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12/07/24

Dear Parents and Carer's,Our final review for the school year is available for your viewing.Have a lovely weekend!https://t.co/vEurh4dbv1 pic.twitter.com/Nwc7kHiUoL

12/07/24

Pleased to “open” the defibrillator and bleed kit at ⁦⁩ -the first in the UK to be placed in a school. All thanks to ⁦⁩ for raising both awareness and funds for this much needed equipment. Also good to tour the school-guided by the JLT. pic.twitter.com/0miysPuawu

11/07/24

Important information with regards to the last day of term. pic.twitter.com/rOzqr0fpB9

11/07/24

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09/07/24

All set and ready for Annie, put on by this evening . It’s great to see the students’ in action! pic.twitter.com/EDSNdsaFbq

09/07/24

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05/07/24

Outstanding display of athletics from Yr7-9 students at the Nicky Morris Challenge. Yr7 and Yr8/9 teams both finishing as division winners meaning they also finished as overall winners. Well done girls!! 🏆🏆🏆🥇🥇🥇 pic.twitter.com/R93BOkenGQ

04/07/24

Our Year 6 into Year 7 Parent Information Evening is a full house! Thank you to everyone for coming. pic.twitter.com/VqoNn2G4OW

04/07/24

Our Head Boy voting! Getting ready for his speech as returning officer. pic.twitter.com/VEFlzrRo2P

04/07/24

The Polling Station has just opened at break time ! The ballot box is bulging. pic.twitter.com/EbnZEyou6V

03/07/24

Well done to the Dance Elite Team who secured 8th place in yesterday’s grand national finals competition! The passion, energy and overall performance was outstanding💫Miss Sheldrake & Miss Kermode are beyond proud of all the hard work and dedication this team have put in🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/DKwmH6CWwX

02/07/24

Thank you for a great JLT exchange today. SET working together. pic.twitter.com/mLV9WTwDut

02/07/24

Picnic on the beach pic.twitter.com/SFb89iw9aC

02/07/24

Please come and support our final event in the PA calendar. 🎭 pic.twitter.com/9WKzcDcxDh

02/07/24

A pleasure to welcome students and colleagues from to shadow students today. We hope you enjoy the day! pic.twitter.com/Z7guO15Bo8

02/07/24

A pleasure to see student at RBA, working hard with our JLT. Student Exchange! pic.twitter.com/RXSiz2feQ7

01/07/24

We are doing well and playing football Y9 vs Y10 pic.twitter.com/Y2nKIBVwRU

01/07/24

Circle of positivity pic.twitter.com/Dldq4YfaqL

01/07/24

Thank you for your hospitality! We can’t wait to see you tomorrow at RBA. Stronger together! pic.twitter.com/oIBuFIOYDo

01/07/24

Rehearsal ready pic.twitter.com/QdTjoM4EJa

01/07/24

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Teaching Assistant to join our RBA family. More information on this rewarding role can be found at https://t.co/7vXSyCJ1D2 pic.twitter.com/nJJ15c02DS

01/07/24

RBA JLT working hard in lessons. students collaborating! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1N74ySUURR

01/07/24

RBA JLT - Awesome start to the day with a leadership conference for the Mr Cunningham! pic.twitter.com/Ug3ZxVY6AL

28/06/24

This week's review is available for your viewing.Have a lovely weekend!https://t.co/0zPH3tMUO2 pic.twitter.com/hqSo1g6kEE

25/06/24

Motivational speaker Dan Sarginson (ex England international rugby player) giving us some insights into his life and his mental health over the years at Teacher Conference Day at Thank you Dan! pic.twitter.com/fVk0PiSTPX

Train to Teach

Robert Barclay Academy is part of the East Herts Partnership offering teacher training places each year on a salaried or unsalaried basis in the East Hertfordshire region. The schools in the partnership are fantastic places to train, work and learn. They provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, which is our higher education partner. Our partnership’s vision is simple but powerful; we prepare our teachers and students to be respectful of others, to be confident in all that they do and to achieve their full potential.

Also, all partnership schools endeavour to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. We have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer our respective school communities.

Importantly, the partnership sees its staff as its most valuable resource and its schools have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

School Direct

What is School Direct?

School Direct is an initial teacher training programme based in schools as opposed to university. Although trainees do spend time with our higher education partner, the University of Hertfordshire, most of the training is in school. The idea of School Direct is to give trainee teachers more ‘hands-on’ teaching experience than traditional university based routes into teaching. There are two School Direct programmes offered by the East Herts partnership: these are the salaried and fee paying routes.

