About the course
Once you have been made an offer for Initial Teacher Training with GLF Schools' Teacher Training, you will be assigned to a host school in which you will complete the majority of your training, on a 2-1-2 basis (2 days in school - 1 day dedicated to professional studies - 2 days in school). In the spring term you will complete a second placement of six weeks in another partnership school to ensure that you experience contrasting educational settings / phases, which will greatly enhance your learning experience.
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), Initial Trainee Teachers (ITTs) and all practising teachers are judged against the national Teachers' Standards. The GLF Schools' Teacher Training programme covers the eight Teachers' Standards and Part 2 that need to be met in order to receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). During the course of the year, you will be developing your evidence portfolio, a key part of obtaining QTS status.
You will receive weekly professional studies training, delivered by a member of the SCITT Leadership Team and/or specialists from our partnership schools; these sessions will cover the skills and knowledge required to meet the Teachers' Standards and support you in developing your teaching skills over time. As a team we work hard to ensure that training meets the needs of all trainee teachers, and we pride ourselves on delivering a programme that is responsive to trainees' needs.
Trainees can enhance their training year by choosing the PGCE uplift. Trainees who take this option will attend nine sessions at Roehampton University during the training year, as part of their professional studies programme.
Successful applicants will be invited to one of our recruitment days, which are usually held fortnightly. Interview locations can vary, however, they are generally hosted at schools within the Epsom area. The day will consist of:
- a presentation to the interview panel
- a subject knowledge test, GCSE level (secondary only)
- a lesson planning exercise
- a formal interview, which will include the SCITT Director or Operational lead on the interview panel
- a teaching activity
- a written exercise
How school placements work
During your training year, you will undertake two placements in our partner schools (http://www.glftt.org/578/who-are-our-partnership-schools). We work with a number of partner schools who we know deliver high-quality teacher training.
Your main placement school will depend on the demand for your subject and you will teach ages 5-11 years (primary) or 11 to 16 years (secondary) during your time there. We will organise a second placement of 6 weeks for you in a contrasting partner school and we aim for both schools to be a maximum of an hour's journey time. We do our best to accommodate the personal and family circumstances of trainees when arranging placements.
Secondary trainees will gain experience of Key Stage 5 (16-18 years) during their training year but will not be required to teach it as well as opportunities to observe in a primary setting. Primary Trainees will gain opportunities to observe in both Early years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and secondary settings.
Salaried trainees are paid according to the unqualified teachers pay scale; for London fringe in 2018/19 the minimum is currently £18,339.
Tuition fees for salaried trainees will be paid by the employing school; if trainees take the optional PGCE, they will be required to pay the additional £2,000 cost. Salaried trainees are not eligible for a student loan.
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.
By the start of the course, trainees must hold:
- GCSEs at C grade/level 4 or above in Maths and English
- UK Honours degree at 2:2 or above, which must be at least a 50% match to the subject in which you want to train.
Any overseas qualifications should be verified with NARIC for equivalency before a UCAS application is submitted.
If your qualifications were gained in a non-English speaking country, you may be required to sit the IELTS; we require an overall grade of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 for Reading and 6.0 for Writing.
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to a future teaching career, strong subject knowledge and the ability to interact with young people in and out of a classroom environment. We are also looking for strong literacy and numeracy skills, high standards of written English, a willingness to contribute to wider school life as well as personal qualities including: confidence, flexibility, resilience, ability to work in a group and under pressure, self-reflection and time management skills.
We recommend that you spend time in school before submitting your application so you can reflect on your experiences in your personal statement.
Salaried trainees are required to have at least two years' full-time work experience, not necessarily within education.
GLF Schools' Teacher Training are committed to safeguarding and so we require all of our successful applicants to undertake an enhanced DBS check, as well as a health check, before they start their training.
All trainee teachers will also be required to pass the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills tests before training starts.
About the training provider
First-rate training programme: As an Accredited Provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), we offer a first rate professional training experience, working with schools that have significant experience delivering ITT.
Dedicated team: Our team are dedicated to ensuring trainees meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the training year. We offer strong pastoral and professional care, priding ourselves on knowing our trainees personally.
Induction: In order to help trainees prepare for the year ahead, trainees attend an Induction Programme (June).
High quality mentoring: Trainees are allocated a mentor who will offer personalised support and guidance throughout the year.
Alliance-based training: Trainees follow a bespoke, carefully devised Professional Studies Programme, delivered by high quality practitioners, one day per week.
Responsive training: We seek feedback after training sessions to ensure that future sessions are tailored to meet the need of our trainees.
Online training platform: Our online platform means that trainees can access the most up to date versions of the documents, whenever needed.
Second-school placements: Our partnership provides opportunities for trainees to experience a contrasting school setting.
Well-being and resilience: The training year is demanding; we put in place training sessions which deal specifically with the well-being of our trainees.
Networking: Working within a successful partnership of schools provides trainees with opportunities to share good practice and visit other schools, benefiting from the expertise of a wider range of highly skilled professionals.
Employment opportunities: We have 100% employment rate; most successful trainees will go on to work within their host school.
About the accredited body
GLF Schools Teacher Training's partner schools are based mainly in Surrey, but extend as far as the Reading area and Oxfordshire.
Training with disabilities and other needs
GLF Schools SCITT will adhere to its Recruitment and Selection policy in relation to all new appointments. In particular, this means that essential criteria on person specifications will be limited to those requirements which are necessary for the effective performance of the job. Candidates for employment will be assessed objectively against the requirements for the job, taking into account any reasonable adjustments that may be required for candidates with a disability. GLF Schools will make reasonable adjustments to its standard working practices to overcome barriers caused by disability. GLF Schools SCITT will monitor the composition of the existing workforce and of applicants for jobs and, where problems are identified, will consider whether appropriate action can be taken to address these.
All trainees complete a pre-employment questionnaire which is assessed by GLF Schools’ health care provider. Any recommendations are risk assessed and reasonable adjustments actioned. In addition, GLF Schools’ SCITT has partnerships with a diverse range of both secondary and primary schools and trainees are placed according to their suitability and needs.
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