QUOTES FROM TRAINEES
From the moment I sent a brief message to Louise enquiring about the course (resulting in me not applying anywhere else as I knew I wanted to proceed with my training with Exeter Consortium), I have received amazing kindness and support from all the staff. Being a mum of two young children, I felt that the staff on this course have always been mindful of my work life balance. I also felt that a vital part of my positive well-being outcome relied heavily on my school placement and my relationship with my mentor. I was so fortunate to have such lovely mentors (ladies who have children and understood family life) that I felt I could still be a mum whilst fulfilling all my duties as a trainee teacher. I also felt that if I had any concerns the staff at Exeter Consortium were very approachable and accommodating. I have enjoyed the training that Exeter Consortium have provided. Having the opportunity to visit a variety of different schools and meet educators from all backgrounds has given me profound insight to professional development and networking for my career. I would like to thank the Exeter Consortium staff for all their support throughout my training. TRAINEE 2018-19
From the first day of the course, I knew I had made the right choice to train with Exeter Consortium. From the pre-course admin to our final graduation, I received nothing but the best support and positive guidance at every stage of the training process. With a large proportion of time spent in school placements, I was able to see how current educational thinking can work in practice, as well as get an authentic idea of what it is like to be a teacher and confirm that this is the career for me. Alongside this, the training input I received from experienced practitioners was relevant and engaging and covered a wide range of topics. I was fully supported in completing the academic assignments by both the Consortium team and tutors from Bath Spa University.
As a result of the high-quality teacher training I received, I have been able to secure a teaching position and begin my NQT year with confidence, and I would not hesitate to recommend Exeter Consortium to anyone thinking of training as a teacher. – Abi (Trainee 18/19 and currently an NQT in a partner school)
I would highly recommend doing your teacher training with the Consortium. The staff are extremely friendly and supportive. They’re always happy to help you and provide a wealth of advice. They made sure to place me in schools that suited my personality and I was lucky enough to have two amazing placements. From my first day at school to my last day at the Consortium, Dawn was there for me through every step of my journey. Overall, my teacher training journey has been thoroughly enjoyable - I’m not just saying that, promise! – Rosie (Trainee 18/19 and currently an NQT in a partner school)
Right from the beginning, I was really impressed by the service that the Exeter Consortium provides for trainees. They took into account my needs when considering my placement schools, which meant they were easily accessible without a car, and were on hand at every step with support and advice. Knowing that I could contact their staff - who have practical classroom experience and knowledge of the course, and really cared about my progress - made it so much easier to achieve QTS status. I believe that this is what sets the Exeter Consortium training route apart from others.
The team really go the extra mile to help trainees, from providing laptops for us to offering mock interviews for jobs, and this has enabled me to achieve Outstanding as my final grade and to gain a permanent job in a local school. I would certainly recommend this route for anyone interested in training to become a teacher. 2015/2016 primary cohort
The course so far has been fantastic. There is so much support and advice available from your PST, Mentor and university tutors. The balance of being in school getting hands-on experience and being at university is perfect. The difference in my own confidence, from the start of the course until now is incredible. I would highly recommend this route into teaching as it enables you to build professional relationships and experience in the classroom from the outset. 2015/2016 primary cohort
The Consortium's School Direct programme has given me the opportunity to train in local Primary schools alongside experienced professionals from the outset. The key advantage was being able to meet my class and begin to build those important relationships right at the start of the academic year. The first two week placement in school helped cement those relationships with both children and teaching staff, and provided an excellent foundation going forward into the next phase of my teaching practice. I have found theadditional professional development training sessions to be hugely beneficial. They are an ideal opportunity not only to learn from and network with teaching professionals, but also to meet with other trainees and share experiences. Staff at The Consortium areencouraging and knowledgeable, and are always available to offer advice and support. 2015/2016 primary cohort
We are fortunate enough to have someone who is extremely wise and inspiring to lead our Schools Direct group. The support and advice from my university tutor and my class teacher has been invaluable. Being in schools from day one allowed us to build up a rapport with the pupils and staff which proved very helpful. 2015/2016 primary cohort
The process of searching for PGCE/SCITT Providers was appearing really daunting but when I came across PGCE SD@Exeter I felt it really had something to offer that was different from all the rest. It fuses the School Direct aspect of working in a school with the PGCE academic side. This is the balance that I was looking for and so far I’m really enjoying my experience. One of the best attributes of the course is the fact that you have a ‘home school’ meaning that from day one you are integrated into a school and not out on a limb. It means that you learn so much more about setting up a classroom ready for the beginning of the year and then following that through to the end. I also love that we are given the opportunity to place the academic learning alongside direct experience more often. I feel that by the end of the course I will not just be more prepared for the NQT year but that I will also be better equipped for it. It’s really exciting to be a part of something innovative and I’m really pleased to be a member of the first cohort, I definitely made the right choice! 2014/2015 primary cohort
The PGCE School Direct course is an absolutely fantastic route which I would highly recommend to anyone looking to pursue a career in primary education. 2015/2016 primary cohort
Fantastic support given throughout the course from a range of experienced professionals. 2015/2016 primary cohort
Brilliant career links and networking across all of the Consortium schools. 2015/2016 primary cohort
High expectations leading to high achievements and employability at the end of the course. 2015/2016 primary cohort
A perfect balance between the taught course and the practical 'hands-on' experience required to become an outstanding teacher. 2015/2016 primary cohort
The Consortium have been fantastic at providing extra sessions to support and grow the cohort professionally. The extra support they provide is unparalleled to anything else, they really go above and beyond to establish us early on as professionals. Before we even started in our home school it has always felt like we are the Consortium's number one priority which instills a humbling sense of confidence in yourself and your cohort. Not only do Exeter Consortium provide the invaluable extra support, the social support from the cohort is amazing; we have all rallied together to guide each other through placements and the university course. The opportunities to meet working professionals from around the county working in a variety of schools is an opportunity that not many trainee teachers are given. Having moved cities, choosing the School Direct route has to be one of the best decisions I have ever made because of these reasons. 2015/2016 primary cohort
QUOTES FROM TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LEADERS
I was impressed with the level of reflection on the part of the leaders and the strong consultation process that has taken place. This has led to worthwhile changes being implemented leading to a cohesive programme for 2019/20. This is a fit for purpose, robust programme with pedagogy at the forefront. NATIONAL LEADER OF EDUCATION.
We recently interviewed several Early Years trainees from a range of providers for an Early Years post. The quality of the trainees from Exeter Consortium, in terms of depth of knowledge, practical experiences and their ability to articulate their learning was outstanding. The candidates were able to apply their learning from the course exceptionally well in the interviews. We had no hesitation in shortening the field to the Exeter Consortium candidates and then had great difficulty in deciding which of these trainees to appoint. All in all, it was clear that the course is significantly strong in preparing Early Years teachers for entry into the profession.
This is the best group of ITT students we have ever had, both in terms of the relationships they have built with the school and the quality of the trainees.
A QUOTE FROM AN APPLICANT WHO ATTENDED FOR INTERVIEW RECENTLY
I just wanted to send you a line to thank you and your team for such a pleasant interview experience!... you were so welcoming and supportive at Exeter Consortium. The interview experience really helped to solidify my confidence and desire to become a teacher.
A QUOTE FROM A POTENTIAL TRAINEE WHO ATTENDED A RECENT TASTER DAY
Just a quick note to say thank you to you and your colleagues for the open evening on Tuesday. It struck a nice balance between informality and informative. I would feel very happy to contact the team for further help and information.