About the course
Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties. We have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017).
Our School Direct Primary General with Mathematics programme is built around a trainee having an on-going experience in one local host school, a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools. SSF will provide additional training for the required mathematics subject knowledge, research and pedagogy through the Surrey Maths Hub, together with an opportunity to see high quality mathematics teaching in practice.
Trainees are in school for four days each week and this includes a day of school based training time to observe experienced colleagues or undertake course requirements. A very gradual increase of teaching commitments starts with co-delivery of aspects of a lesson and delivery of a whole lesson. As confidence increases you will deliver sequences of lessons and work up to three to four days a week by July 2020. One day each week is spent off site with your local cohort at professional studies training.
SSF provides a diverse and engaging programme of weekly professional studies training, covering the range of primary curriculum subjects, SEND, behaviour management, EAL and others. Training is led by a team of local and national experts and outstanding primary practitioners. Each year the training has a 100% good or very good rating, but is constantly reviewed and updated to keep pace with the changing primary school landscape and national priorities.
We recognise that location is an important factor for you so we run training in geographical cohorts and build local support networks (2019 hubs are Farnham, Reigate and Cobham).
Consideration of trainee workload underpins programme design and structure. Personalised training plans ensure a steady pace and deadlines are carefully scheduled and do not overlap. Every trainee is allocated a school mentor and external support tutor to ensure that training is tailored to individual needs.
Assessment is continuous and includes observations of your teaching, school based tasks, articulation of practice using clear and transparent criteria. Judgements are based on a trainee's ability to teach across the primary curriculum and are not specifically a measure of competence in teaching mathematics.
Once we have received your application through UCAS we will check that you meet eligibility criteria. Your personal statement will be read by the Director of ITT (who contributes to UCAS advice for applicants in the UCAS blog section on their website).
We will shortlist and invite successful applicants for an interview (we hold interview each week). This will be held at the lead school, South Farnham School (GU9 8DY). It is important to note that partnership schools are located across the county and within bordering areas. You would be placed into a local school. Weekly professional studies training takes place at venues across Surrey (2019 venues in Farnham, Reigate and Cobham) to ensure ease of travel and to create local support networks for our trainees.
The interview will consist of:
- a panel interview with a partnership school head-teacher and a member of the SSF SCITT team
- a short presentation (five minutes) on your commitment and ability to become an outstanding primary school teacher
- core subject tests to assess your competency in Mathematics and English (these are not the skills tests. These give us a greater insight into your training needs and enable us to offer subject knowledge enhancement)
- an opportunity to ask questions and explore your personal training needs, placement school and programme options
If successful we will make you an offer through UCAS. Conditions will include professional skills tests passes in literacy and numeracy, qualification and DBS checks.
How school placements work
As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 - 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 - 9 age range programme (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two with additional training in EYFS) or our 5 - 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and two).
Trainees are based in various schools across Surrey and the surrounding areas and new schools join us each year. We make every effort to place trainees based upon where they live, accessibility and to ensure that the placement is appropriate to their needs. Please click here to view an interactive map of our current partnership schools.
There are opportunities to experience two schools, visit a special educational needs school and to look at secondary, early years and EAL provision (pupils with English as an additional language).
A benefit of our programme is that you will know which partner school you are to be placed in before attending a welcome meeting in late June/early July with your school based mentor. This gives our trainees the advantage of being able to make links with their new school team before the programme starts.
We always welcome the opportunity to speak to head-teachers and senior leaders about becoming involved, particularly where a potential candidate is being supported by a school not currently in the partnership.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:
- a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
- at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
To apply for a place on our this programme there are entry requirements that must be met prior to commencement in September 2019:
- a standard equivalent to grade 4 (C) or above in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and science
- a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification
- professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy
- A-level mathematics grade B or above
We are looking for people with the desire and passion to challenge and inspire children. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, resilience and determination are essential qualities.
All ITT providers are asked to ensure that all entrants take part in a rigorous process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach. This incudes:
- Health and physical capacity to teach
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
About the training provider
Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties.
There are many reasons why we are the first choice for so many trainees and schools and we have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017). Our CEO Sir Andrew Carter OBE has led a national review of teacher training and we feature as a case study in the National Mentor Standards. Our Director of ITT is a trustee at the National Association of School Based Teacher Training.
Our trainees are highly sought after and we deliver upon an expectation of employment every year. All trainees completed their training at a good or outstanding level last year (60% at the highest level) and their feedback consistently rates the programme as being outstanding. We are Surrey’s largest school-led, primary provider and are praised for our personalised approach to every trainee.
School-led training enables you to learn in a school environment and treated as a member of the school team from day one. You will be surrounded by experienced colleagues and guided through a gradual integration into teaching a class of children. The programme will be tailored to meet your needs and you will be supported by a Mentor and Support Tutor. Weekly professional studies sessions are led by a team of national experts and primary educationalists.
About the accredited body
Surrey South Farnham SCITT was recognised by DfE as an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training through the award of a Multiple Year Allocation (MYA). This provides longer term stability and planning opportunities for our partnership with a guaranteed number of training places for a three year period.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We pride ourselves in being an equal opportunities provider that encourages and welcomes applicants from under-represented groups, accepting trainees onto our programmes by merit alone.
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