About the course
We are training the next generation of outstanding teachers in West Yorkshire. 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 is training to teach in primary and secondary in both mainstream and special school settings.
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 with our partner ITT provider, HART of Yorkshire SCITT, 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.
Training will include specialist training in mathematics to support you in teaching the subject across all year groups as well as training in English, Science and the Foundation Subjects. A professional studies programme will introduce you to Pedagogy; Child Development; The National Curriculum; Child Protection and Principles of Safeguarding; Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural values; Behaviour Management; and Systematic Synthetic Phonics.
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 at HART of Yorkshire SCITT by colleagues from our partnership and the SCITT.
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 prepare for a task and you’ll undertake a written exercise 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, you will visit a partner school as a prospective trainee.
Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. 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. We will carry out a criminal background check and other requisite checks.
How school placements work
Starting on the first day of the autumn term, you will be based in your “home” school. You will be seen as a member of staff, quickly appreciating the workplace and seeing theory put into practice every day. You will undertake training by staff in your “home” school as well as workshops and other activities with student teachers from across our Alliance of schools.
When you are ready, you will start to take responsibility to deliver parts of lessons on your own. The ITT programme will build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner. As you become more confident and competent you will take on greater responsibility until you are teaching full lessons.
How many school placements will there be?
You are required to teach in 2 schools during the course of the year. The first placement (Autumn) and the third placement (Summer) are usually in the same school. In the Spring term you will spend time teaching in another school. Our placement strategy is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for your teaching career. During the programme you will spend time in a variety of schools and contexts including mainstream schools, special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and the Medical Needs Teaching Service.
What kind of assessments are there for School Direct?
You will need to demonstrate that you meet the Teachers’ Standards to achieve QTS. You will also complete academic assignments in order to achieve a PGCE. These assignments are focused on your understanding of how children learn, your specialist subject knowledge and your vision for education.
What support will I receive?
Throughout your year you will be supported by a well-trained mentor, the primary lead mentors and colleagues from our ITT partners.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:
- a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
- at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Financial advice can also be sought from Hart of Yorkshire SCITT following this link http://yorkshirescitt.co.uk/funding-finance/
A £6,000 bursary is available to Primary with mathematics trainees with at least a B at A level in mathematics (or equivalent qualification or subject knowledge).
GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. These three qualifications should have been awarded prior to application to this programme. Other GCSEs are required to show a good spread of curriculum subjects. Equivalency examinations are accepted.
2.1 honours degree from a UK University or a recognised equivalent qualification (in exceptional cases 2.2 degrees will be considered if supported by evidence of other strong academic and personal qualities).
You will be able to demonstrate -
• A high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise and have a sound understanding of equality and diversity.
• A real sense of moral purpose and a tireless energy to achieve the best for your pupils.
• Commitment, resilience and the ability to reflect in order to learn from your own experiences as well as the experiences of others.
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
Our Alliance of schools is working in partnership with HART of Yorkshire SCITT to deliver a year-long, school-based programme of Initial Teacher Training. Validated by HART of Yorkshire SCITT and Northumbria University. The programme leads to a PGCE with QTS.
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.
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Hollin Hill Drive, Leeds LS8 2PW
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