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, practising teachers, and from the beginning of the course, in Year 1, trainees will spend 1.5 days a week in school, and attend Core Training on Fridays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Whilst in school, trainees will have some teaching, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with students in smaller groups, or in one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment & planning; reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee will have a dedicated subject specialist mentor, with whom training is planned and evaluated at fornightly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. Most of the Core Training on Fridays will look at issues in learning & teaching common to all trainees, but there are also regular (approx. monthly) subject afternoons to look at more subject specific pedagogy. In Year 2, part time trainees spend 2.5 days in school, with more occasional Central Training (as they will have completed most of this part of the coure in Year 1). In addition, each trainee will be assigned to one of the senior tutor team, who will act as a personal tutor throughout the course. For further details please follow the link to CTSN SCITT
At interview you will usually be asked to teach a small group of students, most probably in Key Stage 3. 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 the their home address. Part time salaried trainees spend most of their time at their employing school, except for the Summer term in the first year, when you will be placed at a contrasting school.
As a salaried trainee, you will be employed by your host placement school, and paid on the Unqualified Teacher Pay-scale, UQ1.
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.
You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Usually, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a degree in a non-related subject but have significant work experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach may also be considered. Also, you would need to have a GCSE Mathematics and English (Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent .
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
CTSN SCITT is a school centred accredited provider of ITE that offers teacher training across the Eastern Region, based around two training centres in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds:
- all applicants will be able to choose whether they attend the core training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
We work with a wide variety of partnership schools across Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk, North Essex, North Herts:
- there is a very good chance of us being able to place you in a local school, convenient for your training.
Such a strong network of schools also means that
- the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in local schools.
As a school centred provider all our tutors are expert teachers, which means:
- our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by expert practice.
We provide a wide range of routes:
- both primary (5-11) and secondary;
- supported by both loan/bursary or salary;
- full time or part time (over two years).
Our salaried routes will lead to the award of QTS; the other routes, whether supported by loan or bursary (which is often the most financially beneficial for trainees, particularly in shortage secondary subjects) will lead to QTS plus PGCE (*subject to validation).
Please see ctsn.scitt.info for more information.
About the accredited body
CTSN SCITT is a school centred accredited provider of ITE that offers teacher training across the Eastern Region, based around two training centres in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.
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 have an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
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