About the course
Skill in English is essential for all forms of communication in today’s society and it is vital that today’s youngsters are able to express themselves across a range of challenging contexts. As a teacher of English you will be instrumental in opening up the power of our language to your students, encouraging them to be practical, logical, creative and imaginative with their words, both written and spoken. Today’s secondary English curriculum is exciting and diverse: you will have the opportunity to shape our youngsters into effective writers with the ability to convey their ideas in different styles and encourage them to be engaged, avid readers of a wealth of literature from the classics to contemporary authors.
We are interested in recruiting teachers who are passionate about their subject and all aspects of English Language and Literature, ready to learn themselves and keep on developing their own subject knowledge alongside a team of expert practitioners. You will deliver a curriculum that prepares young people for their future success and become confident in communicating your passion to your students.
To be successful, you need to learn how to shape and develop your own teaching style through plenty of first-hand classroom experience, teaching all different types of learners across the Key Stages. You will be supported all the way through, observing experienced teachers and planning alongside them. You will be expected to be professional and organised, dedicated to staying up-to-date with the English curriculum.
Trainees are also supported by a school subject based mentor and a link tutor from Leeds SCITT. You will be expected to reflect on your progress in order to assess your own strengths and development potential, which should help you to grow in skill and confidence. You will not be the finished article but we hope this will be the beginning of a challenging and rewarding career, with sound foundations.
If you share this vision for young people we want to meet you.
If you are invited to an interview, you’ll receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and the location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully. As well as having your invite sent by email, you will be notified through UCAS Track if you’ve been invited to an Interview Day.
Your interview will take place in one of the Leeds SCITT schools.
How school placements work
The first stage of your training is based predominantly in the lead school for your subject. This school has a specialism in your subject area and the lead tutors are subject experts who are also outstanding teachers and trainers. Each school has dedicated training areas so that your training consists of quality time with your tutors.
The initial training is focused on subject pedagogy;
• How highly effective planning leads to successful outcomes in the classroom;
• How you can ensure pupils make good progress in their learning;
• How you can assess learning to inform next steps and strategies to support highly skilled differentiation.
You will be immersed in the school environment from week 1 and you will be seen as a professional by school staff, pupils and parents. This allows you to take the theory, thinking and research and see / implement this in the classroom, ensuring you develop your ‘teacher’ persona as quickly as possible.
The second stage of the course is a full-time placement in a partnership school with some core development days at your lead school and LTU.
During this stage you will have a dedicated subject mentor who will observe you teach, support you with your planning and developing your subject knowledge for teaching. They will be your first port of call during this stage of training when you establish yourself in the classroom as the teacher.
The third stage of the course is a full-time placement in a contrasting partnership school, again with some core development
Finally, in the last two weeks of the training year, you will have the opportunity to undertake an enrichment and enhancement placement or experiences. What this looks like is entirely different for each trainee as this is a time to pursue an interest, an additional subject, working in a SEND school organising out of school learning and many more options!
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
UK & EU Students:
Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2019–20. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.
You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.
UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.
English and EU students can apply and find out more information at www.gov.uk/studentfinance This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
An honours degree at a classification of 2:2 or above (if you are in your final year at University you should have a 2:2 or above as a predicted grade).
Your degree should be relevant to the subject of English, but if your degree is not directly related to this subject, we will look at your A-level qualifications.
GCSE Grade C (or 4) English and Mathematics
A pass in each of the Professional Skills Tests
What we see in successful applications and interviews
• Have a proactive and reflective approach to their own development
• Genuinely desire to support young people and help them succeed
• Have good interpersonal skills
• Are friendly and engage with young people
• Have a great love and enthusiasm for their subject
• Are organised and can manage time and competing priorities
• Are innovative and willing to try new ideas
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