About the course
As a school based provider of initial teacher training, CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. All the tutors on the course are expert, practising teachers, able to guide trainees into a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum and appropriate pedagogy, informed by both research and the tutors’ own practice. During the course, trainees will spend one day (usually Thursdays) in Core Training, and the remaining 4 days a week in school. Whilst in school, trainees carry out specific teaching tasks, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with children in smaller groups; one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment and planning; reading, writing and research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee has a mentor (usually the class teacher) with whom teaching and other tasks are planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. In addition, each trainee is assigned to one of the senior tutor team and each trainee also has a personal tutor. This provides a strong support network for the trainee throughout the course. Trainees will have a choice of attending core training in either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. The course will lead to the award of both QTS and PGCE (The University of Greenwich). For further details please follow the link to CTSNSCITT.
At interview you will usually be asked to teach a Key Stage One or Key Stage Two class for around 20-30 minutes; you will be advised of the year group prior to interview. In addition there will be a short written task, a maths test based on the Key Stage Two maths expectations and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.
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. You will spend the first term in one school and then, after Christmas, move to a contrasting school for the remainder of the course.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
£9,250, often covered with a student loan. You would also qualify for a means tested maintenance loan. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website. If you meet the criteria to apply for this route, you could also be eligible for a bursary of £6000.
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.
You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Also, you would need to have GCSE qualifications (grade C/4 or better) in Mathematics, English and Science, or a confirmed equivalent qualification. You will also need to have grade C or above in A Level Mathematics.
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 children 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’.
About the accredited body
CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region:
- All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the core training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds;
- Wide range of placement schools
- Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
- All tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
- salaried routes available, leading to QTS
- other routes will lead to QTS plus PGCE (*subject to validation).
Please see ctsn.scitt.info for more information.
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.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Abbotts Green Primary School
18 Airfield Road, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7PJ
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Avenue, Cambridge CB2 9EG
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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