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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:

  • School Direct places offered in partnership with Kings College London
  • School Placements for students following PGCE courses
  • Teaching Assistants

School Direct places

School Direct is a relatively new mode of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in which schools work closely with College tutors to ensure that trainees are well prepared to work  in schools. The aim is for trainees to take up teaching posts in the school once they have qualified. Each year Ashcroft Academy is allocated a limited number of School Direct places by The National College for Teaching and Leadership. We deliver our School Direct programme in partnership with Kings College London.

For more information about School Direct 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: