About the course
As a school based provider of Primary 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 able to guide trainees into a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum, and appropriate pedagogy, informed by both research and the tutors’ own practice. At the start of the course, trainees spend three days a week in their placement school and attend core training for the other two; as the course develops, four days a week are spent in school with one day in core training. Part of this time in school is salaried; for the remainder of the week the training is accelerated so that the training will be completed in a single academic year, but this additional training is not salraied. 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. 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.
Throughout this full time training course, you are employed by a school, part time, for the ten months. The training is accelerated so that you are able to complete the course within one year. The additional training required for this is not salaried.
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). Also, you would need to have GCSE qualifications (grade C/4 or better) 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 children 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.
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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