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The Mount Stewart Schools

Brent Schools Teaching Alliance

We are looking for ambitious individuals who demonstrate their passion and enthusiasm for teaching and have a desire to share this with young people.


The Brent Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is a strong partnership of primary and secondary schools working with the Institute of Education to provide high quality teacher training amongst our mainly ‘outstanding’ establishments. Our vision is to train and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers for Brent schools.


The consortium of schools involved in the delivery of Initial Teacher Training has a high level of expertise and strong commitment to delivering high quality training. We have a proven track record, successfully training teachers for many years.


In partnership with Brent, the BTSA can provide a broad range of experiences and developmental opportunities within a multi-culturally diverse population, which enriches the experience of teaching within this unique community.


Initial Teacher Training students will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. Training will be delivered by expert teachers in the partnership schools. This will be enhanced by attendance at the Institute of Education. Students will have full access to the university, a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teacher training.


We offer both NON-SALARIED and SALARIED routes


Our Teacher Training Programme is run in conjunction with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and leads to a PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our students attend exactly the same lectures as all the other PGCE students at the UCL IOE but also benefit from an extensive school based programme.


On the Salaried route students are employed by the school. Applicants should demonstrate they have 3 years’ work experience (school or other) to meet the entry requirements of the programme. Successfully completing the salaried route gains students the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). During the course students have the option of joining a PGCE pathway, which continues into their NQT year.


Entry requirement for all programmes

As a trainee teacher on our programme, we expect candidates to:

  • Preferably have a 2.1 or above degree, however a 2.2 may be considered
  • Demonstrate an aptitude to teaching
  • Have a commitment to our approach to learning;
  • Have the desire to approach curriculum planning in a creative and imaginative way;
  • Have very high standards for the children and themselves;
  • Be committed to inclusion in terms of social class, race and ability;
  • Have a genuine interest in educational thinking and debate;
  • Have the ability and willingness to continuously reflect, improve and learn from mistakes;
  • Have high levels of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have the ability to sustain optimism, energy and a positive outlook under pressure and challenge;
  • Have the capacity for hard work and a sense of humour.

All successful applicants will be subject to a DBS and an Occupational Health check.

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