The Smile Graduate Academy is a dedicated programme for graduates seeking their first step on the teaching ladder by providing them with an opportunity to gain experience in the classroom by becoming a graduate teaching assistant.

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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. Our Academy is open to all graduates, no matter what the degree subject. 

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 teaching assistant or learning support mentor 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

The journey of a Smile Education Academy graduate

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, all you need to do is submit your CV.

The Smile Graduate Academy are placing graduates into teaching assistant, learning support mentor or 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.

Ways you can apply to join Smile Education’s Graduate Academy

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