About the course
As a school based provider of initial teacher training, CASSA (in partnership with the CTSN SCITT) is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. The tutors on the course are expert, practising teachers and, from the beginning of the course, trainees will spend four days a week (Monday – Thursday) in school and attend Core Training on Fridays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Whilst in school, trainees will have some teaching, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with students in smaller groups, one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment & planning; reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching.
Every trainee will have a dedicated subject specialist mentor, with whom training is planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. Most of the Core Training on Fridays will look at issues in learning & teaching common to all trainees, but there are also regular (approx. monthly) subject afternoons to look at more subject specific pedagogy. In addition, each trainee will be assigned to one of the senior tutor team, who act as personal tutors throughout the course.
This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). For further details please follow the link to CTSN SCITT.
At interview you will usually be asked to teach a small group of students, most probably in Key Stage 3. In addition there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools. The employing school (ie the one that will pay your salary) would also need to interview you; this could be arranged on the same interview day or, if necessary, on an alternative date.
How school placements work
We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home.
Full time salaried trainees spend most of the time at their employing school, except for a short placement, in the first half of the Spring term, when you are placed at a contrasting school.
One key difference with the salaried training routes is that salaried trainees will have the professional responsibility for teaching classes, for up to two days each week. This means that there is considerably more independent teaching for salaried trainees, right from the very beginning of the course. Applicants who are not ready for this level of independent teaching responsibility might consider a non-salaried training route, for which there might be a tax free bursary available.
Salaried teacher trainees are employed by a school on the Unqualified Teacher scale, usually UQ1. (It is worth bearing in mind that, depending on the subject, trainees might be better off on a non-salaried course; many subjects attract a generous tax free bursary from the DfE.)
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.
You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Usually, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a degree in a non-related subject but have significant work experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach may also be considered. Also, you would need to have a GCSE Mathematics and English (Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent .
As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.
About the training provider
The Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance (CASSA) is an alliance of primary, secondary and special schools and post-16 providers from across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
We work with over 80 partner schools in both rural and city contexts and we have an excellent track record of successfully training teachers. These schools have rich experience of working with some of the country’s leading Higher Education Institution (HEI) and SCITT (School Centre for Initial Teacher Training) providers. Each year the overwhelmingly majority of these trainees go on to work in local primary and secondary schools.
CASSA ITTs (Initial Trainee Teachers) have access to the highest quality training.
CASSA works in partnership with both Cambridge Teaching School Network SCITT and Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT and offers both salaried and non salaried primary and secondary routes. We have professional studies training centres in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich; this local training provision, and being placed in one of over 80 schools, gives ITTs the ability to train close to home and manage competing demands. This flexibility and the quality of training means that our trainees qualify at the highest levels and start their careers ‘school ready’.
Training with disabilities and other needs
CASSA supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.
CASSA has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Bottisham Village College
Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridgeshire CB25 9DL
King Edward VI School
King Edward VI School, Grove Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3BH
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