About the course
Our Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:
- Phase 1: 7-day induction in the SCITT
- Phase 2: Classroom Practice 1 in your home school.
- Phase 3: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This will be a
- week placement
- Phase 4: Week in a special School.
- Phase 5: Four day placement in a primary setting.
- Phase 6: Classroom Practice 3 in your home school.
In each Phase of Classroom Practice you will spend 4 days in school. The fifth day is a training day at John Taylor High School. In the morning all trainees undertake general professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments, and in the afternoon split into subject groups.
Trainees on our Physics SCITT programmes will benefit from small group subject knowledge development sessions where themes from the professional studies training will be considered from the perspective of Physics.
In most schools, teachers of Science will be expected to teach their specialism to KS4 and A level but all Sciences in KS3 and our course is designed to prepare you for this.
Our subject Development Leader for Science is an outstanding experienced practitioner. She has created a bespoke programme which will be delivered by subject specialists in the main disciplines of Science. You will learn how to engage pupils, promote progress through effective teaching strategies and plan practical demonstrations whilst considering Health and Safety.The programme will provide a forum to explore pupils’ common misconceptions in all science subjects. You will learn in a supportive environment how to develop pupils’ investigative skills through Science enquiry as well as how to apply many of the generic aspects of teaching in a science context.
School and subject based tasks complement training sessions and you will have the opportunity to share experiences with others during the reflect and review sessions on training days.
There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and by the end of the year you will need to demonstrate that you have fully met each of the eight Standards for Qualified Teacher Status as well as Part 2 of The Standards. A Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed subject knowledge over the course of the year.
All our previous Science trainees have successfully secured employment.
If your application meets the requirements of the programme you will be invited to attend an interview at John Taylor High School training centre, where a member of the SCITT Team , a representative from a partner school and a subject specialist will interview you.
Prior to interview we will ask you to complete a subject knowledge audit and undertake a small amount of research in preparation for the interview. On the interview day we will ask you to:
- complete a literacy and numeracy test
- deliver a five minute presentation
- engage in a micro teaching activity with a small group of KS3 pupils. In this activity we are only looking to assess your ability to breakdown a concept to enable children to learn, your presence and professionalism and your ability to interact with pupils.
- have a personal interview in which we will explore your reasons for wanting to become a teacher, your understanding of what it means to be a teacher and what constitutes outstanding teaching and learning.
There will a be an information session prior to the formal interview when we go through the programme with you in detail and provide an informal opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about our programme.
How school placements work
The National Forest Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of 14 secondary schools, 17 primary schools and 3 special schools across our local area. No school is more that 30 minutes travelling time from John Taylor High School . When assigning you to a school we will give consideration to a school's competence and capacity in your subject area, plan for two contrasting placements and look at where you live.
Our programme is an 11-16 programme with post 16 enhancement and so you will have to teach across KS3 and 4 and according to your aspirations and confidence acquire Post 16 experience as well. We strongly encourage all our partners to provide a KS5 teaching experience for our trainees, as we believe that this enhances employability which is extremely important to us.
Your Home School, where you start and end your training, will oversee the whole of your training year and communication between your home School and second placement mentor is very important to us to ensure a smooth transition between the phases. To that end both mentors will be involved in your end of phase 1 and 2 assessments and transition information shared.
Prior to returning to your home school for your final phase of training you will spend 4 days in a primary setting in order to develop your understanding of what pupils have learnt and what they can do when they arrive at their secondary school to continue their educational journey. You will look at how your subject is taught in the primary school in order that you are aware of their existing skills and can plan to build on them effectively.
After completing you second placement in the spring term you will spend a week in a special school to deepen your understanding of the barriers to learning that some pupils experience and different strategies deployed by special schools to help pupils overcome them. We work with a number of different types of special schools and a Pupil Referral Unit who all support us with this component of our training.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a minimum degree classification of 2.2. The degree must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. Where this is not the case, you may still be offered a place subject to the completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme. GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics is a requirement of the programme
To be successful on our programme, you need to have excellent subject knowledge and be highly motivated, with a real passion for teaching and your subject. You should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of what it means to be a teacher, ideally through school experience and be able to evidence resilience and good organisational skills. It is important that you can work effectively as part of a team, are a good listener and receptive to constructive criticism.
Applicants must have successfully gained a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is required to be completed no more than three months before the course start date.
All applicants are subject to medical clearance.
About the training provider
John Taylor High School, based in the charming Staffordshire village of Barton under Needwood, is an Outstanding school (Ofsted 2014) and the lead school for the National Forest Teaching School Alliance. All our programmes are accredited by the John Taylor SCITT. We currently work with 14 secondary schools, 17 primaries and 3 special schools. Most of our partner schools are located north of Birmingham, predominantly in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. We are well located, being less than 5 minutes from the A38. A bespoke training centre, on the John Taylor High School site, is the main training venue for all Professional Studies and Subject Development training
As a teaching school we aspire to train and recruit the very best teachers to our local area and beyond and regard the ITE year as stage one of our teacher recruitment and development process. For trainees who secure employment locally within the alliance, we offer access to a programme of tailored professional development: Our Newly Qualified Teacher and Recently Qualified Teacher Programmes, build seamlessly on our ITE programmes and ensure that as an NQT and second year teacher you continue to be supported and developed. Talent management and succession planning are high on our agenda and our CPD and training opportunities reflect this, with opportunities for aspirant middle leaders and senior leaders to engage in tailored programmes to support the career progression of good teachers.click here to view our website
About the accredited body
The John Taylor SCITT, offering both primary and secondary programmes is based at John Taylor High School. The SCITT is a relatively small provider and as a consequence prides itself on knowing all trainees well and being able to offer highly personalised support.
In 2017 the SCITT was commended by Ofsted for :
- their vision and ambition
- the training and support provided
- the quality of placements offered
- their responsiveness to needs and views of trainees
- communication and collaboration with partner schools
- trainee outcomes
- employment rates
- professionalism and commitment of NQTs
Training with disabilities and other needs
The National Forest Teaching School welcomes applications from people with disabilities. John Taylor High School, the lead school, has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.
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King Edward VI School, Lichfield
Upper St John's Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9EE
Kings Avenue, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire WS12 1DH
John Taylor High School, Dunstall Road, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent DE13 8AZ
The Pingle Academy
Coronation Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 0QA
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