About the course
Our school based training means you will be based in one of our partner schools on a main placement Monday – Thursday, and employed by the school as a member of staff. On Friday trainees come together for a day’s training of pedagogy and subject knowledge, following a comprehensive programme across the year. The PGCE delivered by Sheffield Hallam University will also take place on four Fridays across the year at the SCITT Training Centre (Nottingham). In the Spring term you will spend 3 weeks at another school, as the training must include you teaching in two schools. You will be assessed throughout the year against the Teaching Standards as your work to gain QTS.
The PGCE is optional in this route.
The course has been carefully structured to guide you through your transformation from a skilled practitioner to a confident teacher within a practical learning environment. Your choice to begin this course was just the beginning of your journey to learn and understand how to capture the observations and curiosity of young, aspiring children.
You will understand the National Curriculum and relevant Key Stages.
The course aims to:
- Fulfil and support the general aims of the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham Programme as set out in the submitted scheme
- Develop competencies specific to the phase and subject which you are teaching
- Ensure that trainees are competent professionals and effective teachers
- Encourage an enthusiasm for education
- Encourage trainees to challenge pupils and to meet their individual needs through personalisation.
You will be assigned a Subject Lead/Phase Lead. They will help you with specific subject issues and lead the Sessions.
You will have your own Mentor on each placement. This is an experienced teacher in your subject. They will give you an hour’s 1:1 mentoring session every week. They will also be the first person you should ask when you need help.
In addition to others in the department, you will also work with colleagues in the SCITT, throughout the school, in learning support and the Senior Leadership Team who will be pro-active in helping you. One of the advantages of choosing school based training is that you spend a significant amount of time in schools which have been selected because they want to train new entrants to the profession to become outstanding practitioners.
If you are offered an interview this will be at one of the alliance schools for the phase range. The interview usually takes ½ a day. We are looking for an understanding of school based training, an awareness of current educational issues, a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling, clear reasons for wanting to teach, commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability, maturity and self-confidence, and an appropriate level of subject knowledge. You can expect to undertake the following tasks,
The interview process will include;
- a short presentation (5 minutes)
- a mini lesson with small group of students (20 minutes)
- an interview (small panel)
- a short writing activity
….as well as the opportunity to ask any questions.
If you are successful at this interview you will be offered a conditional place.
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Throughout the day staff involved in the interviews and activities will be assessing applicants, their suitability to work with children, experience, qualifications (and subject knowledge) and potential to become a trainee teacher.
How school placements work
You will apply through UCAS and are enrolled on to the SCITT programme but are contracted to and paid through a school who is offering a training place through this route.
The placement school is responsible for you in all aspects of contractual employment and must issue a contract of employment.
You will be in school for four days per week with Fridays spent undertaking training provided by Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Training.
All applications must be submitted through UCAS.
You will start teaching from the beginning of the year. Your timetable will increase across the three terms:
TERM 1 7 Lessons
TERM 2 10 Lessons
TERM 3 14 Lessons
It is important that this teaching should be distributed across the two key stages for which training is undertaken, starting with KS 3 in Term 1, building to include KS4 in terms 2 & 3.
You will have a mentor who plays a vital part in supporting you by providing a weekly mentor meeting, and members of the SCITT team will observe you in class and support you on a regular basis.
You are formally assessed by way of a report at each half term, and a final report at the end of each term.
You are required to present a range of evidence in the form of Extended Learning Tasks in order to demonstrate your full achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.
SCITT Salaried trainees apply through UCAS and are enrolled on to the SCITT programme but are contracted to and paid through a school.
The placement school is responsible for the trainee in all aspects of contractual employment and must issue a contract of employment.
Trainees are paid at point one of the unqualified teacher scale. Schools should issue a 0.8 contract for 12 months (1 September – 31 August)
PGCE option: Salaried trainees are given the option of undertaking a PGCE (with 60 Masters level credits) validated by Sheffield Hallam University. Trainees will have to cover the cost of the PGCE fees themselves (currently £1545 split across 3 Terms, 25%, 25%, 50%).
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
UK Degree or recognised standard equivalent at least 2:2 or above (please contact us if this is not the case to discuss)
For secondary applicants this should be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. Ideally, we would expect that at least 50% of your degree is relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.
GCSE (or recognised standard equivalent) grade C or 4 or above in English and Mathematics
A desire to teach and work with young people.
All teachers need to be able to communicate well.
A commitment to work hard. Our teachers and partnership schools will work hard in supporting you, and you must demonstrate equal commitment.
Teaching is about working with others, we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other trainees and with teachers.
You need to be open to new ideas, willing to review your own progress and reflect on the new situations in which you will find yourself. You will need to be organised and independent.
Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for 'Fitness to Teach'.
All applicants must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. You will be required to disclose previous offences as part of the checks.
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, and everyone involved in the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham trainee placements shares this commitment, and are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.
About the training provider
Bluecoat SCITT is passionate about education and the role education plays in transforming pupils’ future opportunities. Forming part of Archway Learning Trust we proudly share values of “Educational Excellence” for all pupils. We strive to ensure that all trainees are fully equipped for a career in teaching, ensuring the dedication and skill-set to remove any barriers to learning pupils in their classes may face. We are unapologetic in our drive to provide high quality trainees to work with pupils of all backgrounds from a wide spectrum of educational beginnings.
The advantage of school based training is the significant amount of time spent in schools, who are selected because they want to train new entrants to the profession to become outstanding practitioners. You are in school Monday – Thursday learning first-hand from practising teachers with a proven track record for excellence. We work with a range of different schools across Nottinghamshire and organise a tailored placement for you, to fit your individual needs, allowing you to become fully immersed in school life and wider community. This is underpinned by high quality training each Friday, covering an extensive range of different teaching skills delivered by experts in their field.
We pride ourselves on the layers of support our trainees receive. You will be assigned a Subject/Phase Lead who will help you with specific subject issues and lead subject/phase sessions.
You will be supported by an experienced subject teacher mentor on each placement offering 1:1 support each week.
About the accredited body
“Supportive and tailored training of teachers for the future!”
QTS + PGCE (60 Master Credits Sheffield Hallam University).
• Leadership is a strength; Leaders have a clear moral purpose and ambition to ensure that the provision meets the needs of trainees.
• Very strong and effective engagement of the partnership. Employment rates are good, meeting local needs well.
• Trainees have high standards of professionalism,
receive high-quality and tailored support in response to their emerging needs.
• High-quality well planned subject training takes place weekly, focused so that trainees are quickly able to apply their learning in classroom
Training with disabilities and other needs
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality and diversity across all aspects of the partnership. We aim to ensure equality of opportunity for all trainee teachers and staff, in an environment in which all individuals are recognised as being of equal value and are able to make best use of their skills through equality of opportunity. Our commitment to equality is, in part, achieved through the eradication of discrimination including disability (physical or mental impairment). We support the ethos of the social model of disability which attempts to remove barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people. We encourage all trainee teachers, or stakeholders to alert a relevant member of staff if they are disabled or become disabled in order that the SCITT can support them as appropriate.
If you require any special access arrangements, or disability support, we will ensure your placement school is suited to your needs and able to provide the support you require.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Bluecoat Aspley Academy, Aspley Lane, Aspley, Nottingham NG8 5GY
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