About the course
You will be employed in one of our cluster schools and will be involved in all aspects of school life. During your on-the-job training, you will work alongside experienced teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons. As you become more confident and experienced, you will take on increasing amounts of whole-class teaching as well as greater overall responsibility for children’s learning.
You will normally be trained and mentored in school by an experienced and effective teacher, for four days a week and attend high quality central training at Belleville one day a week.
The central training sessions are designed to develop essential subject and pedagogical knowledge based upon real practice. These are largely delivered by current outstanding teachers and school leaders. You will also benefit from a trainee-led Professional Learning Community approach, enabling you to discuss and explore areas of interest through peer support and challenge.
You will be assigned a link tutor who will advise and support you throughout your journey to QTS, as well as providing pastoral care throughout the course. This is done through mentoring and coaching, and allows the opportunity for an overall view of progress.
Link tutors will make two school visits each term to carry out lesson observations. The link tutors’ final assessment visit will confirm your final predicted grade.
You will gain QTS ﴾Qualified Teacher Status﴿ by proving you have met the Teaching Standards. A standards folder will be used to evidence that you have met all the teaching standards during your school placements.
All applications must be made online via UCAS.
All applications are checked against the basic entry requirements on receipt. If your application meets these requirements, it will be forwarded to all our cluster schools with School Direct vacancies.
Cluster schools will be responsible for the initial selection process. They will review applications received and will invite selected applicants to attend a face-to-face assessment. Details of the assessment will be provided to shortlisted candidates but is likely to include an interview and teaching task.
Cluster schools will make a conditional offer to successful candidates, who will then be invited to a second formal interview at Belleville Teaching School to secure their conditional place on the programme.
This final interview will involve senior leaders from across our cluster. A sample of interviews will also involve representatives from Kingston University for quality assurance purposes. You will also be required to sit an English and maths test on this day.
How school placements work
You are required to teach successfully in at least 2 different schools whilst on our programme and across both KS1 and KS2 in order to be awarded QTS.
In order to meet the Teaching Standards, you will require a variety of experience in schools. You will teach children in your specified age ranges, from different backgrounds, as well as gaining experience of different approaches to teaching, school organisation and management.
The school placements timetable will be divided up as follows:
- autumn term; base class at employing school
- spring term (1); base class at second placement school
- spring term (2); alternative key stage class at employing school
- summer term; base class at employing school
This programme is a salaried route into teaching - there are no fees or other costs.
You will receive a salary based on point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay scale for the duration of this programme.
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.
The minimum academic qualifications required for entry onto our programme are as follows:
- a standard equivalent to a grade 4 or above (grade C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics and science
- a good UK first degree (honours) with a 2:2 or above classification or equivalent
If any of your qualifications are from outside the UK, you will be required to have these verified through UK NARIC.
Equivalency tests in maths and science will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs, or their equivalent, are not held.
We are looking for trainees who are:
- committed to a career in primary teaching and are able to evidence their commitment through experience, knowledge, understanding and interest
- ready for a year of hands-on, high quality training and are able to demonstrate their readiness, resilience and capacity for learning
- keen to train with us and are enthusiastic about primary teaching
In addition to the academic requirements above, you are also required to:
- pass both the literacy and numeracy DfE Professional Skills Tests.
- provide evidence of having completed at least two weeks' work experience in a UK primary state school .
- where possible, include a supporting reference from a primary school within your UCAS application.
Although this is not an essential requirement, applicants who have three years’ work experience (in any field) will be looked upon favourably.
You must hold an enhanced DBS clearance, obtained by the employing school, along with a fitness to teach health check.
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