What is the Billericay Educational Consortium?
The Billericay Educational Consortium consists of a well-established group of schools in the Billericay, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Rayleigh, Maldon, Witham, Wickford, Shenfield, Southend and Basildon areas which work together on a range of educational initiatives and projects. The schools work together in this way to enhance the educational effectiveness of each school for the benefit of the pupils in the area.
Our Initial Teacher Training programme has been developed with input from the schools, creating a 38 week full time programme. We offer trainees the opportunity to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status, and if a School Direct Fee paying trainee the opportunity to gain the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education, at Masters level, which is validated by The Institute of Education. You will need to successfully pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before interview, or within 2 months of being offered a place to secure your place. During the programme you will need to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards for recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status to be made.
The programme offers a real balance between hands-on classroom experience and the theory underpinning educational practice.
A Consortium of Quality and Experience
The Billericay Educational Consortium was one of two establishments to pioneer the School Centred Initial Teacher Training concept in 1994. We are now in our 23rd year and have a wealth of experienced mentors and tutors to offer trainee teachers the support and guidance during this intensive course.
We were named the top performing quality primary provider in the country for the past 4 years, using data provided by University of Buckingham for the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Our 2014 Ofsted Report confirmed that the quality of our overall effectiveness and our capacity to sustain and improve the already high quality outcomes for trainees is outstanding. Head teachers from local schools ask if trainees would be interested in applying for posts within their schools as we are renowned for producing sound, experienced and reflective newly qualified teachers.
Why do schools want to be involved in Teacher Training?
You will be immersed in school life from day one. You will be learning new things every minute of every day and the pace is fast, but if you are prepared to work hard there is fantastic support to move you on to becoming an outstanding teacher.
Schools have a direct interest in the quality of teachers entering the profession. The work of a teacher is ever changing and those working in the classroom and in schools are in the front line of these changes. Schools can provide a training programme that is relevant to the demands of the modern classroom. This is why we work so closely with schools to provide a steady supply of skilful and confident newly qualified teachers to meet the needs of individual schools. This secondary partnership of schools have worked together for many years and provide an exciting and challenging course to prepare trainees for the demands of their NQT year.