About the course
The School Direct Primary training course operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme. All PGCE tuition fee trainees will be in school for the equivalent of four days per week increasing to five days per week in the final term. This course is offered through the Lead Schools of St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Bedford and Robert Bloomfield Academy Shefford.
During the training year, applicants will be allocated a trained mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week complementary placement.
Applicants will also be required to attend the twice weekly taught course sessions which underpin the practical, school based element of the training. These are the Professional Studies course which aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via the successful of completion of assignments & Reflective Journals. Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which will be delivered by specialists in the relevant Primary age group and will address subject knowledge and appropriate pedagogical approaches and which will cover the curriculum requirements for the Core and Foundation subjects.
Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools' Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the Programme Manager. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of a written task, a practical classroom focussed exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date.
Where the application is for a Schools Direct Salaried training place - applicants may be required to attend a second interview with their placement school
How school placements work
As part of the training programme, all applicants will have two school placements which will enable them to teach across two consecutive age ranges focusing on KS1 & 2.These will take the form of a main school placement in a Lower, Primary or Middle school and a shorter complementary placement.
During the training year, applicants will be allocated a dedicated mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week second placement.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
It is a requirement of the course that you hold GCSE qualifications in English, Maths & Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and a degree (minimum Third Class) . Any qualifications gained overseas must be checked by NARIC for equivalence to the UK standard.
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. We would encourage applicants to familarise themselves with the Teacher Standards and the Primary National Curriculum - as well as the current issues effecting education and schools.
Additionally, we are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills and who can demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in working with young people.
In line with current safeguarding practice, we (or the employing school) will carry out a number of pre-employment checks, including taking up references and a DBS Clearance check for all trainees prior to the start of the course.
About the training provider
The Bedfordshire Schools' Training Partnership works in collaboration with Robert Bloomfield Academy (BEST Teaching School) - appears as Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership on UCAS - and St Thomas More Catholic School (INSPIRIT Teaching School) offering high quality school based training at over 50 partnership schools. All courses operate over one year and are full time resulting in QTS and academic recognition in the form of a PGCE award (worth 60 Masters Credits) validated by The University of Buckingham.
Trainees will work with experienced teachers as their mentor and will meet weekly with their subject leader for Subject Application lectures. Professional Studies lectures will also be weekly. These lectures will address the Standards for QTS and Subject Knowledge for Teaching and will involve assessment through assignments.
What's in it for you? Why choose us??
High quality school based training alongside qualified teachers;
Excellent employment prospects and a rewarding career - we employ the vast majority of our trainees in our Partnership schools across Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire;
A solid framework of support - always someone to talk to;
Placement in a school tailored to meet your needs - your situation will always be taken into account.
About the accredited body
The Bedfordshire Schools' Training Partnership (Beds SCITT) is a successful long established SCITT offering both Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training across Bedford, Luton and rural Central Beds and has worked together with Robert Bloomfield Academy (BEST Teaching School) for over 20 years to provide high quality teachers for our partnership schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have accommodated many trainees over the years with various disabilities and other needs - Dyslexia is one we often come across. With the help of the various disability assessments provided we always have a clear picture of the needs of every individual at the start of their training and can then tailor our lectures to ensure that we address these needs. Being a relatively small provider this is never a problem and we are always available to discuss any issues moving forward. The Office Manager meets every week with trainees when they attend Professional Studies so there is always an opportunity to check well-being.
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Robert Bloomfield Academy, Bloomfield Drive, Shefford SG17 5BU
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