Bluecoat Academy
Design and Technology (39DJ)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

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.

Interview process

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)
  • a formal interview (small panel)
  • a short written literacy test (20 minutes)
  • a short numeracy and literacy questions booklet (25 minutes)
  • subject knowledge test (where appropriate)

….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

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 primary applicants, the degree does not need to be subject specific

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 (and a Science subject for Primary)

Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills tests

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

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 Aspley Academy is the Lead School for Bluecoat SCITT Alliance; a Church of England Academy, our mission is to create a

distinctive educational community for all based upon Christian faith

and values. Our ethos is based on our mission statement ‘believe in

yourself, in others, in God.’

We support a one year School Direct Training Programme offered for Primary and Secondary, as well as a salaried option in certain subjects.

Trainees follow a school based teacher training programme and work alongside experienced teachers, supported by expert teaching professionals and outstanding teachers to support subject specific teaching. Our training is unique in that training is tailored to individual needs, to ensure all trainees are given the opportunity to succeed. Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham works in partnership with a range of schools situated in Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire to provide high quality initial teacher training.

What our Trainees say about our programme

"What a fantastic year! The SCITT course is well structured and progressively introduces trainees to the demands of the profession in preparation for a successful career in teaching. I was unquestionably supported during the year by course leaders, mentors and friends."

“I enjoy coming together for our training day , where we can share our experiences from our placement schools, and take away excellent advice and information that we take back into the classroom."

“Mentor meetings, support and guidance is constantly excellent and invaluable. SCITT team are all very supportive.”

About the accredited body

We offer QTS + PGCE (60 Master Credits from Sheffield Hallam University).

Ofsted 2017 reported;

• Leadership of the provision 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, carefully 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.

Contact details

0115 9007230
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
Sherwood Rise


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