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).
The Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship enables schools to use apprenticeship funding for training. Apprentice teachers will have to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. The apprenticeship route combines paid work with on and off-the-job training. QTS will be awarded to successful apprentices after three terms In their fourth term (i.e. first term of NQT year) apprentices will undergo an ‘end point assessment’ by an independent assessor and, if successful, will then be deemed to have completed their apprenticeship training.
Apprentices are employed by a host school and will have the opportunity for a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools.
Apprentices are in school for four days each week and this includes some school based training time to observe experienced colleagues or undertake course requirements. There is a gradual increase of teaching commitments working 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 (off-the-job 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 workload underpins programme design and structure. Personalised training plans ensure a steady pace and deadlines are carefully scheduled and do not overlap. Every apprentice is allocated a school mentor and external support tutor to ensure that training is tailored to individual needs.
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 interviews 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. Weekly professional studies off-the-job training takes place at venues across Surrey to ensure ease of travel and to create local support networks for our apprentices.
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 at interview and an employing school is found, we will make you an offer through UCAS. Conditions will include professional skills tests passes in literacy and numeracy, the continued support of an employing school, qualification and pre-employment 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.
The majority of successful applications are supported by a school and existing relationships are in place. Whilst this is not a requirement of our selection procedures we would strongly advise candidates to seek potential links with local 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.
Apprentices are to be paid on the unqualified teachers pay scale for the duration of their training (or advertised pay scale in an academy or free school) - minimum point 1
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.
To apply for a place on 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
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. The employing school will conduct pre-employment checks. This includes:
- 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.
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.
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:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
|Central Surrey - training location 2
||Portsmouth Road, Send, Woking, Surrey GU23 7JZ
|South East - training location 2
||Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7RA
|North West Surrey - training location
||Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey GU16 9RE
|South West - training location
||High Pitfold, Hindhead GU26 6BL
||Menin Way, Farnham GU9 8DY
|North Surrey - training location
||Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0BT
|South East - training location
||Crawley Down Road, East Grinstead RH19 2NT
|Guildford - training location
||Egerton Road, Guilford, Surrey GU2 7XZ
|East / South East - training location
||Sycamore Walk, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7LR
|South Surrey - training location
||Freeman Road, Horsham, West Susssex RH12 3QR
|Guildford - training location 2
||New Road, Chilworth, Surrey GU4 8NB
|East / South East - training location 2
||Reigate Haill, Regiate, Surrey RH2 9PF
|Central Surrey - training location 1
||Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1EF
|Central Surrey - training location 3
||Northcote Crescent, Northcote Road, West Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6LX
|North East - training location
||West Street, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1UZ
|North Surrey - training location 2
||Frae Pree Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8ET
|South West Surrey - training location
||Bacon Lane, Churt, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2QD
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