Graduate Academy

The Smile Graduate Academy is a dedicated programme for graduates seeking their first step on the teaching ladder.

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Who should apply?

If you are a graduate looking to begin a teaching career, have the desire to inspire young minds and want to gain meaningful classroom experience prior to embarking on a PGCE / School Direct / SCITT etc.

Our academy model is simple - if you hold a degree coupled with the enthusiasm, drive and determination to make a genuine difference in the classroom, then we will assist by listening to your requirements and introducing you to our partner schools who share the same values, ambition and personality.

You will get to immerse yourself in school life, learn from the dedicated teachers around you and, where suitable, progress onto the school's teacher training programme. This is a great opportunity to experience the craft of the classroom and decide if teaching is the career for you.

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Benefits of joining the academy

We want our graduates to grow into their TA/LSA roles as the months go on, to learn from the experienced and dedicated teachers they assist and make a positive impact on all the children they support.

The Smile Graduate Academy will provide successful Teaching Assistants with:

Initial Training - Safeguarding, Prevent, Behaviour Management and SEN
Access to a resource portal and online training
Ongoing personal development - termly training days

Graduate Academy Journey

How to apply

If you are already of the mindset that teaching is a career for you and you want to start your introduction the school life as a Teaching Assistant then apply to now with your CV and covering letter.

The Smile Graduate Academy are placing graduates into TA, LSA, intervention roles for an academic year so they can move seamlessly onto a teacher training programme the following year. By gaining substantial classroom experience our aim is to improve the retention rates and ultimately the recruitment needs for schools as you can 'grow your own' future teachers.

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Benefits for schools

Graduate TA's / LSA's are there to work alongside class teachers and add value by;

  • Working directly with lower-attaining pupils via 1:1 and small group structured interventions
  • Allow pupils to develop independent learning skills / bridge the gap and accelerate progress
  • Add value outside of the classroom through extra-curricular activities
  • Assist the class teacher with classroom / lesson preparation
  • Be utilised through the school as a cover if the need arises saving you money and inconvenience
  • Many graduates will continue from their support role onto a PGCE / School Direct / SCITT programme. Could this be with you?

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