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Trainee Teacher of Biology

Reigate CollegeSurrey

Would you like to train as a teacher in sixth form education, whilst being paid to do so? Reigate College offers the opportunity to gain your PGCE alongside paid employment as a trainee. The College is a National Teaching School with substantial and successful experience of training teachers.

With an exceptional reputation both locally and nationally, Reigate College focuses on outstanding teaching, learning and support to make it one of the best sixth form colleges in the country. Graded outstanding by Ofsted, the College is a great place to work and study, with an active and supportive community ethos at the heart of everything it does.

The Opportunity

The College is seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and hardworking Biology or Science graduate to join the Biology Department and train to become a teacher. The successful applicant will be given a fixed-term contract over the training period and will divide their time between teaching and learning support duties.

The College has a well-developed mentoring system and comprehensive professional development opportunities, through which, trainees will be fully supported towards a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education.

The Qualification

The post holder will undertake a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education over the duration of the fixed-term contract. They will work at the College during the working day and complete the lectures and seminars for the qualification on Monday nights from 6.00pm until 9.00pm each week. These sessions will take place on the College campus.

The Post

As a trainee, your typical week will comprise of teaching, usually between 1 and 17 periods per week (21 is full-time teacher), in addition to planning, preparation and marking time. The remainder of your time will be spent as a Learning Facilitator (Teaching Assistant) either supporting in class or working with individual students.

In addition to the PGCE sessions, you will be expected to attend various evening events throughout the year including Open Evenings and Student Review Meetings.

The post is a fixed-term, full-time appointment and is effective from 1 September 2021 to 7 July 2023. It is important to note that the College is unable to guarantee you any employment once your training is complete.

Applicants must have a relevant degree in Biology or a related subject and must not already hold a teaching qualification. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate a clear commitment to a career in teaching and preferably have experience of working with young adults.

The Department

The Department is housed in the County Building in modern, fully equipped labs with access to mobile learning technology. The ten-strong team work in a collaborative style, contributing to central teaching resources. Students regularly progress onto university courses for Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Maths and Teaching.


The Department offers the following courses:

• A Level Biology

• BTEC Applied Human Biology

• GCSE Biology (for students wishing to improve their GCSE grade for progression pathways)

The Department also operates a number of ‘Plus’ classes, designed to improve student performance as part of the timetabled periods.


Trainees are paid from £16,045 to £19,944 per annum, depending on the balance of duties between teaching and learning support.


Full details and an application form can be downloaded from our website ( or found in the Supporting Documents section of this page. Applicants are asked to complete and return the application form to the Personnel Department by email to as soon as possible, but no later than 9.00am on Monday 19 April 2021.

When completing their application, candidates are asked to indicate:

• Why you are interested in a career in teaching

• Any experience you have of working or shadowing in an educational environment

• Any previous experience of working with young people and what you gained from this as useful development/preparation for a career in teaching

• Any evidence of working with people other than young people

• Personal qualities that you have that you believe would make you a suitable teacher

• Specific areas of your degree/employment that are relevant to the post advertised

• Particular strengths, experiences and interests that you would bring to this post

• What you are able to bring to College life outside of your teaching commitment

Reigate College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. These posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on successful applicants including an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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