About the course
As a school based provider of primary initial teacher training, 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. Throughout the course, trainees spend a day a week (usually Thursdays) in core training and the remaining 4 days in school. 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. 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, a maths test based on the Key Stage Two maths expectations and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools. The employing school (i.e. the one that will pay your salary) may also want to interview you; this could be arranged on the same interview day or, if necessary, on an alternative date.
How school placements work
To be accepted onto this route, you need to have identified a school who is willing to employ you. Salaried trainees then spend most of the time at their employing school, except for a short placement, in the first half of the Spring term, when you are placed at a contrasting school. One key difference with the non-salaried training routes is that salaried trainees will have the professional responsibility for teaching a class, for up to two days each week. This means that there is considerably more independent teaching for salaried trainees, right from the very beginning of the course. Applicants who are not ready for this level of independent teaching responsibility might consider a non-salaried training route. Alternatively, trainees that will need some kind of income might consider the part time (non-salaried) course, alongside part time employment.
Throughout this full time training course, you are employed by a school, for the ten months of the course. You, as the candidate, need to find a school who is willing to employ you - this is not the responsibility of the provider. You will need to be employed as an unqualified teacher; the rates of pay will be determined by the school's or academy's pay scale for unqualified teachers, which may vary between different schools and academies.
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.
Before applying, you will need to have liaised with a school who is willing to employ you for the duration of the course. The provider does not find the school for you. You will be employed as an unqualified teacher; the rate of pay will depend on the school's or academy's pay scale.
About the training provider
CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region:
- All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
- There is a wide range of placement schools.
- Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
- Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
- Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with the University of Greenwich.
- Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS.
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
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 receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Abbots Green Community Primary School
18 Airfield Road, Bury Saint Edmunds IP32 7PJ
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Avenue, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9EG
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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