work very closely with UWE and your tutor will be in regular contact. They will come to your placement to observe and feedback on your teaching and will also support you through the academic assignments.

Are there any lessons at UWE campus? If so, how often am I to attend?

Yes. There is a block of around 6 weeks at the start of the course when you would be in UWE Mon-Thurs and then in school placements on Friday. Then your main placements would start and you would have occasional ‘recall weeks’ to UWE – approx. 6 across the rest of the year.

How quickly am I expected to begin leading my own classes and how many classes is this to begin with?

Because STTP gives you the opportunity to be in your placement school for Fridays during the first 6 weeks, most trainees are eager to get started straight away when main placement starts but we always take things at a pace appropriate for each trainee. During the first placement, you will build up to around ten hours of teaching but, again, some trainees may do this quickly and some more slowly and some may feel they want to do a little more.