About the course
The course is a one year full-time course, which runs from September through to July, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees can also opt to complete a Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) if they feel this would be useful. The course covers the age range 5 to 11 years although trainees also spend a short time in an EYFS class.
Trainees are assigned a trained school based trainer within each school that they are placed. This person is responsible for supporting and guiding the trainee’s professional development and ensuring that they have the opportunities that they need within the school.
A trainee’s progress is assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching and written work.
Training in school progresses from observing and working alongside an experienced teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups, and later for the whole class during the academic year. The course will produce qualified teachers who are competent and reflective across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
During interview day candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence of their potential to become an effective primary teacher and have an awareness of current issues in education.
How school placements work
We work with over 70 schools across the county. This usually enables us to place trainees within a 30 minute drive from home.
Trainees on the 5-11 course complete their Autumn term placement in a Key Stage 1 class and their Spring term placement in a Key Stage 2 class in a different school. This fulfills the ITT requirements regarding two settings and two key stages. During the summer term, Route 2 trainees are placed in a different key stage 2 class. This may be in their Autumn or Spring term schools, or may be in a new setting, depending on placements available. All placements are usually within a 30 minute drive from home.
During Spring trainees can apply to take part in an enhanced placement. These take place in special schools, area resource bases, pupil referral units and nursery schools. Enhanced placements aim to extend a trainee’s experience in a particular area of interest or need. Applications are carefully considered by the Course Leaders.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Subject to confirmation by the Department for Education.
- A First Degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution (Achieved or pending) with honours class 2.2 or an equivalent qualification.
- GCSE or O-Level grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. From Summer 2017 the grades required under the new GCSE are 4-9.
- If successful on interview day, applicants also need to complete the QTS skills tests for English and Mathematics within 2 months of accepting a place on the course.
- Convey commitment and enthusiasm to teaching in the primary age range.
- Be able to clearly articulate appropriate reasons for wanting to teach primary children.
- High level of motivation and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
- Candidates must have a strong recommendation to train as a primary teacher from an appropriate referee.
- Successful candidates must also meet the requirements for an enhanced DBS check prior to starting the course.
About the training provider
Cornwall Teaching school aims to generate and maintain a sustainable model for developing local teachers and leaders and to secure outstanding practice in all phases of learning.
Cornwall Teaching School works closely with the well-established Cornwall SCITT partnerships which offer initial teaching opportunities in early years, primary and secondary phases along with the Truro and Penwith College post 16 training. The teaching school will be working with school partners to develop School Direct opportunities for high quality trainees and will continue to respond to national and local needs for subject specialist trainees and cross phase priorities.
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About the accredited body
Cornwall SCITT is an outstanding provider of teacher training for Primary and Secondary teaching routes. They are deeply committed to ensuring the very best outcome for their student teachers. The Primary Course is based at Heartlands, near Redruth, and the Secondary Course is based at Truro College.
Ofsted has graded both primary and secondary courses as Outstanding in all categories in their most recent inspections. Embedded in their approach is a strong relationship with local schools. Cornwall SCITT also works in partnership with Bath Spa University to offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
Cornwall SCITT is founded on the principles of equality and inclusion. Our management team, academic tutors, subject leaders and school-based mentors strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all student teachers. Prior to the start of the course all student teachers undertake a fitness to teach check.
For those with additional learning needs, every student teacher receives bespoke support from a dedicated academic tutor who can provide support with assignment writing. Truro College offer additional support through the learning resources centre.
We carefully select placement schools for those with physical needs to optimise any reasonable adjustments that may be required. Mentors and subject leaders provide support to those with visual and hearing difficulties to develop impairment-friendly strategies within the classroom.
Our personalised approach to learning allows those with mental health needs to develop their practice with support from the central management team. We offer in an empathetic dialogue to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge throughout the programme.
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