About the course
The School Direct Tuition Fee Primary course is a full time, one year Initial Teacher Education qualification for people who want to become a primary school teacher. It has been designed to enable you to demonstrate evidence of having met the Teachers’ Standards that lead to Qualified Teacher Status for the Primary Age Phase. In addition to this you will also study for a PGCE.
You will attend taught sessions at West Hertfordshire Teaching School (based at Bovingdon Primary Academy) for one day a week. There you will be supported and taught by specialist tutors with excellent experience, knowledge and research informed expertise. You will also spend four days a week in your placement school. Partnership schools provide opportunities for you to learn about pedagogical approaches relevant to the full range of National Curriculum subjects and the professional responsibilities of all teachers.
You will have two School Based Training placements, where, with the support of a Teacher Mentor and a Professional Tutor, you will develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher. Training to teach is exciting, rewarding and demanding. By the end of the course you will be well prepared for employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview.The interview will take place at West Hertfordshire Teaching School (based at Bovingdon Primary Academy) and will involve a panel with representatives from The Teaching School and/or members of its alliance of schools and SAF ITT.
You will be required to:
• teach a short reading session
• deliver a short presentation
• answer a series of formal questions
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.
Please note that the venue of your interview has no bearing on the school you will be placed in should you be successful.
How school placements work
During the course you will undertake School Based Training in two contrasting primary schools. In addition trainees will also spend some time in a special school. Trainees will be supported by mentors in school and by Professional Tutors from West Hertfordshire Teaching School and SAF ITT.
Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account their geographical location and individual needs.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Candidates are required to have:
- GCSE or equivalent qualification, at Grade C/level 4 or above in English, mathematics and science
- A lower second class degree, or above or equivalent. We would also consider a third class degree for candidates who demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching
Overseas qualifications should be verified by NARIC
SAF ITT, as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.
Candidates should also be aware of contemporary issues in education.
- Declaration of any convictions declared on your UCAS application
- An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
- A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a place
- Satisfactory clearance for registration
About the training provider
Teaching Schools are identified as having a key role in ensuring trainee teachers see and learn from truly outstanding practice. The West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership is committed to training our next generation of outstanding teachers. Led by two outstanding academies in Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon, we are supported by an alliance of over 70 Primary and Secondary schools, within the county of Hertfordshire.
Entering into our eighth year of recruiting and training future teachers in Hertfordshire, for the academic year 2019-2020, we are working in collaboration with our Training Providers, SAF Pilgrim Partnership and The University of Hertfordshire.
One of the many advantages of training to be a teacher with West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership is the personalised programme of training and support we offer. All trainee teachers work alongside an experienced mentor and with professional tutors who can guide them skilfully through their training year.
Visit our website to find out more about the School Direct training opportunities that are available with the West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership 2019-2020.
About the accredited body
Our accredited provider for the School Direct tuition fee route is SAF ITT. You will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools. They pride themselves in being able to offer a personalised training programme with a journey that begins as soon as you contact them.
Our courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers. We believe in fostering reflective, self-assured trainees who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability as teachers.
Trainees will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment.
Training with disabilities and other needs
SAF ITT is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
What do we mean by disability?
The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.
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.
Bovingdon Primary Academy - Training Centre, High Street, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire HP3 0HL
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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