Trainee Teacher of Physics, Surrey

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Reigate CollegeSurrey

Date posted:
Start date: 1 September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: From £15,121 to £18,795 per annum, depending on the balance of duties between teaching and learning support
Contract term: Fixed Term

Would you like to train as a teacher in sixth form education, whilst being paid to do so?

The College has substantial and successful experience of training teachers and provides a Grade 1 (outstanding) Teacher Training Programme in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Opportunity

The College is seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and hardworking graduate to join the Physics 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 A Level Physics, BTEC Level 3 Applied Science (Physics route) 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 Parent Consultation Meetings.

The post is a fixed-term, full-time appointment and is effective from 1 September 2019 to 2 July 2021. 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 Physics, Engineering, Mechanics or Science 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, along with other STEM subjects. The recently refurbished labs are fully equipped with data projectors, white boards, Wi-Fi, gas, water and fume cupboards. The Department has access to mobile learning devices to further enhance learning.

The Department teaches in a collaborative style, with all staff contributing to centralised resource packs. Students regularly progress onto university courses for Physics, Engineering, Architecture and Maths.

The Department has four other members of teaching staff who work closely as a team in a friendly and co-operative manner. Strong emphasis is given to mutual support by the exchange of ideas and materials. The Department also has access to an experienced team of Technicians who provide support across all of the science subjects.


The Department offers A Level Physics and the Physics route of the BTEC Applied Science qualification.


Trainees are paid from £15,121 to £18,795 per annum, depending on the balance of duties between teaching and learning support. 


Applicants are asked to complete and return the enclosed application form to the Personnel Department by email to as soon as possible, but no later than 9.00am on Monday 24 June 2019.

When completing their application, candidates are asked to indicate:

• Why you are interested in teaching as a career

• 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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More about Reigate College
Phase: Further Education
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 16+ years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0SD, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1737 221118
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Reigate College is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational, sixth form college situated in Reigate, Surrey. It educates students from 16-19 years on a single site, recruiting approximately 35% of learners from local partne...