About the course
Our training programme has been highly commended in our Ofsted report.
See our LETTA NQTs talking about the programme.
Our partner schools are all in Tower Hamlets or Newham. Please see our prospectus on (www.letta.org.uk) for current partner schools. Training days take place at Stebon Primary, E14.
Trainees are out of school once a week and sometimes on other occasions. The training covers various topics eg.,
- Mindset theory
- Learning theories
- Child development
- Behaviour for Learning/Behaviour Management
- Philosophy for children (p4c)
- Shared/guided reading/phonics
- Foundation subjects
- Children's wellbeing
Sessions are led by school practitioners, LETTA tutors, consultants, authors, nationally known figures, eg., Prof. Barry Hymer, Pie Corbett, Jenny Mosley, Dr. Bill Rogers, Sir John Jones.
Trainees are in school for four days a week. Over the course of the year, the amount of planning and teaching gradually increases so that trainees become accomplished teachers ready for their first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Trainees work alongside a class teacher/mentor who consistently demonstrates good and outstanding practice. Trainees also learn by observing mentors and school staff, and focusing upon children’s learning. Trainees attend all school inset and meetings and are part of the school team.
Trainees also have experiences in other schools including Phoenix Primary and Secondary School (autism focus) and for the 5-11 group, a secondary school. (KS3 focus) The programme also includes visits to other primary schools and settings.
There is an opportunity for a science field trip to Oxford and we visit schools in Milton Keynes for a contrast. LETTA has a strong emphasis on creativity. Drama, dance and cross-curricular learning is a feature of all our programmes.
The PGCE is led by tutors from Sheffield Hallam University who visit us to deliver the course. There are two assignments. The first is about classroom talk and the second a collaborative lesson study - an area of research chosen by trainees.
LETTA monitors workload carefully. We build in study days into the LETTA timetable, keep paperwork relevant to trainees' learning and provide personal and pastoral support when necessary.
LETTA prides itself in giving wellbeing a priority. We encourage social events, and discussion and communication so we can support each other and celebrate successes, no matter how small. We will get to know you as individuals.
Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview consisting of:
- A mini-teach with a small group of children - 10 mins
- A written task - 20 mins
- An interview - 30 mins (est)
Applicants can choose the mini-teach year group from Reception to Year 5 and choose either English or Maths. We expect a lesson plan to be available for each interviewer. No projectors are available for this. We need to see applicants interacting with the children. The criteria will be sent to applicants.
Please note: those on the maths specialism must do a maths mini-teach.
LETTA send out the written task topic a few days before the interview. So applicants can prepare. It requires applicants to look and respond to a video. Notes cannot be directly used on the day of the interview.
Please note: those applying for a specialism, will have an additional written task.
The interview panel will have between 3 and 5 interviewers from the LETTA partnership. The panel is usually drawn from partner head teachers and the head teachers of the LETTA Trust/teaching school.
The ITT Programme Leader attends all interviews.
LETTA will adjust the interview process for interviewees with particular needs, on request.
Interviews are held at either Bygrove Primary School, E14 or Stebon Primary School, E14. Both schools have good public transport links.
How school placements work
LETTA use their experience with school partners to match successful applicants with schools and mentors. Trainees will be able to visit schools to ensure they are comfortable in that setting and ensure the journey to school is doable. We will consider personal circumstances eg., for parents, disabilities that require some careful thought about school suitability.
In addition to the main school placement, there are 3 shorter placements during the year:
• Other Key Stage/Age Phase – 4 weeks in the autumn term
• Second School – 5 weeks in the spring term
• Collaborative creativity placement – 1 week in the spring term
The collaborative creativity placement involves 4 trainees working in groups to deliver a creative curriculum within the same class. It's an opportunity to try out new learning and really 'go to town' and enjoy the collaborative experience in a new class. Trainees tell us that this is a highlight of the year.
If a trainee is on a 3-7 course, placements will cover this age range. Likewise, on the 5-11 course, placements will cover the breadth of the years represented.
Trainees based at special needs schools, will have a mainstream placement in the autumn term and spend the spring term in another
mainstream school, in order to meet requirements to meet the Teachers' Standards in a mainstream setting.
Trainees who are also doing a specialism will have additional activities to do eg., visits, talking with senior leaders, attending additional courses. Most of these will be in school time.
