Why Train with Us
Teach South West delivers high quality school-led Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes for aspiring secondary teachers across the South West.
The School Direct programme is led by Ivybridge Community College, which has substantial experience of leading ITT and is one of the first 100 Teaching Schools in the country. The partnership of placement schools and Higher Education provider is committed to training and developing outstanding teachers for the future.
Wellbeing through Support for Trainee Teachers
“I came to Ivybridge Community College with prior knowledge and experience of the College, yet the step-up from Teaching Assistant to Teacher has been a real eye opener. Breaking through a barrier of nerves and trepidation has been a challenging experience but the support I have received to do it has been second to none. From help with lesson planning, to talking about a lesson that didn't go to plan, I feel I have someone to talk to at all times.
Being tucked away in Rees Block with the English Department, I don't often see much else of the College, yet there is an overriding sense of welcome when I walk through the corridors, both from students and staff. There is always someone making themselves available to answer any and every question I have.
This is the very beginning of my journey into the career of a teacher, but I can say with wholehearted honesty that I am glad to have the support of Ivybridge Community College to help me develop. “
Callum Bailey - PGCE Teacher Trainee , November 2018
I recently attended a TeachMeet event at Ivybridge Community College. It was a fantastic event with a great atmosphere filled with excellent presentations promoting different teaching practices and research. The event was very well organised and ran smoothly and I particularly enjoyed the raffle throughout the evening! Personally, I thought it was a great way to network and meet other teachers from different schools. Since I am at the beginning of my teaching journey this event allowed me to get insights into different teacher’s experiences and resources they use in classroom environments. I will definitely be exploring the ideas presented during the evening and look forward to the next TeachMeet event.
Lizzie Dowling –Teach South West Trainee, June 2018
My Journey Into Teaching
"After having spent over ten years in a University environment, as a student, Researcher and Tutor, I made the leap in Spring 2015 to train to teach. I was pretty sure that I wanted to train through a School Direct route, rather than a university because I was eager to get into the classroom and learn on the job. After interviewing at Ivybridge, I was delighted to be offered a training position at such an outstanding school. I started in College in mid-September, and I can honestly say that my perception of the teaching profession changed dramatically and very quickly. Prior to starting, we trainees had spent two weeks in the Training Centre, learning the acronyms and buzzwords, and being taught the theory of Behaviour Management. During the first couple of weeks of observations and trying to pull apart the details of the lessons in light of this theory, my admiration for teachers went through the roof. I hadn’t appreciated the intricacies of the classroom, and how many, often conflicting, priorities had to be juggled to enable learning to happen.
Fortunately, Ivybridge provided me with an amazingly supportive environment, particularly at the start. I was able to begin teaching quickly, although the amount I took on initially was driven by me. I had a brilliant mentor, who gave me useful feedback, and really helped me to focus my goals. Often, it felt like as I was getting to grips with one of the teaching standards, another would trip me up, but over the course of the year my confidence, and ability to juggle the necessary elements of the classroom, grew. The support at Ivybridge came not just from the department, but also in terms of the professional development on offer. One advantage of Ivybridge being such a large school was the network of trainees, of different backgrounds, subjects and training routes who came together during these meetings, to share ideas, successes and failures.
After my training year I remained at Ivybridge as an NQT, and this sense of community has only grown. The Maths Department are a great team to work with and be part of, and the group of NQTs and the support of our NQT Coordinator has been priceless. As I continue to develop as a teacher, I couldn’t have hoped for a better route into this profession, nor a better place to train."