About the course
Our Modern Foreign Languages School Direct Training programme closely mirrors the UCL (IOE) PGCE course. You experience two placements in schools within our cluster of schools. City Excellence in Teaching is a school direct route and allows you an immersive experience, working within our partner schools, and becoming part of a larger community of committed professionals. You will be part of the team.
We are looking for candidates who are passionate about working in an inner-London context and see the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages as significantly contributing to the life chances of young people.
For more information about the partnership with UCL (IOE) see their website here:
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Your application form is received by Mulberry School for Girls, as the lead school for the City Excellence in Teaching partnership. We will contact you to inform you if you are being invited to stage one of the selection process. This will be held at one of our partner schools.
The Stage 1 process includes:
- Delivering a teaching sequence
- A written task
- A panel interview.
At Stage 1 we are looking to see that you have the potential to be a successful trainee teacher. We want to know why you are interested in teaching in inner London, and what drives your passion for teaching.
In your written task we will be looking for:
-An ability to express yourself clearly
-A considered view of the profession you wish to enter
-Accurate grammar and spelling
If you are successful in stage one of the selection process you will be recommended to UCL (IOE) who hold stage 2.
UCL (IOE) will hold a second interview. The interview tends to be more focused on subject knowledge, both of your subject, and also of your engagement with how this subject is taught in schools. This interview looks to find out if you have a reasonable understanding of Modern Foreign Languages for teaching pupils aged 11‐18 years, to see if you can communicate with an audience, to see that you have prepared yourself for taking a career move towards teaching and to look at your commitment to teaching.
How school placements work
City Excellence is a school based ITE programme which offers you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner-city context and the opportunity to teach in two or three of the cluster schools.
You will complete placements in schools within our cluster. For secondary subject routes there are two placements which are of equal length. The school placements must be contrasting and there is a lot of diversity within our cluster of schools. One benefit of applying to train to teach through us is that you know that all of your placements will be within a pre-defined local area. This offers you security and means that you can research the schools in advance. You will experience teaching in different settings and will deepen your understanding of inner-city learning contexts. A large proportion of your training will be in classrooms. You will be mentored by subject specialists who are practising teachers in the schools as well as by experts from UCL (IOE). Our cluster includes primary and secondary schools and so there is an opportunity to teach for a short period in a different phase.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
UCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/5 or above.
UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com”
For full details
-Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for you subject
-Good subject knowledge and a commitment to professional development if necessary
-Commitment to working with young people in an inner-city context
-Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet
-Evidence of good interpersonal skills
-Awareness of current educational issues
-Ability to reflect and respond to professional critique
-A desire for social justice and a belief in the power of education to change lives.
Our website provides a snapshot of our offer and what life is like as a CET trainee: www.cityexcellenceinteaching.co.uk
• We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.
• All applicants must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests. You do not need to complete these before applying, but be aware that you will need to complete them before commencing your training.
• If your application is successful, The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Be aware that if your application is successful, you will need to complete a DBS check before commencing your placement in a school.
About the training provider
City Excellence in Teaching is an innovative school-based initial teacher education (ITE) programme devised and facilitated by a cluster of fifteen schools with an excellent history of high quality ITE provision. We offer you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner city context. Our schools are mostly in Tower Hamlets with one school in Southwark and another in Greenwich. We work in partnership with UCL Institute of Eduction, Kings College London and EQualitas who we register our school direct trainees with, and with whom you will gain your accreditation. We work with different providers for different subjects and phases in order to ensure the highest quality provision.
Our mission is to ensure high quality teacher education with a specific focus on teaching in a global inner city context. We are incredibly proud of the education we provide for young people in Tower Hamlets and are keen to work with trainee teachers who share our passion and commitment to ensure the best for inner city children. We offer supplementary training through our ‘Enhanced Professional Studies’ programme. This is an addition to training provided by your placement school and our partner HEIs and SCITT. These sessions bring trainees together from across our cluster and builds a network of professionals who have chosen to begin their career in inner London. We ensure that you are prepared to meet the challenges, and make the most of the opportunities, that this unique context brings.
For more information please see our website: www.cityexcellenceinteaching.co.uk
Training with disabilities and other needs
The central aim of City Excellence in Teaching is to provide the highest quality training experience for all in order to secure the best experience for all participants and as a consequence ensure the best educational opportunities for all pupils. As such, we are committed to an Equal Opportunity policy which enables all trainees to feel secure and confident, and to succeed to the best of their abilities.
City Excellence in Teaching has a commitment to placing the promotion of equality and diversity at the centre of every aspect of its work. We will implement all legal and local requirements, but also go beyond this to ensure our trainees needs are met.
If you would like to discuss specific needs with us, then please do contact us at email@example.com
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