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Teaching in Wokingham

Teaching in Wokingham

Pupils at school

There are lots of reasons why Wokingham borough is a great place to start or continue a teaching career.

Select from the areas below to find out:

  • How we help and support teachers
  • More about schools in Wokingham
  • Why Wokingham is a great place to be 

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In 2015 Wokingham was voted "Best place in the country 2015” - due to high average salaries, excellent schools and low crime rates.

Wokingham has:

  • Excellent transport links  - central London is about 45 minutes by train and many of our schools are within in walking distance of local transport
  • Many new housing developments with key worker housing - our town expansion plans are in progress
  • Great places to socialise  - including friendly pubs and bars, good restaurants and a vibrant nightlife 
  • A blend of countryside, town and historic features - something for everyone
  • Good leisure facilities

Wokingham is also close to

  • Reading - a regional shopping hub with a university vibe
  • A wide cultural offering including theatres, galleries, cinemas and annual festivals - including Reading Festival and Rewind Festival 
  • High quality sports - for example Reading Football Club, London Irish Rugby, Wokingham Hockey Club and Henley Regatta

But don't take our word for it. Newly Qualified Teachers have said:

"When I was a student I heard others at my university saying it was a good place to train and that there was good support from the local authority.”

“Good quality CPD opportunities and a well-established NQT induction programme was one of the things that attracted me to Wokingham.”

“I looked at lots of schools, including some in different authorities. The Wokingham Heads all talked positively about the training opportunities that WBC offer for NQTs and all of the schools talked about buying into the programme.”

Pupils at school

Our tight knit community of just under 60 schools works closely together:

  • Our primary schools are a mix of small rural schools, dedicated infant or junior schools, large town based primary schools
  • Our schools represent a mixture of community, faith, academies and free schools
  • We have high performing secondary schools - both single sex and mixed provision
  • We meet a wide range of pupil needs through a range of specialist provision - including dedicated specialist schools and resource units
  • Our schools reflect our diverse community representing many cultures and traditions and with over 126 languages spoken

 

Our pupils already do very well you can help them to do even better. We'll give you:

  • Scope to innovate and make a difference
  • A collaborative approach to improving learning and teaching
  • Vibrant and creating exciting places for learning
  • School cluster groups that work together to support sharing of good practice
  • Partnership working and a strong relationship with us

Our schools are exciting places to be:

  • We have a schools expansion programme bringing further opportunities for career development
  • We offer regular inter-school sporting and arts events
  • Our children regularly perform at local and national arenas with great musical pedigree

To find out more about our schools select the tab you are interested in below.

School pupil with a teacher

We can offer:

  • High quality and extensive NQT induction support from all our schools
  • Regular opportunities to network and meet other teachers - TeachMeet events
  • Annual local NQT conferences 
  • Good partnerships with local training providers and teaching school alliances
  • Return to teaching opportunities
  • Talent spotting and  development of future leaders    
  • Development of  outreach skills and system leadership
  • Support for SEN training and expertise
  • Links with Reading University for career development 
  • Secondment and stepping up opportunities
  • Leadership support and an annual development conference

But don't take our word for it. Newly Qualified Teachers have said:

"I've had experiences in schools in other boroughs before, but Wokingham has been the most supportive and helpful, particularly in my NQT year. The courses were relevant and we were always supplied with multiple sources of advice and information, whether it was the WBC website or someone we could email at any time with any issue. The support I received from my school was particularly brilliant. I felt that the training of new teachers was seen as especially valuable. I was given many opportunities to develop professionally, not only by going on courses relevant to my particular needs but also by observing teaching at other schools within the borough."

"The NQT induction is excellent. The training is practical and can be applied to your classroom straight away."

Pupils looking at a computer

Undergraduate teacher training

Undergraduate teacher training combines teacher training with your degree subject. You leave university with a degree and Qualified Teacher Status - QTS. The scheme can be on a full or part-time basis.

If you are interested contact the university of your choice by visiting the University and Colleges Admission Service website or see get into teaching section of the Department for Education website.

This allows graduates to gain Qualified Teacher Status - QTS. For more information see the Reading University Institute of Education website.

This is for postgraduates who wish to train to become teachers. For more information see the Graduate Teacher Training Registry website

Career change teacher training

The Transition to Teaching Programme is a Government funded programme for people who have business experience to consider becoming maths, science and ICT secondary school teachers. To find out more see the Department for Education teaching website.

Overseas teachers

Overseas teachers who want to teach in Britain can find out more from the  Department for Education teaching website.

Newly Qualified Teachers

Our schools offer Newly Qualified Teachers high educational standards and a high quality professional development and induction programme  

Our schools also have positive Ofsted Inspection results.

If you are a Newly Qualified Teacher and you want to find out more email hrenquiries@wokingham.gov.uk.

Schools in Wokingham Borough manage their own supply needs either directly with teachers or via supply agencies.  

Find out more about our nursery schools by visiting the website below:

Find out more about our primary schools by visiting the website below:

Find out more about our secondary schools by visiting the websites below:

Find out more about our special needs school by visiting the website below:

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