About the course
As a school based provider of initial teacher training, the CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. All the tutors on the course are expert, practicing teachers and deliver high quality input to help trainees develop their knowledge and understanding of primary school teaching and learning. At the start of the course, trainees spend three days a week in their placement school and attend core training for the other two days of the week (mostly on a Thursday and Friday). As the course develops, four days a week are spent in school with one day on core training (usually either a Thursday or Friday). The core training takes place either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds and covers all aspects of the primary curriculum. The training also on focuses on different aspects of teaching and learning pedagogy.
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, or in 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. From 2019, trainees will have a choice of attending core training in either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds, and the course will lead to the award of both QTS and PGCE (subject to validation). For further details please follow the link to CTSN SCITT.
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 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 address. You will spend the first and third terms in your 'home' school, and are placed in a contrasting school for part of the spring term.
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 above) in Mathematics, English and Science, or a confirmed equivalent qualification.
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
At Anglian Gateway we work closely with a growing partnership of schools and our ITT provider to develop successful, highly motivated teachers for the future.
Our joint mission with our ITT provider is to recruit and retain high quality candidates into teaching to meet the needs of our locality as well as nationally. We provide personalised programmes which are delivered by excellent classroom practitioners and specialist leaders of education.
We are offering places on the salaried and non-salaried School Direct training programmes for both primary and secondary.
If you want your initial teacher training to put theory into practice, to gain confidence with increasing classroom experience and to benefit from the skills of experienced successful practitioners then this one year school centred training programme is worthy of consideration.
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
Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website.
All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
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.
Abbots Green Community Primary School
18 Airfield Road, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 718818 IP32 7PJ
Anglian Gateway Teaching School Alliance
Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridgeshire CB25 9DL
Cambridge Teaching School Network (CTSN)
West Street, Comberton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7DU
Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridge CB25 9DL
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Avenue, Cambridge, 01223 491660 CB2 9EG
Support and advice
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