Train To Teach

We work in partnership with South West Teacher Training to provide opportunities to train to teach here at Torquay Academy.
As a partner school, we host trainees on School Direct courses and offer an experience that supplements the excellent programme at SWTT.


Trainees who spend time at Torquay Academy for one of their placements will benefit from:

  • Our excellent centrally planned curriculum
  • Consistent and centralised behaviour policies and systems
  • Research informed practice
  • An emphasis on quality teaching and learning


The SWTT programme itself includes teaching experience (from Week 2 of the course) alongside regular General Professional Studies Training, intensive Subject Professional Studies tutoring and a variety of other experiences, including:

  • an initial induction week
  • a placement in a local primary school
  • a visit to a Special School
  • Post-16 experience
  • ongoing lesson observation and feedback
  • individual and small group training from SWTT Course Tutors
  • collaborative and team teaching with experienced staff
  • whole group/class teaching experience
  • regular individual support and guidance from a designated Mentor
  • regular General Professional Studies sessions
  • regular Subject Professional Studies sessions
  • study periods for research and reflection
  • subject specialism KS3 and 4 self-audit against the National Curriculum requirements
  • involvement in school departmental meetings, pastoral work, parental consultations, staff meetings, extra-curricular activities
  • teacher training experience in at least two contrasting schools
  • preparation for first teaching post
  • ability to observe and work alongside outstanding practitioners
  • assessment against the Teaching Standards


To apply or to find out more please click on the link below:

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