The Billericay Educational Consortium (BEC) held its annual Award Ceremony on Friday 5th October for the latest cohort of successful trainee teachers. Jonathan Osborn, Headteacher at The King Edmund School in Rochford was the guest speaker as the primary trainees received their PGCE award at Masters level and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
Billericay Educational Consortium rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, has been working with a substantial number of Essex schools to meet the demand for high calibre teachers.
The year long course is a challenging one, with trainees, both recent graduates and mature entrants, receiving ‘on the job’ training in schools with additional input delivered by classroom practitioners. All trainees have secured their first teaching posts.
Friends and families were present to celebrate with the newly qualified teachers. One student said the course was:” The toughest year of my life but the most worthwhile.”
The training requires the meeting of a range of Teachers’ Standards including secure subject knowledge, assessment strategies, phonics and positive behaviour management.
Kay Truscott-Howell, Executive Director said: “Our success is due to the close relationship we have with our partnership schools which ensures we can provide the best experience for our trainees. We are renowned in the area for producing excellent teachers and this is why our courses are so popular”.
Graduates considering a career in teaching can contact BEC through its website www.billericayscitt.com.
They can talk to an expert on Primary or Secondary teaching and local schools are happy to accept visits from prospective teachers. There are a range of bursaries available with up to £26,000 for graduates seeking to train in priority subjects at secondary level.