About the course
Trainees on the School Direct route will be working in the classroom with experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week. The mentor and class teacher are often the same person.
The course is full time with a series of training sessions and workshops covering all aspects of teaching the Primary curriculum subjects, which compliments the in school experience provided. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who work in our excellent partner schools to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of effectively teaching lessons in a primary school.
As part of the programme trainees working in special schools will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. As the year progresses they will spend an increasing amount of time in school and by the summer term will be based at their placement school full time.
A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees' subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, the partnership recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Trainees will also be able to study for a PGCE alongside the QTS, this is dependent on the qualification criteria being met.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview. The interview will take place at a partner school and involve staff from both SAF ITT and one or more partner schools.
Please note that the venue of your interview has no bearing on the school you will be placed in should you be successful.
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.
How school placements work
Trainees will spend 50% of the school experience working in a special school. You will also be required to complete a placement in a mainstream primary school in order to meet the requirements of the programme.
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 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
Samuel Pepys is the Lead School for this School Direct Teacher Training Programme. Samuel Pepys is an Area Special School and a Specialist School for Cognition and Learning. As such, we offer a full range of opportunities for children and students with special needs aged from 2 - 19 years. Our school offers a wide range of excellent facilities including a hydro therapy pool.
Our partnership of schools is committed to life-long learning and we believe that education for our students includes not only the subjects of the national curriculum but most importantly communication and life skills. We aim, therefore, to teach the students necessary skills for self-care and living that others may take for granted. We want our students to become successful members of the wider community. We actively promote inclusive educational opportunities for students from our schools and mainstreams schools to share, ensuring that there is a close partnership between ourselves and the wider educational community.
About the accredited body
Our accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training is SAF ITT. With 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.
The courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers.
Trainees will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment, and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for teaching.
Training with disabilities and other needs
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.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Cromwell Road, St Neots PE19 2EZ
Support and advice
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