About the course
During the initial teacher training year Hillingdon SCITT trainees will not only learn about pedagogy in general but they will also learn about subject specific pedagogy. Hillingdon SCITT trainees will be trained to teach 2 consecutive Secondary Key Stages (KS3 and KS4) in their chosen subject. Trainees will also experience some KS5. Simultaneously trainees will also be given the opportunity to improve and expand their subject knowledge. During the training year trainees will also have the opportunity to teach a 2nd subject of their choice.
All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, observing and learning from experienced colleagues as well as professional development. Trainees on this route should expect to be teaching at least 3 days of the 4 that they spend in school. The 5th day will be a Professional Learning day with Hillingdon SCITT, which will be held at Bishop Ramsey School (which is where Hillingdon SCITT is based) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, all trainees will undertake an Action Research Project of their choice (which will be the main task for QTS).
Trainees will have placements in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will also have the opportunity to observe teaching and learning in other educational settings eg. Special Schools, Pupil Referral Unit and Primary Schools. Whilst on placement, the amount of lessons that fee funded (unsalaried) trainees will be expected to teach is incremental according to each training phase. A teaching timetable will be created that is bespoke to teach trainee based upon their prior experience and readiness to teach.
Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them as well as, Phase and Subject Leads from Hillingdon SCITT. In order to achieve QTS, all trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards .
Trainees who meet requirements of the PGCE for Brunel University will have the opportunity to take this alongside the QTS (QTS is accredited by Hillingdon SCITT). There will be 3 assignments for the PGCE during the training year.
In conjunction with the Lead School, Hillingdon SCITT will co-ordinate the recruitment process.
The interview process will involve a full day spent at one of the Partner Schools, which is likely to be your main placement school for the duration of the training year.
The recruitment day will include:-
- Teaching a lesson or working with a group of students which will be observed by a qualified teacher (you will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching)
- A short presentation (candidates will be given the information prior to the interview for this)
- Literacy and Numeracy tests
- Interview (the panel will consist of representatives from Hillingdon SCITT and the Partner School)
- There may also be the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and possibly a tour of the school.
It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available
How school placements work
All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, observing and learning from experienced colleagues as well as professional development. Trainees on this route should expect to be teaching at least 3 days of the 4 that they spend in school. The 5th day will be a Professional Learning day with Hillingdon SCITT, which will be held at Bishop Ramsey School (which is where Hillingdon SCITT is based) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners.
During the training year trainees will teach in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will be spend the majority of the year in 1 Partner School (where they were interviewed). The 2nd placement is for the duration of 6 weeks, whereby trainees will be placed in a contrasting school.
Most of the Partnership Schools are located within a few miles from the Lead School. Our Partner Schools have excellent public transport links including buses and the National Rail network (underground and overground). Full directions to the schools in the Partnership can be found on their websites. Central London is within easy reach.
Trainees are taking the PGCE will attend 6 professional learning input sessions at Brunel University (our PGCE provider), which is located in Uxbridge, North-West London. The nearest underground station is Uxbridge, from which it is about 15 minutes' walk from the Main Site Campus or a short bus ride.
Trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale, which will be determined by each partner school.
Trainees will be expected to pay for the PGCE themselves, which will cost approximately £2,100. If you opt to do the PGCE you maybe eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan to help you towards the cost of this.
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.
In order to begin the teacher training year, the following qualifications are required:-
- You should be a graduate. (Applicants with a 2:2 or above from the UK will be eligible to take the PGCE. Applicants with a 3rd will only be eligible for the QTS.)
- The majority of the content from your Undergraduate Degree should be in the subject that you wish to teach.
- You will need at least a Grade C or 4 in GCSE/equivalent in English and Maths
If you have completed your undergraduate degree or secondary schooling internationally, we will require a NARIC equivalence.
We are looking for ambitious applicants who are passionate, enthusiastic, committed and have a desire to share that with children and young people of all abilities.
The salaried route would be more suitable for candidates who have been in schools and worked with children. Therefore such candidates will be familiar with how teaching and learning takes place within schools.
All successful applicants will be subject to:-
- Disclosure Barring Service checks
- Health and physical capacity to teach
- Childcare disqualification
About the training provider
Bishop Ramsey, as a Lead School, on behalf of its Partner Schools are seeking to recruit people to become Primary and Secondary School Teachers for North West London and beyond. We are looking for people who are not only passionate about education, have an excellent academic background, and are committed to working with children and young people to make a difference in their lives.
Trainees who join Hillingdon SCITT (via Bishop Ramsey) will be fully supported and challenged to become reflective, resilient and resourceful practitioners. All the Partner Primary and Secondary Schools have extensive experience of training teachers and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community. The teachers in our Partner Schools are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills. They are supportive and eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
The course provides a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences in at least two schools. Children and young people across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do.
About the accredited body
Hillingdon SCITT, an Ofsted recognised Outstanding ITT Provider, located in North-West London, is the accrediting provider for QTS for all trainees who have applied to Bishop Ramsey and their Partner Schools.
Hillingdon SCITT has successfully trained 3 cohorts of Primary and Secondary teachers. Upon completion of the course Hillingdon SCITT trainees have been graded as Good or Outstanding towards the Teachers' Standards. As a result, our trainees a highly employable and we have had 100% employment rate upon course completion.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Candidates who have disabilities or other needs should contact Hillingdon SCITT prior to their application to discussion their needs and the bespoke support that we can provide for them during their initial training year.
The individual Partner Schools have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact Hillingdon SCITT for more information.
Brunel University (Hillingdon SCITT's PGCE provider) has full disabled access and is committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities.
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