Secondary School Partnership opportunities

There are a number of ways in which you can work with us on the PGCE Secondary provider programme. These include:

Placements: providing up to 120 days in school with a subject mentor to support and develop the trainee. We are seeking two placements for each trainee: a 6 week  Foundation placement in the autumn term, and or a 12 week Developmental and Consolidation placement in the Spring and Summer terms. Many of our highly skilled trainees go on to work in our partner schools so this can be an excellent recruitment opportunity for your school.

Professional Studies (PS) hub schools: Your school can be paid to provide a PS hub where trainees can observe excellent practice related to key themes in professional development. Hosting a PS hub can also promote recruitment of trainees as NQTs.

Learning Rounds: Your school can be paid to provide Learning Rounds for Subject groups. In a learning round, a group of trainees in a specialist Subject works with successful departments who can model excellent teaching and involve trainees in innovative practice,. If your school needs to recruit in particular subjects, learning rounds can also introduce trainees to your school and inspire them to work with you. View the subjects we specialise in.

School Direct partnerships and SCITTs: We are always keen to work with School Direct partnerships and SCITTs. We can help you set up your own School Direct alliance or SCITT. We can also work with you on fine-tuning an existing programme from recruitment through to preparation for the NQT year.

School Placements

In our FAQs section you'll find information on school experience dates, funding available to your school, taking a trainee during an Ofsted Inspection, what your school is required to do, mentor training, and what our trainees do on placement. We always welcome your thoughts and queries on our school placements, so please don't hesitate to get in touch at secondaryplacements@roehampton.ac.uk

How secondary school placements benefit your school
  • Trainee teachers bring energy and enthusiasm to a school, and can demonstrate new learning materials and strategies for teaching effectively, for example in areas where we lead in innovative practice.
  • Funding for development - Roehampton trainees bring up to £1800 of additional funding per trainee over the course of the training year.
  • We offer mentor training for schools. This is a transferable skill and can be used throughout the school at all levels.
  • Schools can save on recruitment by talent-spotting good trainees during the training year.
  • NQTs who start their career in a school where they were on placement are already part of the school community, this is good for retention.
  • Teachers find having a trainee highly motivating. In 2014, 77% of mentors said that working as a mentor with us was a good /excellent form of professional development for them.

Q How do I apply for placements?
A Registration is easy. If you're a current secondary partner, we'll be in touch via email, otherwise contact secondaryplacements@roehampton.ac.uk 

Q What dates will trainees be in my school?
A Autumn Foundation placements run from September - December 2016; Developmental and Consolidation placements run from January - June 2017 with Wednesday currently reserved as a training date throughout the programme. Please see our calendar of school experience dates for 2016-2017

Q What subjects do you offer?

  • Art and Design 
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science with Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Q What funding is available to my school for placements?
A Foundation Placement: Autumn term c. 6 weeks
Developmental and Consolidation placement: Spring and Summer terms c. 12 weeks
Total 18 weeks 120 days

We pay:
* £600 per term (total £1800) (including mentor training)
NB Reduced to £500 per term if mentor does not attend training (mentor training in tutor visit): For schools offering Foundation placement only £400 per term (if mentor training has to be built into tutor visit)
Q Do you pay schools for offering other training opportunities?
A Yes we do, as follows:
Learning rounds: subject specific observation and participation
£600 per day
Professional Studies hubs: generic sessions (* per year in 2015-6)
£600 per day
Mentor training
£300 for leading and hosting a twilight mentor training session

Q What do trainees do when there's an Ofsted inspection in my school?
A We would not normally expect a trainee to be observed teaching a class during the inspection. They can be a highly skilled and motivated person who can work as a TA to support the learning of specific children.

In the run up to your Inspection trainees could:

  • Take intervention groups in examination classes to raise attainment or free the class teacher to take intervention groups.
  • Work with identified underachieving groups to raise attainment

When the notification of an inspection visit comes:

  • Trainees should continue teaching whilst colleagues attend to necessary priorities.
  • Trainees must make sure work is marked properly and up to date.
  • Trainees must make sure their data records are up to date and accurate.
  • Target specific work for example enhancing the learning environment e.g. the refreshing of classroom/corridor displays.
  • Contribute to work on the schools identified priorities to ensure the best possible presentation.

Q What do mentors do?
A Mentors carry out formal observations of the trainees in their school, meet weekly to set targets and liaise regularly with the University subject tutor.

Q What support will my school receive from the university?
A We provide training on how best to support the trainee and integrate them within your school. Training is free of charge with £100 per term built into payments for mentoring each term, towards payment for cover. Mentoring skills are transferable for staff to use within their own schools with the possibility to progress to a 20 credit MA module, subject to additional fees.

Q When does mentor training run?
A Please check back soon for an updated schedule. 

Q Do trainees have a DBS disclosure?
A Yes - all trainees have a full-enhanced DBS disclosure and complete a thorough, all-encompassing child protection/safe guarding course before going into school.

Q What are trainees required to do in school?
A Teach 33% of a qualified teacher’s timetable in the autumn term, and 66% in subsequent terms. They need to teach across two key stages in most subjects, and across three in English and History. They also need to see colleagues teach and work as a TA or team teach where appropriate to meet the Teacher’s Standards. They have specialisms in some subjects such as MFL and D&T. Trainees are out of school on Wednesdays for training.