About the course
During the course of your training you will gain experience working within many settings and with children of differing abilities. This will ensure that you receive a broad understanding of the range of teaching required to suit the differing needs, ability and socio-economic backgrounds of the students.
You will spend the majority of the training year in your base school where you will be supported by a subject mentor and a professional mentor. Training sessions will take place every week in the form of twilight sessions, and over the course of the year there will be Professional Studies Days and Subject Days either at the Lead School or the University.
There will be a 4 week placement that you will undertake in a different school setting to gain a wider experience. We usually take into consideration access and location when placing trainees for this part of the year.
The Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance (CASTTA) operates out of Fulston Manor School and is the lead school for the CASTTA Alliance.
Interviews are organised by the CASTTA team on behalf of all of the schools where we have placements available. The interview is part of a rigorous recruitment process and applicants are required to undertake a number of tasks during the day. This will include a tour of the school, a 20 minute observation / meet the pupils session, written tests for literacy, numeracy, a subject knowledge exercise and a formal interview. You will be informed in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be meeting.
How school placements work
All of the partner schools within the Alliance have experienced mentors to support you through your training year. They will work closely with both the Lead School and the University to make sure you receive the best experience possible.
During the course of the training year you will have a 4 week placement at a contrasting school within the Alliance. This will be organised by your host school or with the CASTTA team and will take into consideration any personal requirements or special circumstances as far as is possible.
For a salaried training place, you would usually be paid at P1 on the unqualified teachers' pay scale. The course Fees are paid by the training school.
For an nonsalaried training place, bursaries and scholarships are available on an individual basis to help with Fees.
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.
Training positions will be subject to the completion of a Degree, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1. We may be willing to consider applicants with a 2:2 if they are able to demonstrate a clear aptitude for teaching.
Applicants should hold GCSE in Maths and English and for Primary applicants a GCSE in Science is also required.
Primarily we are looking for trainees who have a genuine interest in young people and how they learn best. Applicants who can demonstrate some recent and meaningful experience working with young people will have a much better idea about what makes an effective teacher. This doesn't need to be paid work but any kind of helping activity, classroom observation or learning support helps to reinforce your application and discussion at interview. Candidates should be enthusiastic about their subject, have effective communication skills, an ability to understand written English and to speak and write clearly in English.
All training placements will be subject to the successful completion of National Teacher Skills tests. We recommend that applicants complete these tests prior to interview to confirm their place on the training programme.
A full DBS check is also required (The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment).
About the training provider
School Direct at Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance (CASTTA) provides school based learning opportunities with exceptional levels of support and guidance for all our trainees. We operate out of Fulston Manor School (Sittingbourne), but offer training across all age ranges with our partners, Blean (Canterbury) and Queenborough (Isle of Sheppey) Primary schools. We create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers all feel valued and supported and this leads to a school culture of enthusiasm, commitment and outstanding achievement.
The wider partnership of schools comprises a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, and both secondary and primary schools. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences.
Our staff have a proven track record in providing training and professional development. All our trainees receive the highest level of continual support throughout the programme and beyond. This covers all aspects of teaching life from behaviour management skills, subject knowledge, professional enrichment, AEN, inclusion and pastoral care (we uphold a specific focus on workload and well being across our partnership). All trainees have the opportunity to work closely with an experienced mentor and will become part of the school ethos from the first day of entry.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Applicants who would benefit from disabled access or have any special requirements should make CASTTA aware on the application form . Or alternatively can contact The CASTTA team prior to application to obtain further information and guidance.
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