About the course
You’re in school from the first day of term, seen as a staff member by everyone. You’re in one school four days a week to the end of the school year, spending Spring half term at a contrasting school. One day a week you’ll be at our central venue alongside other trainees, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. Our model enables you to experience a full year in school and fully appreciate the demands/rewards that brings.
Working alongside your mentor, you’ll identify your ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up and work continuously on a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers and training activities leading to delivering whole class.
Your core training is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing excellent practice. We support our trainees throughout their training year, enabling them to be fully prepared for teaching during their training and beyond.
We’re one of a few providers who are fully supported by their local authority learning partners specialising across different education areas.
Our moderation report (2019) said…
4.3 The SCITT is able to draw from a bank of considerable expertise and resources, developed and acquired over time… ‘tried and tested’ trainers…acknowledged practitioners in their field…range of ITE resources … ensures that the ITE curriculum is covered comprehensively over the course of the year …
4.5 … the SCITT manager is forward-looking and committed to adopting best practice to ensure that all trainees receive a ‘good deal’ and are equipped with all of the essential tools they need to teach effectively and impact positively on pupil progress.
You will benefit from 10 Subject days, giving you the opportunity to further enhance your subject knowledge.
By the end of the training year you will be fully equipped to deliver your subject from Year 7 to 11 including the GCSE specification.
In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you have to be judged competent against the Teacher Standards.
- Half-termly Tutor visit reports
- 3 termly reports
- 2nd placement report
- 3 Reflection Points (training activities which focus on a group of standards feeding into 2 Assignments)
We work hard to create a reduced workload approach to assessment, basing many of our judgements on professional dialogue - not paper trails. Assessment is based upon day-to-day practice and should complement your teaching and reduce the amount of additional work required.
Once we receive your application, we’ll acknowledge by email and update UCAS if you are invited to interview. We’ll e-mail or call you with the details.
You’ll be interviewed in Heckmondwike by one of our SCITT team alongside a senior colleague from one of our schools. You’ll be expected to answer a range of questions designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.
The interview gives you the opportunity to discuss why you want to teach, what you would bring to the profession, and show us your resilience and initiative. You will be asked to bring a prepared task and you’ll undertake a written task on the day demonstrating your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
You’ll need to bring interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity as part of our Safeguarding processes.
If you are successful, we’ll offer you a place. Ideally within 48 hours. We’ll update UCAS and contact you.
If you accept, we’ll recommended you to a partner school as a prospective trainee. Once confirmed as the host school you should expect to visit; follow its Safeguarding processes, meet the department/class and mentor and maybe a tour of the school.
Before commencing the programme we’ll ask you to sign a contract between you, the host school and us so that everyone agrees to the same supporting principals and requirements of your training year.
We will carry out a criminal background check and other requisite checks.
How school placements work
We will source and arrange your school placement. If you have a school in mind, you’re welcome to approach us about it and we’ll work with you to arrange the best experience for you. You will be placed in a school which we feel will fully support you in your subject specialism.
You are training to teach 11-16 age range but some of our schools do have 6th forms which obviously enhances your training opportunity.
You will spend most of the year in one school with a second experience in a contrasting school (usually Christmas to February half term). This enables you to deepen your experience and ensures that you have the opportunity to meet all the Teacher Standards. When in school, you are expected to follow the timings, practices and culture of the school. Having an extended practice in one main school means that you can develop your practice well and show that you have a positive impact on your pupils, in your own classes.
We always try to take into consideration the location of our trainees and their placement schools to assist in their daily commute and try to work around other personal situations
We work with many schools, too many to list but visit our website to view the map of schools we have worked with over the last four years.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The course fees for this year are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,500
EU students £7,500
We offer 2 options
£7500 for Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS)
£9250 for QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
If required, we will support you through the Student Finance process for fees and maintenance grants, administer SKE funding as well as signpost to other possible funding streams.
Qualifications must be gained by the start of the course. We consider applications from those finishing a qualification - offers would be subject to successful completion of qualifications.
- GCSE Maths/English/Science (Primary) at least Grade C/4 or equivalent - we accept most equivalency tests
- UK Bachelors degree or equivalent
- NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas
Secondary; degrees should be, though not exclusively, relevant to the subjects to be taught. We may request you undertake an SKE course to increase your subject knowledge. Good A’ level results in your subject, whilst not a requirement, will strengthen your application.
We look for;
Good communication skills
Ability to write in Standard English and model accurate and effective spoken language.
Commitment to teaching and learning
Understanding of children as learners
Clear educational philosophy
Understanding educational issues
Knowledge/understanding of the subject within the curriculum
Ability to use ICT, establish effective working relationships and take responsibility for own professional development
Understanding the demands of a school-based route into teaching
Recent experience of your subject in a secondary school or National Curriculum in a primary school is preferable in order for you to have a greater understanding of the demands of school life.
Remember, we are looking at your potential to train to teach.
Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. An overseas check may be required for those who have spent time outside of the UK.You will also be subject to the following checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration.
Please make sure that you double check your personal statement on your application and that it is grammatically correct.
About the training provider
We are training the next generation of outstanding teachers for the Leeds area. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education and we want to recruit student teachers who share the same commitment. Our current cohort of student teachers are training to teach in primary and secondary in both mainstream and special school settings.
We provide training and placements of the highest quality to deliver a truly bespoke training package. We are committed to helping you develop professionally, well beyond your initial teacher training and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year by means of an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities – As an Appropriate Body for NQTs we offer our trainees a coherent two year programme of support.
You will have - GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. If you are applying for our Primary programme, GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in Science as well.
A degree from a UK or European Union Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification, preferably a First Class Honours Degree or a 2.1. A 2.2 would be considered for applicants with additional experience, expertise or extenuating circumstances.
Experience of working with children or young people in the recent past; this may include experience leading the local Brownie pack, working as a Teaching Assistant or being employed as an unqualified teacher.
About the accredited body
We are a well-respected, established provider training over 650 teachers since 2003, rated 'Good' from Ofsted in 2015. Since our last inspection, we have implemented and embedded several initiatives;
Workload reduction in assessment
Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme
Extended links with further schools for placements
Trainees benefit from experienced school mentors, supporting on a daily basis alongside highly regarded tutors and core team ensuring training is positive and successful.
We offer the option of either Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS) or QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and all schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.
We are committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as providers of school-based teacher training and we have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.
We take trainee welfare extremely seriously and within our programme consideration is given to workload and well-being, which is embedded into our programme.
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