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School Direct


Designed to enable schools to take a leading role in initial teacher training but still work in close partnership with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) SCITT, we offer Core places for both a one year full time salaried and non-salaried programme, where trainees should be offered employment in either their training school or within one of the Partnership schools.

Why train with us?

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) has been a successful Initial Teacher Training provider of salaried route for both secondary and primary trainees since 2002.

RBWM SCITT work in partnership with Bucks New University (BNU) based in High Wycombe. Trainees graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Practice (PG Cert) this is 60 Masters credits equivalent to a third of a Masters.

The RBWM SCITT work with the Windsor School Direct Partnership comprising of First Schools, Middle Schools and Primary Schools.

We also have a history of working with Independent Schools and welcome applications from this sector. There are also places available to work with Schools in other neighbouring Local Authorities.

Since 2009 100% of trainees have passed with Good or Outstanding and 100% have gained employment. In 2012-13 100% of trainees gained employment in The Royal Borough or the schools they have trained in.

RBWM SCITT is based within the Early Years and Childcare Advisory Service at Maidenhead Town Hall, giving us excellent access to a wide range of expertise, including Strategic School Leadership, Educational Advisers and Consultants.

RBWM Initial Teacher Training was inspected by Ofsted in May 2013 and was graded Good in all areas:

'The Partnership has a clear vision for excellence that translates as a strong desire to develop excellent teachers and future leaders for its own schools' (Ofsted May 2013)

'The excellent knowledge local authority tutors have about local schools, and the very close relationship between the Local Authority and schools in the Partnership, which provide a very strong context for training teachers' (Ofsted May 2013)

Programme Details:

Course Content

Our one year training programme is divided into school based training, central training and assessment of theory and school based learning. All placements are organised by RBWM SCITT taking into account the training needs of trainees. During these placements trainees collect a portfolio of evidence against the Teaching Standards. The training takes place in a variety of schools across the Royal Borough. Central Training is carried out by Borough Advisers, SCITT Consultants, Leading Teachers and Headteachers, sessions include: Behaviour Management, Inclusion, Lesson Planning, Assessment, Safeguarding, Working with Additional Adults, Phonics, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Numeracy, Science, PSHE, Analysing Data and organising Offsite Visits.


Trainees gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Practice (PG Cert). Trainees are regularly observed and final grade is assessed by an External Moderator.


Salaried trainees will be employed on a teaching salary of Unqualified 1 plus fringe allowance (please see teaching scales for exact amount). Non-salaried tainees are required to pay fees of £6,000. RBWM SCITT will carry out and pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check.

Entry Requirements:


It is preferred that applicants have a degree level of 2:1 or above however, a lower class degree (2:2) will be considered if other qualifications or experience are strong and relevant.

GCSE Requirements

Applicants are required to have English and Maths GCSE grade C or above or equivalency before applying, a pending Science GCSE grade C or above or equivalency may be considered. Applicants not holding the required grade can access equivalency tests at

Overseas qualifications must be verified by UK NARIC details at:

Skills Tests

It is an expectation that all applicants have passed the skills tests prior to attending for interview. If this is not the case applicant must have the skills tests booked and provide evidence at interview.

Previous Employment

For the salaried route, it is a requirement that trainees have at least 3 or more years career experience and show any transferable skills into teaching.


Applicants will be required to provide details of two referees. The principal referee is asked to provide a reference that is mainly academic or employment based and the second is asked to provide one that is mainly character based, this cannot be a family member.

What we are looking for:

School Experience

We have a requirement that applicants have spent at least two weeks or more recent work experience/observations in an early years setting or primary school. In addition, any other experience of working in an organisation with young people eg. school, youth centre, scout/guide group, church or voluntary organisation will be an advantage.

Please tell us about any other attributes, knowledge or transferable skills you possess related to working with young people or within education and any evidence of organisation and communication skills plus a commitment to the programme.

Applicants who wish to be trained in RBWM Borough Schools - We are looking for trainees who live in or close to The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It is an expectation that successful trainees will be employed within the Borough therefore, living close to The Royal Borough is an advantage.

Applicants who wish to be trained out of RBWM - We are happy to train in schools outside of RBWM so long as the distance is within a 20 mile radius.

Applicants who wish to be trained in an Independent School - All independent applications are welcomed from schools within a 20 miles radius for self funded places.

How we select our trainees:

Application form

Applicants will need to demonstrate any relevant experience of working with children or within education. Applicants will need to show their passion and dedication to entering the teaching profession. Applicants will need to explain any other relevant or transferable skills and experiences. Applicants need to show an awareness of current educational practice.


Following a successful application, interviews will take place within a Partnership school by a panel of Headteachers, SCITT and Local Authority Advisers. This will involve a teaching activity, child initiated activity, a presentation and a written task. Applicants selected for interview will be required to complete the Borough Equal Opportunities and Disclosure proforma and undergo an on line Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before going into school, plus a Borough HR health check.


All applications are on line via UCAS.


UCAS www.ucas.com

UCAS Applications www.ucas.com/teacher-training

Introductory videos for applicants - www.ucas.tv/gttr/video/fmvNH

Windsor School Direct http://www.windsorschooldirect.co.uk/

Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (WAM) www.cookhamnursery.org

The Teaching Agency - www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching

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