Addington School

Train to Teach


Our current train to teach programme is stopping in July 2021. We are currently looking into options for a new programme that we can put in place. Further information will be posted here when we know more.


Details of the programme (which will close in July) are below:

Train to teach with Addington School and the Berkshire Teaching Alliance (BTA).  The BTA is an alliance of schools – primary, secondary and special schools, all located in Berkshire.  Addington School is a partner school for BTA School Direct training programme.


You will gain Qualified Teacher Status or a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.  Our training programme will enable you to teach either in a mainstream primary school, a mainstream secondary school or a special school.


Whichever route you decide, you will be based in one of four special schools, where the majority of your training will take place. All our training schools are located around the M4 corridor, close to Reading, Newbury, Wokingham and Maidenhead with good rail links. We begin with a series of induction days so that you can meet your fellow trainees and introduce key components of your training.  You’ll be allocated a ‘host teacher’ who will also have a leading role in coaching and training you on your journey to gaining QTS.  Your ‘mentor’ will be highly experienced and specifically trained to undertake this important role with you.


As a teacher apprentice, most of your training will be ‘real-time’ in classes and supplemented by regular focused time out of class for specific aspects of your learning. The majority of our trainers are excellent teachers in our alliance schools.


All our trainees will have the opportunity to develop their skills in contrasting settings and across different age groups.


For more information see the BTA website http://www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk/



Preparing to teach in a special school

A career teaching children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is exciting, fascinating, challenging and ultimately rewarding.  You will be placed at Brookfields School in Reading, The Castle School in Newbury, Addington School in Woodley or Manor Green School in Maidenhead, for much of your training. You will also be placed in one of our partner mainstream primary schools as part of our programme.


You will be trained how to use teaching and learning strategies, based on current research and outstanding practices, for all types of special needs and disabilities across the 2-19 age group. All our trainers are outstanding practitioners and experts at the forefront of special education nationally and have specialist knowledge in teaching strategies, behaviour management, curricula, and pedagogy for this group of children.


For more information see our website http://www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk/