About the course
You will be based in a school four days a week from the start of term in September. Working alongside your classroom mentor, you will identify your current level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers, other teaching experiences and training activities leading to delivering whole class lessons.
Throughout the year you will have one day per week at the central training base in Heckmondwike (or visiting schools or other educational establishments). The programme is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing Creative Curriculum and other innovative practice in local schools. Our trainees have also benefited from our Mindfulness and Yoga sessions to support their personal well-being.
By the end of the training year you will be fully equipped to deliver lessons in your chosen phase.
In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you have to be judged competent against the Teacher Standards
For Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT this involves:
•3 Evidence Bundles (these are training activities which focus on a group of standards)
•2 Assignments (these form the concluding part of the Evidence bundle)
•Tutor visit reports - your Tutor will visit you half-termly
•3 Periodic Reports - your school will write a report at the end of each term
If you are selected for interview, you will be asked to prepare a task to bring to your interview and should expect to undertake a written task on the day.
You will be invited to an interview by a small panel comprising a Partnership tutor and a senior colleague from one of our partner schools.
You will be expected to answer a range of questions which are designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.
You will need to bring to interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity.
You will be asked to complete a short exercise to demonstrate your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
If you are successful at the partnership interview you will be offered a place.
If you accept, you will be recommended to a partner school as a prospective trainee.
When a school is confirmed as the host school you should expect to be interviewed by the school, following its recruitment and selection processes.
Before commencing the programme you will sign a contract between you, the host school and the Partnership.
You will have had a satisfactory criminal background check and all other requisite checks will be carried out.
Formal offers of SCITT places will be made by Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and not by individual schools.
How school placements work
You will be placed in a school which we feel will fully support you in your age preference.
You are training to teach 5-11 age range but some schools have nurseries which enhances your training opportunities.
You will spend most of the year in one school with a second experience in a contrasting school (usually Christmas to February half term).
We try to take into consideration the location of our trainees and their placement schools to assist in their daily commute.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
£9000 for QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.
£7500 for Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS)
All qualifications must be gained by the start of the course. We will consider applications from people who are finishing a qualification but any offer would be fully subject to the successful completion of relevant qualifications.
•GCSE Maths, English and Science at least Grade C/4 or equivalent
•A UK Bachelors degree or equivalent
•A NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas
Primary applicants will need to evidence their subject knowledge within the national curriculum. Degrees in curriculum subjects are desirable, as are A-levels in order to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for teaching across the Primary Curriculum.
- A commitment to teaching and learning
- Understanding of children as learners
- A clear educational philosophy
- Understanding of educational issues
- A knowledge/understanding of the subject specialism within the curriculum
- A satisfactory standard of written/spoken English
- Ability to use ICT, establish effective working relationships and take responsibility for own professional development
- Understanding of the demands of this school based route into teaching
- You should demonstrate that you have recent experience working with primary or secondary-age children (relevant to the phase of your application)
Recent experience of the National Curriculum in primary schools.
Before starting on the course you will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
You will also be subject to the following checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, DBS check, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration.
About the training provider
Yorkshire Anglican TSA are proud to be working in partnership with The Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University
We work with Partnership schools across local authorities which means we can offer a diverse selection of schools and a contrasting experience which supports your learning & development.
What our trainees say:-
We have a strong track record of success. Trainees make very good progress, are well supported to achieve success & demonstrate good/outstanding outcomes at the end of their placements with us. 100% of trainees of trainees who qualified in 2018 were employed.
"When applying for my School Direct placement, I was initially attracted to Scissett CE Academy because of the school's location and its ethos. During my interview I felt that the staff effectively assessed my abilities and provided me with a great deal of information for me to start my teacher training journey." Alec Ross Bower former trainee.
"My training experience at Scissett CE Academy has given me the tools to become an enthusiastic, creative & driven primary school teacher. The support and guidance I received throughout my training was excellent and all staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. Within my placements I was given broad opportunities to develop my classroom, behaviour management, teaching style & subject knowledge, always with the consistent support of my mentor. From my experience I would highly recommend Scissett CE Academy to any potential applicant." Chloe James former trainee
About the accredited body
Established and successful teacher training provider, training teachers since 2003, 'Good' in our 2015 Ofsted Inspection.
Trainees benefit from experienced mentors in school, tutors & core team who ensure your training year is successful; placements in a range of schools, catering for trainees as far as location, strengths, needs & skills.
Trainees in school four days, one day at base;
trainers delivering sessions e.g. behaviour management, planning, etc. to ensure development as effective teachers.
Opportunity for networking & sharing in a supportive environment.
Two options; Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), QTS/PGCE. PGCE equals 60 Masters credits, offered with University of Huddersfield.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Well-being and Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions, mobility/physical disabilities, hearing & visual impairments, and social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues. Our aim is to work with you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you're capable of. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.
The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as a provider of school-based teacher training and have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.
Although each of our partner schools has differing access arrangements, all schools are Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.
We encourage you to talk to us; we always try to place you in a school that meets your needs and provide you with all the support you need to become a successful teacher.
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