About the course
You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:
- Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
- Child development
- Theories of learning
- Assessment and Planning
- Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
- English as an additional language (EAL)
- Behaviour for Learning
- Academic Studies for the PGCE
- Developing a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (NC)
- Voice coaching and classroom presence
You also have two focus weeks:
- ‘SEND Week’: developing increasing awareness of aspects of SEND and how to provide an inclusive learning environment
- ‘Creative Curriculum Week’: exploring creative and imaginative approaches to teaching, which maximise cross curricular links and contextualise learning
You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.
You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep teaching files and evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed at 6 review points across the year.
To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level. Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. There is also a presentation for this assignment in Spring.
Successful candidates will be invited to interview by the Lead School. Interviews are conducted by the Headteachers of the Lead and Partnership School and a representative of Teaching London.
- You will be required to plan and teach a short lesson for a given topic and selected age group. You will be observed to assess your potential for working with children.
- You will also be required to undertake a formal Interview with the panel
- You will complete maths and English tasks.
All elements of the interview process are used to establish candidates’ suitability and potential for ITT. Outcomes for successful candidates are used to inform initial targets in preparation for their training year.
How school placements work
Candidates apply to the Lead school but you could be placed in any of the schools within that partnership, in negotiation between you and the School. Second placements are selected by the Lead school and Teaching London to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.
You select the age range you would like to teach; either Early Years 3-7 Years, with placements in EYFS and KS1, or General Primary 5-11 years, which will require placements in KS1 and KS2.
Trainees will have two placements in mainstream schools, with the possible option of an enhancement placement in an SEND setting. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their base school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Trainees are responsible for paying the £9,000 tuition fee for the course. Trainees are generally eligible for maintenance and tuition fee loans, but this should be clarified with Student Finance. In addition, you will also be eligible for other benefits such as student travel/oyster card, student discounts and exemption from paying council tax.
Applicants must have the following academic qualifications prior to starting a teacher training programme:
- GCSEs or equivalent in English, maths and science at Grade 4-7 (formally A*-C)
- Bachelor degree
- Pass in both the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests
A NARIC letter of comparability must be provided for any academic qualifications that have been achieved overseas.
Whilst it is not an essential requirement, we highly recommend candidates have at least 2 weeks experience in a school prior to interview, demonstrating that they have first-hand experience of being a teacher.
We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become Outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.
We are looking for candidates who:
- Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
- Have a positive outlook
- Are patient and adaptable
- Have good interpersonal skills
- Are friendly and approachable
- Are passionate about teaching
- Are creative and imaginative
- Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
- Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice
Successful applicants will be made a conditional offer, based on them meeting at least the following standard conditions:
- a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
- a satisfactory Criminal Record Check abroad for relevant countries where the applicant has spent more than 4 weeks travelling or working abroad
- a satisfactory “Fitness to teach check”
If you are not a British national, you must ensure via UK Visas and Immigration that you are eligible to work and study in the UK and, if necessary, have received any required visas or permits before training begins.
About the training provider
Our success is underpinned by a close and inclusive community with a strong Christian ethos. Wren Academy is an all-through academy (3-18) where everybody matters and each individual is celebrated for all their gifts and talents. It is important to us that all children make the best progress possible, regardless of their academic starting point, and this is reflected by exceptional academic success. The social dimension to education matters as much to us as academic achievement. We want our students to be happy, confident and secure so that they can make the most of all the opportunities they are given. The relationships between staff and students, and between students themselves, are excellent. Our ethos enable children to flourish in a disciplined yet caring environment which balances responsibilities and privileges. Trainee teachers are equally encouraged and flourish here.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Wren Academy is fully accessible for people with physical disabilities. Although the academy is large, movement between buildings is helped by automated doors and ramps instead of steps. Doorways are wide and wheelchair users are able to access each classroom. Within each building there is a lift. Staff with a physical disabilities have priority parking on site. We are happy to discuss and accommodate any further access requirements required.
Teaching London: LDBS SCITT has a degree of step-free access, but as the building was a Victorian school, we are unable to fully accommodate wheelchair access. We are always willing to discuss, and where possible, adapt to meet individual needs.
The well-being of our trainees is paramount, which is why you will be automatically enrolled into the Employee Assistance Programme with the Education Support Partnership. This provides 24/7 individual support and counselling, in addition to our in-house advice and support.
We also have experience in supporting trainees with a diagnosis of dyslexia and are able to offer specialist support on the course.
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||Wren Academy, Hilton Avenue, North Finchley, London N12 9HB
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