School Direct (Salaried)

The School Direct (salaried) means you will be employed by the school and receive a salary while you train. It is primarily aimed at career changes.

Course Requirements

  • Relevant experience
  • An honours degree (2.2 or above)
  • GCSE English and maths at Grade C or above
  • A GCSE science at Grade C or above if you want to be a primary school teacher
  • A degree in your specialist subject if you want to be a secondary school teacher

Advantages

As a salaried trainee you will:

  • Receive a salary as an unqualified teacher while you train
  • Work alongside experienced and expert practitioners
  • Get a real feel for the profession by being immediately immersed in school life
  • Receive qualified teacher status (QTS) at the end of the course

School Direct (Fee Paying)

In the School Direct (fee paying) route, you will need to pay tuition fees, which are around £9,000 but vary from subject to subject. UK and EU students are eligible for a student loan to cover 100% of the fees. However, although you will have to pay fees, you will receive expert tuition on learning and teaching from the University of Hertfordshire and will gain invaluable experience from your colleagues at school. At the end of the programme, you will receive a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) as well as QTS.

Course Requirements

  • An honours degree (2.2 or above, but all degrees will be considered)
  • GCSE English and maths at Grade C or above
  • GCSE science at Grade C or above

Advantages

As a fee paying trainee you will:

  • You will work alongside expert and experienced practitioners
  • Gain QTS and a PGCE at the end of the course
  • Get a real feel for the profession by being immediately immersed in school life
  • Could get your fees covered by a student loan
  • Could be eligible for a bursary (limited to certain subjects)

Why Train With Us?

Robert Barclay Academy, or one the other schools in the partnership, are fantastic places to train, work and learn. We provide a unique school-based learning opportunity in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, which is our higher education partner. Our partnership’s vision is simple but powerful we prepare our teachers and students to be respectful of others, to be confident in all that they do and to achieve their full potential.

Also, all partnership schools endeavour to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. We have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer our respective school communities.

Importantly, the partnership sees its staff as its most valuable resource and its schools have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

Partnership Schools

All trainees will undertake a day at the University of Hertfordshire each week and complete a second placement, usually at one of our partnership schools all located in East Hertfordshire.  Aside from Robert Barclay Academy, the other schools are Goffs Academy, Goffs-Churchgate Academy, Haileybury – Turnford, Goffs Oak Primary, Burleigh Primary, Downfield Primary and Hunsdon Primary.

Where to Find Our Schools

All schools in the partnership are strategically positioned a few miles from Junction 25 of the M25 and are all close to the A1. The nearest mainline railway stations are in Cheshunt and Broxbourne. Goffs Oak Primary is quite close to Cuffley station. The University of Hertfordshire is in Hatfield, which is well served by rail from London Kings Cross and is on the A1. Full directions to the university and schools can be found on their websites.

Special Features

All schools in the partnership offer a variety of special features. Each school has its unique ethos and student vibe. One of the benefits of the partnership is the ability to work in Hertfordshire, but have excellent access to London.

Student Facilities

All schools have a variety of extra-curricular activities that enrich student life. The pastoral care at each school is excellent and each school offers child protection training and advice on safeguarding.

Study Facilities

All schools have their own unique study facilities and you will be given a full tour of the school on interview to view these facilities.  

Accommodation

East Herts Schools Direct Partnership does not provide any accommodation for trainee teachers. However, the area the schools are situated in have plenty of opportunities for those seeking to rent accommodation. The schools also have good rail and road links with London.

Child Care Facilities

The University of Hertfordshire has child care facilities which can be used by School Direct trainees when they are studying on the university site as part of their programme. However, partnership schools cannot provide trainees with child care facilities and this will have to be organised by the trainee and at their own expense.

Disability Access

The University of Hertfordshire has full disabled access. It would, however, be useful if applicants who would benefit from disabled access could let the training schools know on their application, so that schools can ensure that they can access the school and can fully participate in the interview process.

Vacancies/Training Places

Applications for September will open in October.

You will need to apply via UCAS in addition to letting the partnership know. 

At Robert Barclay Academy, the following subjects may be available from September:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Physics

Contact

The East Herts School Direct Partnership is run on behalf of all schools in the partnership.  We can advise, (or put you in touch with someone who can!) on all aspects including administration of the partnership, including recruitment, selection of candidates and the partnership’s UCAS portal.

Robert Barclay Academy

Useful Information

Hertfordshire Regional Partnership/University of Hertfordshire

Key Documentation

Applicants Pre-application Task Form

Other Links

Information for overseas candidates regarding NARIC

Training Agency website for School Direct

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