Trainees and mentors are visited regularly during the year by LETTA tutors. They will observe trainees teaching alongside mentors and discuss progress with both trainees and mentors.
There will also be visits from LETTA lead mentors to ensure mentors are supported in their role.
Please see the prospectus on (www.letta.org.uk) which lists current school partners.
We have two routes into teaching - salaried or fee-paying.
Course fees for the fee-paying route are £9,250
This includes QTS and a PGCE with 60 level 7 masters credits
Currently (September 2018), salaried trainees receive a salary at Point One on the Unqualified Teachers Scale. Salaried trainees also receive QTS and a PGCE with 60 masters credit. LETTA currently pays for the PGCE
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.
- Grade C / Level 4 in English, maths, science GCSEs.
- A-level Grade B in Maths for the maths specialism.
We accept equivalencies from AStar and Equivalency Testing.
- A 2:2 degree or above and a transcript detailing degree marks/modules. We don't accept a 3rd class degree.
- We see originals of all certificates. We advise applicants to buy copies if missing.
Learning to be a teacher requires hard work, commitment and resilience. Without a genuine passion and high level of motivation, then these qualities are weakened. You need these qualities to overcome any problem that you meet. We look for people who can manage their time well, be organised and reflect honestly on their practice. We need people who can collaborate, share and have good social skills to enable them to liaise successfully with a range of professional adults, colleagues and parents.
Most of all, you must enjoy being with children and appreciate the importance of your role in their lives.
The following is needed before training.
- DBS / criminal record checks
- Fit for post check through a confidential questionnaire
- A NARIC statement for qualifications obtained overseas
- Photo ID
- Evidence of address
- Passes in professional skills tests.
Information and practice tests can be found on (http://sta.education.gov.uk/)
- It's desirable, not compulsory, to have some experience of schools before applying.
- can arrange a School Experience day and volunteering if needed. See
- has a Ready to Teach initiative for TAs in LETTA schools. Contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
About the training provider
LETTA is an outstanding provider. See Ofsted report, Jan 2018
(https://files.api.beta.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2749581). We offer up to 45 places.
All aspects of the inspection were outstanding ie:
- Overall effectiveness
- Trainee outcomes
- Quality of training
- Quality of leadership and management
The following points were highlighted by Ofsted in a rigorous inspection.
- has a collaborative and personalised approach to supporting and developing trainees, building upon prior knowledge and expertise.
- provides outstanding centre-based training every week of the school year. Trainees benefit from the expertise of school-based trainers, LETTA tutors and a wide range of highly knowledgeable external facilitators. Several have international reputations. eg., Dr. Bill Rogers, Sir John Jones, Jenny Mosley, Prof. Barry Hymer.
- provides an opportunity to visit other local schools, visit schools outside our local area and attend an outdoor science weekend in Oxford.
- provides high-quality, bespoke training for mentors to ensure they are well prepared for their role in supporting trainees to be successful teachers.
- provides continuing support for mentors via lead mentors and LETTA tutors.
- provides placements in contrasting schools within the partnership and across the age-range of the course (3-7 or 5-11). Placements in a Special Educational Needs setting (SEN) are also possible.
- arranges a week long collaborative creativity placement where trainees work together in small teams in classes across the partnership.
- provides excellent pastoral support
- provides a PGCE with 60 masters credits for all trainees
See the LETTA prospectus, newsletters and tweets on
Training with disabilities and other needs
Ofsted recognised the importance that LETTA gives to inclusion and recognising individual needs.
'Since the SCITT opened, 99.5% trainees have been graded at least good by the end of the course and a high proportion of them have achieved an outstanding grade. There are no significant differences between the attainment of different groups because leaders’ promotion of equality and diversity lies at the heart of the SCITT’s work.' (Ofsted report, 2018, p.5)
Dyslexic trainees have achieved the same high standards as their peers. This includes achieving distinctions in the two PGCE module assignments.
Our partner university, Sheffield Hallam, provides access to all specialist equipment, counsellors and other student services that are provided for students at the university itself.
Some schools have lifts. There is good access to all LETTA schools. LETTA will discuss individual needs with applicants, in order to ensure the right schools are selected for training and needs are communicated.
Please note: LETTA will adjust the interview process for those with particular disabilities, on request.
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