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When applying for a place on our teacher training programme, there are 5 key points that you need to consider:


1.  Do your research

The placement needs to be right for you, so find out as much as you can about the Alton Cluster – the websites of the schools we work with is a good place to start.


2.  Visit us or speak to us

We’d love to meet you, contact any of the schools directly for a tour and a chat with the Headteacher or alternatively join us for one of our "School Experience Programme" days – this will give you an insight into what it’s actually like to be a teacher and maybe an opportunity to spend some time in a classroom.

If you have any general enquiries about the programme, please contact Rowledge Primary School on 01252 792346 or email us at:


3.  Check your finances

The tuition fee for this programme starts at £9,250.  Student finance is available and if you have a first class degree you may be eligible for a bursary.  The course is full-time and unsalaried, however successful trainees can expect to earn .  
Our Resource centre has a number of links to information regarding grants and finances to help you.

4.  Apply via UCAS: 2BY

All applications should be via UCAS, code 2BY
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 value candidates who can prove that they understand the educational context in which they wish to train.

Your UCAS application is your chance to show us that you have the passion and commitment we are looking for.  We require 2 references, one of which will be an academic reference.    For applicants who finished their studies more than 5 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.
Our Resource centre has plenty of links and articles that can help when writing your application to make it stand out from the crowd.   

5.  Prepare for interview
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel made up of senior staff from the Alton Cluster of schools and a representative from The University of Winchester.  Interviews may include a tour of the school, small group or class teaching, a written task, a verbal presentation and a formal interview.  Good luck!



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