Teaching Assistants (TAs) in Hampshire can offer a wealth of skills and experience to the teaching profession. Hampshire County Council is committed to ensuring a high quality workforce in Hampshire schools and, as part of the local authority Teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy, Hampshire Teaching and Leadership College is working in partnership with SPELL (Southern Partnership for Excellence in Leadership and Learning) teaching school alliance, Brockenhurst College and the college’s partner, University of Chichester, to offer information events for TAs who are interested in becoming teachers, do not yet have a degree and would be interested in finding out about routes to enable them to become teachers whilst remaining in their jobs.
The events will enable staff to explore their options to begin their journey towards QTS without having to give up their jobs to study full time for a degree. The main focus for gaining degrees will be foundation degrees offered by local providers and the Open University.
Brockenhurst College is offering the Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support in collaboration with the University of Chichester. It is a three year, part time route, requiring one day in College a week and the support of the TA’s school. The Foundation Degree provides the opportunity to progress to a Top Up Degree including Primary QTS.
In addition to the information from providers about initial degrees the Teaching Schools and their alliance partners will showcase the options they can offer teaching assistants to progress to QTS once the degree has been obtained.
There are a number of routes in to teaching once colleagues have obtained their degree. There are SCITTs, School Direct and University led PGCE routes. Some offering on the job training whilst some are more university based. Some offer funding, for example the school direct salaried route, whilst the others are feeing paying, up to £9,000. The get into teaching website has lots of information about the different routes available. https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/ .
Information will also be available about options for an initial degree from the Open University and post graduate route to QTS from Straight to Teaching.
During the evening there will be opportunities to find out about what is on offer from the different providers.