About the course
The course offers you a weekly General Professional Studies (GPS) session lasting 3 hours, which will be predominately held at St Philip Howard School in Barnham and in other partner schools in West Sussex. In these sessions you will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop your practice within the classroom. Areas of pedagogy covered within these sessions include: assessment for learning, smart marking, lesson planning, behaviour management and differentiation. Our Non-Salaried and SCITT courses are awarded with QTS and PGCE carrying 60 masters credits (awarded in partnership with the University of Sussex). Our salaried and apprenticeship courses lead to QTS only.
Alongside your General Professional Studies, all trainees receive subject specific training, which is led by one of the schools within the partnership. All subject hubs within the partnership have been chosen for their renowned reputation as training centres and outstanding levels of learning and teaching as well as results. P.E subject studies gives trainees a weekly dedicated session focusing on subject related topics, preparing you to teach your Physical Education both as a practical and theoretical subject to a high level within the classroom. Areas of training include assessment in P.E, engaging students in all aspects of the subject, the varying skills needed to succeed in the subject, planning an effective scheme of work and differentiation. As a Teach SouthEast trainee you would spend the majority of time in your placement school with the weekly day of training delivered by the Teach SouthEast SCITT and their partnership of schools. The PGCE (60 masters credits) is delivered by and accredited by The University of Sussex, whose ITT provision has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Trainees have the opportunity to go to The University of Sussex on a number of occasions throughout the year to access keynote lectures and the PGCE element of the course is delivered at one of the two lead schools within the SCITT.
Once we receive your application through UCAS we will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will be held at one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks. The interview day will consist of:
- A tour of the school in which the interviews are being held
- A subject knowledge test. This is usually part of a GCSE paper and will last no longer than 30 minutes
- An exercise on resilience
- Teaching an advised topic to a class of approximately 30 students for approximately 25 minutes
- An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools
- A literacy and numeracy skills test assessment to establish if you currently meet the required standards of literacy and numeracy for teaching, and if not, to establish how we can support you
How school placements work
Teach SouthEast is a growing partnership, currently consisting of over 20 schools in the SouthEast of England. Placing trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:
- Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a trainee in a particular subject
- Selecting a mentor who will be the best fit for the trainee
- We will establish at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport
- We do not expect trainees to travel for longer than an hour each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 – 40 minutes
- We always do our best to accommodate trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them. All trainees will spend the first term in their Home School. After Christmas, trainees will be given a contrasting Away School placement for the duration of the Spring term, after which they will return to their Home School. Salaried and apprenticeship trainees will only have a half term (usually 6 weeks) away placement.
All of our Initial Teacher Training courses teach the age range 11-16 with post 16 enhancement so every trainee will get an exposure to teaching Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The only exceptions to this are Business Studies, Psychology and Media Studies which cover ages 14-19 as these subjects are not taught at Key Stage 3 in our partnership of schools.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
- Degree - 2:2 or above
- 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalent) – Grade A*- C (new gradings 4-9) which must include Maths & English
- If your degree is not in the subject in which you train to teach, an A-Level in a related subject is required If your degree or high school education were undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC: https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/
We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen. These personal qualities include:
- A friendly and approachable nature
- Good interpersonal skills
- Organisation and time management
- A passion for your subject
- An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
- A positive outlook and resilient nature
- A creative and innovative approach
- The ability to reflect on and improve practice
- Potential leadership capabilities
- A passion and drive for delivering first class education
All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession. Prior to the start of the course, all trainees are required to pass the government literacy and numeracy skills tests for teaching.
About the training provider
Inspire and Bosco Teaching Schools have strong links to a range of different schools in the Sussex region. We are committed to providing an environment for teachers to thrive whether they are at the start of their training year or whether they aspire to be headteachers.
Our partnership of schools is not geographically rooted in one area of Sussex. The lead school for Inspire TSA is St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill and the lead school for Bosco TSA is St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham but our partnership is made up of faith schools, state comprehensives, primary and secondary schools, a special school and also independent schools. We are geographically spread from Brighton to Chichester and Crawley to Worthing. We believe we have a responsibility to make teaching an enriching, fulfilling and manageable career.
About the accredited body
We forged an important link with the Teach South East, an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' ITT provider for P.E and P.E with and EBACC subject (English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, MFL). Most of these courses are delivered in schools in Sussex with a P.E expertise.
Training with disabilities and other needs
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Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Chatsmore Catholic High School
Goring Street, Worthing, WEST SUSSEX BN12 5AF
Felpham Community College
Felpham Way, Bognor Regis , West Sussex PO22 8EL
St. Paul's Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill RH15 8GA
St Wilfrid s Catholic School
St Wilfrid s Way, Old Horsham Road, Crawley, WEST SUSSEX RH11 8PG
St. Philip Howard Catholic High School
Elm Grove South, Barnham, WEST SUSSEX PO22 0EN
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