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The NATSA ITT Partnership is able to provide a unique learning experience, which will provide diverse opportunities through school-based training, whilst also offering links to the expertise of the University of the West of England and Bath Spa University for aspects of the core teacher training programme. You will be part of a cohort of up to 50 PGCE students training for Primary Teaching and, at Secondary, in Product Design/Design Technology, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Physical Education, Modern Languages, Art and Design, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. We offer School Direct PGCE (unsalaried) courses.

The NATSA ITT Partnership is geographically the closest group of providers of secondary education to the University of the West of England, who accredit the PGCE qualification for many of our courses. This enables trainees to benefit from the learning facilities at the university whilst having ease of access to the teaching facilities in our schools. 

For secondary age training we offer placements in Olympus Academy Trust Schools (OAT): Abbeywood Community School, Bradley Stoke Community School, Winterbourne Academy and Patchway Community School. We offer some placements in STEM subjects at the Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy. We also place in Castle Education Trust (CSET) schools – The Castle School (Thornbury), Downend School and Mangotsfield School. Chipping Sodbury School is also a strong part of our partnership.

At Primary we offer placements at Bradley Stoke Community School (primary phase), Callicroft (Patchway), Charborough Road (Filton), Meadowbrook (Bradley Stoke), Stoke Lodge (all OAT schools) and at Charfield and Lyde Green (CSET schools).

The mentors for the PGCE programme are based in our schools and are expert practitioners (teachers) who will support trainees in becoming active members of the teaching during the year. We pride ourselves on welcoming trainees and strive to make them feel part of our community; past trainees consistently cite the quality of mentoring as one of the highlights of our provision. Many of the teaching staff have been mentors for PGCE students over many years and are confident and skilled in school-based aspects of the training programme. The lead tutor has taught in a number of schools across the region and country and is a recently retired Headteacher; she has years of experience with PGCE programmes in a range of iterations. She delivers the Professional Practice sessions.

We were designated as North Avon Teaching School Alliance in June 2017, in recognition of our outstanding provision for Initial Teacher Training and Continuous Professional Development for education practitioners at all stages of their teaching career, including NQT, RQT and those interested in leadership and other aspects of professional development. We also lead on school to school support in the region. 

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or contact Jenny Sutton-Kirby, Lead for ITT (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Telephone: 01454 868840) or Cressida Inglis, Lead for ITT (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: 01454 862100)


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