About the course
Lyons Hall Primary School, an outstanding Teaching School works in partnership with Essex Primary SCITT which was recognised as an outstanding provider by Ofsted in November 2017 to offer a School Direct programme hosted by our partner schools. Our training programme covers the effective teaching of all National Curriculum subjects, development of generic teaching skills such as behaviour for effective learning, assessment, pupil wellbeing and other current educational issues. Trainees attend a pre-course induction day with their host school mentor in July and a second induction day prior to taking up their main placement. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in their host schools from the very beginning. Trainees spend approximately three days a week in school and two days a week on our taught course for the first 2 terms. During this time there are also opportunities to visit other partnership schools to further develop practice. In the final term there are two block teaching practices, one in a second placement school and a final assessed teaching practice back in the main placement school. Trainees are allocated to one of our 2 cohorts with training days based either at Lyons Hall Primary School in Braintree or Newlands Spring Primary School in Chelmsford depending on where you live. Some training days are also held in other partnership schools.
Each trainee is assigned a mentor in each school and an external mentor who support and guide them through their professional development. Throughout the year trainees complete directed tasks and 3 written assignments which build up a range of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards for their Professional Portfolio which is a core requirement for the successful completion of the course.
Short listed candidates will be invited to interview at one of our partnership schools. The interview panel will consist of programme leaders, head teachers or members of our external mentor team. As well as the interview candidates will deliver a short pre-prepared presentation; carry out a written task; a class based task and for candidates yet to pass the numeracy skills test a maths task.
Interviews will take place either for the whole morning or the whole afternoon and will last approximately 3.5 to 4 hours in total- the start times vary between schools.
How school placements work
Every trainee undertaking teacher training must teach in at least 2 different schools or settings. Our primary trainees begin their main school placement in their preferred key stage from the first day of the new school year. Candidates are asked at interview their preference of key stage for their main placement and may chose EYFS, KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. Trainees undertake a 6 week placement in their second contrasting school with a different age range. Trainees also have the opportunity to visit and learn from a range of different partnership schools throughout the programme. Trainees attend 60 (65 for those in EYFS) course days either in Braintree or Chelmsford with the other days in school.
We have partnership schools (over 50) across Essex from small rural to large multi-form entry primaries, including church schools. Our largest number of partnership schools are in Chelmsford and Braintree but we also have schools in Colchester, Clacton, Harlow, Southwoodham Ferrers, Clacton, Coggeshall, Witham, Earls Colne, Halstead, West Bergholt.
Each school is unique and we take care to match trainees to schools that are suited to their individual needs and that are within a reasonable travelling distance.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
An honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution (2,2 or above)
; equivalent overseas qualification or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree
GCSE English language, maths and a science grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent
We accept equivalency tests from:
A* Star Teachers (www.astarteachers.co.uk)
Equivalency Testing (www.equivalencytesting.co.uk)
Candidates must also pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy
We are looking for applications from those with a passion and enthusiasm for working with children and ensuring the best outcomes for them. Candidates should be good communicators with a willingness to learn and potential to become engaging, reflective practitioners. It is helpful for candidates to have some experience of working or volunteering in schools to develop their understanding of the role of a teacher and to affirm that they are making the right career choice.
All successful candidates who go on to accept a place will be required to have a clear DBS check.
About the training provider
Lyons Hall School, an outstanding Teaching School works in partnership with Essex Primary SCITT and Mid Essex ITT (for secondary) which were both recognised as outstanding providers by Ofsted in November 2017.
Lyons Hall is the lead school in the Professional Learning Network (PLN), a Teaching School Alliance of over 50 primary, secondary and special schools
If you have a degree and would like to become a primary or secondary school teacher, PLN is here to support and guide you, every step of the way. We offer Initial Teacher Training through School Direct placements, a one-year programme in which candidates undertake on-the-job-training in at least two schools in Essex across the school year. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in schools from the very beginning and many of our trainees go on to work in one of the schools they trained in.
We are different to many other training organisations as we can support you with your induction as a Newly Qualified Teacher as well as with Continuing Professional and Leadership Development throughout your career.
You will receive support from experienced teachers to help develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to become a successful practitioner.
Trainees are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity that our strong partnership of schools offers and are well supported and challenged to achieve the very best outcomes that prepare them well for the start of their teaching careers.
About the accredited body
Essex Primary SCITT was recognised as outstanding in all categories by Ofsted in November 2017. Two quotes from the inspection report help to summarise what they do which is to train the very best teachers for partnership schools. They are 'recognised by local head teachers as providing well trained trainees who help school raise standards.' 'Trainees make strong progress as the result of highly effective school-based and central training.' The final line of the report reads - 'typical of their comments was one trainee who said the training programme is 'the best thing I have done in my life.''
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are fully committed to fairness and equality. We strive to recruit from all backgrounds and ages and value the diversity it brings to the profession.
Over the years we have supported trainees with disabilities and other needs to achieve at least good and often outstanding outcomes by the end of their training by taking in to account their individual needs and tailoring their training accordingly.
In the past we have provided extra support to trainees with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, hearing impairments, ME and other long standing illnesses who have successfully completed their training.
We have provided help with proof-reading assignments, providing handouts on pastel coloured paper and running “Breakfast Support” sessions and Wellbeing days. If you think you may require assistance with any of the tasks at our interview and assessment day, we are happy to chat in advance about how we can make them accessible for you.
We welcome any requests from applicants concerning anything we can do to support you as you apply to join the course.
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PLN (Lyons Hall), Deerleap Way, Braintree CM7 9FH
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