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Ashcroft Technology Academy

Ashcroft Technology Academy

ITT Routes at Ashcroft Technology Academy

At Ashcroft  Academy we are committed to assisting good people to  join the teaching profession. We do this through our involvement in a range of programmes including:

  • The Teaching Apprenticeship
  • School Placements for students following PGCE courses
  • Teaching Assistants

The Teaching Apprenticeship

The Teaching Apprenticeship is a relatively new, nationally-recognised, work-based pathway into the teaching profession that enables graduates to obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within 1 year. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

Trainees are employed directly by Ashcroft Technology Academy during their Initial Teacher Training (ITT), apprentices split their time between teaching and study. Trainees receive practical school-led training here at ATA, whilst 20% of the trainee’s time is off-timetable to learn the pedagogy of teaching.

For more information about Apprenticeships follow the link below


University based PGCE courses

This is the traditional route into teaching where you apply for a place to train with a University course that will lead to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. During the course you will follow a professional studies programme at the university and undertake two school placements, the first  in the autumn and the second in the spring.

Ashcroft Academy works in partnership with many of the London Universities providing placements. This includes allocating an experienced teacher as a mentor for the trainee, providing the opportunity to observe and work with our teachers and a professional studies programme.

Teaching and Learning Assistants

For those people interested in working in schools with a longer term plan to train as a teacher becoming a Teaching and Learning Assistant is an excellent stepping stone. At Ashcroft Academy we employ a team of Teaching Assistants to support children with their learning activities in the classroom. They work closely with teachers to make sure students learn successfully . Our teaching assistants often progress to train as teachers and are particularly successful as they have gained a very sound understanding of the role of the teacher and how students learn.

For further information about becoming a Teaching and Learning Assistant follow the link below: