Why STTP?

Why train with us?

The Swindon Teacher Training Partnership (STTP) offers an exciting opportunity to train as a secondary school teacher working alongside experienced practitioners who will mentor you and help you to develop your own classroom practice.  This in-school, practical experience is underpinned by the academic expertise of the University of the West of England who will deliver aspects of the core teacher training programme and guide you through the academic assignments that will lead to the PGCE qualification.

You will be part of a cohort of PGCE students training for secondary teaching in a wide range of subjects as listed below:

Art & Design Computer Science Geography Music
Biology Design Technology History PE
Business Studies Drama Maths Physics
Chemistry English MFL Social Science

STTP is the only secondary training partnership based solely in Swindon, and we are conveniently located for easy access along the M4 to the University of the West of England. This enables trainees to benefit from the learning facilities at the university, whilst also having ease of access to the teaching facilities in the five partnership schools. All partnership schools are within 30 minutes’ drive of each other.  There is a shared vision between the partnership schools but there is also diversity between the settings which gives us the opportunity to provide you with a second placement during your training year so that you can develop a broad range of experience.

At each school you will be provided with:

  • An experienced, subject-specialist mentor.
  • Coaching and feedback on lesson planning and all aspects of delivery.
  • Weekly meetings to set and review targets for your development.
  • A senior mentor to oversee your placement.
  • One hour a week of professional development delivered by the senior mentor to the whole school cohort of trainees.
  • A personalised timetable tailored to your own developmental needs which will give you experience of teaching a broad range of ages and abilities. The number of hours teaching will increase as you progress and increase your confidence.

In addition to providing your mainstream placements, we are in a position across the partnership, to offer specialist experience as three of the partnership schools have special units on site. Lydiard Park Academy and Abbey Park School are also part of a multi-academy trust (The Park Academies Trust) which includes a large primary school (Red Oaks Primary School).

Teaching staff throughout the partnership have a great deal of experience of working with and mentoring PGCE students.  The lead tutor has significant experience with PGCE programmes from a range of providers having originally entered the profession as a career changer through a school-based route and placement in one of the partnership schools herself.

Lydiard Park Academy is the lead school in the Swindon Teacher Training Partnership and is also a national TEEP training school (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme). This is a framework for teaching and learning that develops teaching practice with regards to providing lively, engaging lessons with a focus on active rather than passive learning. Abbey Park and Commonweal staff are also TEEP trained, with Highworth Warneford set to embark on this initiative in the near future. Consequently, we are confident that trainees will be given an excellent grounding in how to plan and deliver lessons that will be interesting, active and engaging for pupils.