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As a Lead School, we at Mickle Trafford Village School, are proud to start the recruitment of our 10th cohort of Associate Teachers in partnership with the Bishops' Bluecoat High School in Chester and University of Chester.

Applications for a place on our one year course, starting in September 2022, go live from 6th October 2021 and lead to  Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certicate in Education.

We offer opportunities to train in the primary age range and a wide variety of subjects at secondary level - please see courses available on Applyin for teaching.

Training to be a teacher with Mickle Trafford Village School Alliance of schools allows Associate Teachers to gain a realistic understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching by becoming an integral part of the school staff. From the start, ATs will be expected to attend staff meetings, meet parents, become involved in PTA events and generally become immersed in school life. Combined with time away from the classroom spent developing professional skills and completing assessments for P.G.C.E. ( delivered and assessed by The University of Chester) this approach has proved successful and developed a new generation of teachers who feel optimistic and confident about starting their teaching career.
Associate teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days in Mickle Trafford Village School, or/and like minded partner schools close by, completing placements in Key Stage 1 and 2. Mentors are experienced, supportive and aim to ensure that ATs set high standards for themselves and the pupils they teach.  
In addition to time in the classroom, days are spent with ATs from local alliances developing and enhancing professional skills.  These sessions include improving Associate Teachers' subject knowledge, the use of different behaviour management strategies, understanding the needs of children with SEND and learning how to use technology to enhance learning. 
Associate Teachers are encouraged, where possible,  to participate in residential trips along side the children. They will help gain an understanding the planning process, including the need for risk assessments, offering information to parents and ensuring medical or SEND needs are catered for  - it is these sort of real life school experiences that enable ATs to feel confident as they enter their ECT journey.
In collaboration with The Bishops' Blue Coat High School, enrichment days help develop an understanding of the challenges facing transition between  primary and high school. ATs from primary and secondary work together to  create adapted tasks to be delivered in Y5, Y6 and Y7. The aim of the 3 day programme is to inspire pupils of different ages and encourage them to develop empathy and think sensitively about the lives of others.
We recognise that this programme is intense and challenging and so  endeavour to provide support throughout the year, including with making applications for teaching posts and suggestions for making positive impressions at interview later in the year. 
Adaptations to the delivery of this course may be necessary due to COVID -19 restrictions.

Candidates will be interviewed at Mickle Trafford Village School. 

The process, which lasts half a day,  will include, a formal interview, candidates delivering a task of their choosing to a group of children for approximately half an hour, questions from  the School Council ( children) and basic mathematics and writing assessments.

This format may be adapted depending on COVID -19 restrictions.

Please contact Julie Cox on for information about primary based programmes or Andrew Clarkson on for secondary information.

We are a Lead School working in partnership with Bishops' High School and the University of Chester. In our last  Ofsted inspection we were judged to be "Outstanding".

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Headteacher - Mrs Wendy Lyon

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