About the course
As a Secondary SCITT Salaried trainee you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a school from the start of the academic year and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn
alongside experienced teachers. Former trainees identify this as a particular strength, ‘On the job training is the best way to find out what works in practice’
Development of a trainee’s subject knowledge is a key feature of our training programme and we create many opportunities for trainees to develop their subject knowledge, not only first hand from your school based mentors but also from our subject knowledge trainers who are all practising teachers and share their extensive knowledge and expertise about how to teach their subject to secondary school students.
Secondary SCITT Salaried trainees receive core and subject knowledge training on one day per week (a Thursday) throughout the training period from September to June. The venues for this can be split across Suffolk and Norfolk but you will receive details of venues and dates during your induction at the end of August.
On this course you will achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters’ credits and Qualified Teacher Status. In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will be assessed against all parts of the Teachers’ Standards as you accumulate the evidence across the ten
month training programme. Additionally, to gain your PGCE there are three Masters' level assignments to write during your training and they help to link theory to the practice of what you are teaching in the classroom. Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT are a ‘personalised, relational, ethical’ ITT provider offer the Secondary Salaried PGCE programme. All trainees on this course will obtain the following qualification, QTS, PGCE with 60 Masters’ credits on successful completion of the course.
After your application is shortlisted by the SCITT and Lead School team, you will be invited to a formal interview by SCITT. This interview may take place at a Lead School or it may take place at one of the SCITT venues in Norwich or Ipswich. The interview will consist of questions by an interview panel; a student panel and a subject knowledge task. If successful at the SCITT interview, you will be invited to the final part of the process known as Task Day which will be held in Norwich or
Ipswich. You will complete group activities with other trainees, deliver a very short presentation and complete a couple of written tasks and you will be observed by senior members of the SCITT Team.
Although there is now no requirement by the government for candidates to pass tests in literacy and numeracy before commencing your training, as an ITT provider, we must still assess your competency in these areas. Your invitation to a Task day will inform you of the arrangements we have made to assess the level of literacy and numeracy skills and if needed, we will also provide guidance about how they can be improved.
If you are successful after Task Day and have attended an interview at a school, then you will be made an offer which is agreed by the Lead School and Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT as the training provider.
How school placements work
On the salaried programme you must have the support of a school who can offer you a placement in a subject we offer and meet the contributions to your salary at the time of application. In partnership with Secondary SCITT we will ensure you have a high-quality school placement arranged. Most trainees train in subjects within the 11-16 age range but there is also the opportunity to train in the 14-19 age phase in specific subjects.
To be eligible for a place on the Salaried course you must have the support of a school who is willing to make contributions towards your salary.
As a guide towards your salary, trainees are paid full-time on point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale.
Salaries will vary depending on which subject you are training in, number of hours taught and the length of your contract and this will be arranged by your placement school.
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.
• A UK first degree (or equivalent). Normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points).
• GCSE English Language Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
• GCSE Mathematics Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
• Overseas qualifications must be assessed by NARIC.
• Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.
We find that successful trainees have a passion for their subject which they wish to pass onto secondary school students. Trainees should be motivated, well-organised and demonstrate resilience. Trainees should understand the importance of developing strong learning relationships with teenagers and can demonstrate that they view teaching as a valuable career. Additionally trainees should be reflective, able to take respond positively to feedback about their progress during their training year and also value being part of a team.
• Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course.
• Meet the 'Fit to Teach' criteria. Secondary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Secondary SCITT, if further investigation is required, trainees may be asked to contribute towards the cost.
• Meet the 'Fit to Teach' criteria
About the training provider
The Farlingaye and Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance was established in 2011 as part of the first cohort of Teaching Schools nationally. Now encompassed by East Anglian Schools Trust. We were the first Teaching School Alliance in Suffolk, and have established a highly positive working relationship across the county providing tailored support, raising achievement for pupils and developing staff.
By choosing to undertake your teaching training with us, you will find a welcoming, supportive and cutting edge environment in which to begin your career. A combination of working with excellent classroom practitioners, as well as the thorough programme of professional development that is in place will ensure your training year is rewarding and offers you the right opportunities to develop. We recognise the importance of the support you receive in this crucial training period and our supportive mechanisms for those new to their careers ensure that at every level substantial guidance, mentoring and coaching is in place to aid your development.
We work with a variety of secondary schools within Suffolk, a list depending on the training programme you choose can be found on our website. (http://www.farlingayekesgravetsa.co.uk)
Our long standing and collaborative working relationships with both our accrediting providers is second to none, and this is reflected in the success rates of our trainees.
We train you with the expectation that you will secure a teaching position locally, many remain in our partnership schools with access to a clearly defined bespoke career path ranging from NQT through to senior leadership roles.
About the accredited body
The Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT programme is a highly personalised, well regarded and established teacher training course. It has very high attainment and employment outcomes for trainees. This programme has the unique structure of being in partnership with a
significant number of schools across all areas of Suffolk, Norfolk and some in Cambridgeshire. Due to the size of our partnership, this course provides with you the wealth of experiences so you can become a resilient and confident newly qualified teacher who will be able to teach in any type of
school at the start of your teaching career.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Farlingaye & Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance, alongside our ITT providers, is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities. Please contact us to discuss any specific access requirements.
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C/O suffolk & Norfolk Secondary SCITT , University of Suffolk, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1QJ
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