About the course
This School Direct PGCE 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 School of Robert Bloomfield Academy in Shefford in conjunction with our Partnership schools throughout Bedfordshire.
The main strength of our training provision, is that we are small enough to treat every trainee as an individual and as such, we are able to tailor the training experience to meet individual requirements.
It is our belief that teachers are best trained when there is a high level of involvement in the training by qualified teachers - and an extensive immersion in school life. Consequently, all of our trainees are allocated subject specific mentors who will oversee and monitor trainee progress and development.
Underpinning the practical aspect of the training, are the academic taught courses which operate at the end of the school day on a twice weekly basis. The Professional Studies course aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via three assignments (one each term). Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which is delivered by the Subject Leaders as a small group subject based tutorial programme - addressing the required subject knowledge for teaching.
By the end of the course, all trainees will be able to achieve the prescribed Standards for newly qualified teachers in secondary education and additionally all of our Tuition Fee courses offer the award of a university validated PGCE with the option of gaining credits towards a Masters qualification.
Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools' Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the relevant Subject Leader. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of two subject knowledge based tasks (one written), a practical classroom based exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date.
How school placements work
As a Secondary School training provider, trainees will be allocated a base school placement within a Secondary School as well as a shorter complementary placement during which time they will be allocated a subject specific mentor to oversee their training and development.
These placements will be located across Bedfordshire within our Partnership schools. We will endeavour where possible, to place trainees within a reasonable travelling distance of their home (typically half an hour by car)
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
It is a requirement of the course that you hold GCSE qualifications in English & Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and a degree (minimum Third Class) ideally in a relevant subject.
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. We would encourage applicants to familarise themselves with the Teacher Standards and the relevant Secondary GCSE curriculum - as well as the current issues effecting education and schools. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and genuine interest in and understanding of young people and the teaching profession.
All applicants to ITT courses are now required to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy & Literacy prior to commencing their training. Please visit the Department of Education website for further details
Additionally, in line with current safeguarding practice, we 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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