About the course
This Salaried School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful applicants to this course will specialise in teaching FS & KS1 (3-7 yr) pupils or KS1 & KS2 (5-11yr) pupils.
On all salaried SD courses applicants must be employed by a school on the unqualified teacher payscale for the full training year; this is a considerable cost for a primary school. As such only a few schools are willing to consider this route and normally only do so when they are already employing an exceptional support assistant whom they wish to support in becoming a qualified teacher. The SCITT will therefore only interview applicants for this salaried route who approach us together with a school willing to employ them and pay their salary as an unqualified teacher.
As an employee of a school, trainees spend most of the year in this employing school, often in one class, with a second placement of 5-6 weeks in a second school and alternative key stage. Up to 20 days central training is offered with other Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT trainees, as agreed with the employing school and trainee. All quality assurance procedures and assessment against the Teachers’ Standards are managed through Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT, one of the top 5 primary ITT providers nationally Good Teacher Training Guide.
This course requires close collaboration between the employing school and the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT in providing a course that is carefully tailored to meet the individual training needs of each applicant. As such the SCITT will visit employing schools and discuss the support offered by the school and SCITT as part of the interview process.
The SCITT and School Direct partner alliances, will use a two stage interview process for candidates called to interview, normally held on two separate days. It may be possible to hold both interviews on the same day for candidates who need to travel further or candidates who will find attending interview for two half days particularly difficult.
As part of our selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics. The written audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to form a secure base to underpin high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school.
Audit Information and Preparation Advice
The interview process will also take place in our partner schools and will involve a combination of tasks including:
- a presentation, connected to current educational issues;
- a task working with a small group of early primary or primary pupils;
- a formal interview;
- a reading task.
Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards. Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.
How school placements work
Trainees will remain in their employing school for the majority of the training. Trainees are required to teach in a second school as part of the course and are required to teach across two key stages within the training year. Employing schools often make the arrangements for the second school placement in another primary school known to the Headteacher.
On all salaried SD courses applicants must be employed by a school on the unqualified teacher payscale for the full training year. There are no tuition fees as a DfE grant pays for the training costs, as agreed in a partnership agreement between the employing school and the lead School Direct School/SCITT.
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 the SCITT course, or accredited SCITT SD routes, all applicants must:
- hold (or expect to gain before the start of the course), a UK recognised degree (preferably 2:1 or above) or equivalent.
- already hold GCSE Grade C or above in English and mathematics and be able to gain at least a Grade C in science, or equivalent, before the end of June.
*demonstrate they can communicate accurately and effectively in spoken and written Standard English.
All degree subjects will be considered, including subjects not directly linked to a National Curriculum subject.
We are looking for talented, creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across a wide range of subjects within the primary curriculum. Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We look for applicants with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of teaching.
We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also encourage LSAs and career changers.
A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the pressures and rewards of working in a British primary school in the twenty first century. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of one week’s relevant and recent experience in a primary school. We feel this is advantageous to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning in your interview.
Applicants will need to pass health and DBS police checks and have the physical and mental fitness to teach.
About the training provider
Abbey Primary School are a large multi-cultural primary school on the Melton Road. The school is part of the Management Board of the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT and is passionate about supporting the highest quality training for new teachers. All trainee teachers recruited through the Leicester and Leicestershire School Direct programmes, offered by Abbey, attend the full training programmes provided by the L&L SCITT and are managed through the SCITT management team. Trainees are placed in SCITT partnership schools across the City and County and tuition fee trainees are also members of the University of Leicester undertaking a full primary PGCE with the University.
The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT has been consistently rated by Ofsted as Outstanding since 2009. In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands. All SCITT trainees are also students at the University of Leicester, gaining an internationally recognised PGCE, with Masters level credits.
Abbey works closely with the RMet Teaching School Alliance (TSA) and as part of the SCITT also collaborates closely with four other local Teaching School Alliances (TSAs). As a result many of the Abbey students are employed in these TSAs, enjoying excellent access to the TSA NQT and career development programmes from the very start of their teaching careers.
About the accredited body
The SCITT prides itself on the unrivaled, personalised support it offers all trainees, leading to the highest percentage of trainees gaining Qualified Teacher Status in Leicester and Leicestershire. DfE performance profiles
Over 95% of trainees ever trained with the SCITT have given their training the top rating of "Very Good" .
"I have finished the SCITT fully prepared, not only as an NQT, but for the full roles and responsibilities of a teacher. Nothing has been a shock to me, I feel well organised, well supported, I've even managed to establish that all important work/life balance!
( Emily, NQT 2019)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Education and training providers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to anticipate the adjustments that disabled students may need. The SCITT is committed to actively promoting equal opportunities in employment and to encouraging participation by disabled people in public life.
If you would describe yourself as having a disability, in accordance with the Equality Act (2010), and need any adjustments made to promote equality of opportunity, please contact us, as soon as possible, so we can discuss your requirements. The best place for you to do this is on your UCAS form. However, you can also do it at any time during your studies, either by telling a member of SCITT Management.
As we are partnered with the University of Leicester, our students can access the Student Support Services offered. The AccessAbility Centre offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties; mental health conditions and autism. The Centre offers study skills support.
The AccessAbility Centre
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Dovelands School, Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3OTJ
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