About the course
You are based in The Holy Cross School during your training, with a placement of about 6 weeks in a contrasting school.
You will work with a teacher mentor in school and a visiting tutor from EQualitas to help and support your training.
You will follow a course that leads to QTS. The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which may be worked on concurrently.
Training Module 1A: Lesson planning. How to plan lessons well, including choosing the most appropriate teaching and learning strategies.
Training Module 1B: Behaviour. How to manage pupils during lessons, and motivating them towards learning.
Training Module 1C: Assessment. How to assess pupils' learning in each subject, and use assessment information when planning and teaching lessons.
Training Module 2: Meeting needs of different groups of pupils. How to ensure that all groups of pupils do as well as possible eg those who speak English as an additional language, high attaining pupils, those with special educational needs.
Training Module 3: The wider context of teaching and learning in schools today. Barriers to learning i.e. why some pupils do not do as well as they should, and how teachers can make a difference to this.
Training Module 4: Subject teaching. Bringing everything together, how to teach really effectively. This builds on all the earlier training in how to teach effectively, and involves an in-depth study of an aspect of subject teaching.
There are two formal assignments: an essay exploring aspects of meeting the needs of different groups of pupils (linked to Training Module 2), and a subject-related essay (linked to Training Module 4).
Your progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards is assessed formally at four points: when you start, after 10 working weeks, 20 working weeks and at the end of the training period. These assessments are carried out jointly by trainees, school staff and eQ tutors. Your formal assignments are marked by eQ tutors.
Initial Selection - Applications are considered by the school, and selected for interview on the basis of the information within the application. We pay particular attention to qualifications, the personal statement, and the references.
Interview - Applicants who are invited to interview must take the following: their qualifications certificates; identity documents (photo ID eg a passport, and evidence of residence eg a mobile phone bill or bank/savings statement). Overseas applicants must provide evidence of their eligibility to live and study in the UK. The interview will take up to a day, and include teaching a lesson or part of a lesson. After the interview, an offer is made or you are given feedback on why you were unsuccessful. If you accept the conditional offer, you will complete at least two weeks of in-school experience in preparation for the training (eQ provides pre-training activities), during which time an eQ tutor visits you at the school to work out the individualised plan for your training. The place is confirmed once you have met all the conditions of offer.
How school placements work
You would be placed at Holy Cross for the bulk of your training and complete a second placement in a local school. The second placement schools are chosen in negotiation with the trainee, taking into account travel distances and childcare arrangements if applicable, they have to be in a contrasting school so this will either be a mixed school or a boys school.
You will be teaching predominantly 11-16 students but there will be an opportunity to observe and teach 17-18 students for outstanding trainees
You will be charged £6,000 + VAT, plus £2,000 which is a disbursement to be paid to the school in which you are based during your training.
Applications for support in the form of tuition fee loans and maintenance grants/loans should be submitted to the Student Loans Company. The maximum student loan is £6,000 for teacher training with e-Qualitas. You may be eligible for a maintenance grant to cover living costs while you undertake initial teacher training.
Salary This is a salaried position (U/Q1 -£21,004)
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.
GCSE - We give priority to applicants who have at least grade B in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
Degree - We give priority to applicants who have at least a 2.1 honours degree. Applicants with a 2.2 honours degree plus a master's degree are also given priority.
If your degree is lower than a 2.1, you must explain why and demonstrate that you have the academic potential to become an excellent teacher and to work at master's level in the academic element of the course.
Overseas qualifcations must be checked for UK equivalence by NARIC.
We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:
- Subject knowledge
- Motivation to become the best teacher possible
- Ability to analyse and learn from experience, and to act on feedback.
- Creativity and imagination.
- Capacity for hard work
- Good organisational skills
- Empathy and a liking for young people.
- Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.
If your degree is not in the subject you are applying to teach, you need to explain how you have degree-level expertise in the subject.
If you do not meet the GCSE requirement, you can do an equivalence test. eQ recognises the tests offered by Equivalency Testing (<a href=http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk>www.equivalencytesting.co.uk</a>).
We do not accept adult literacy and adult numeracy as equivalent to GCSE, nor do we accept GCSE English Literature instead of GCSE English.
Other qualifications and experience - Successful applicants should have some in-school experience eg from school visits and voluntary work.
About the training provider
The Holy Cross School, founded in 1931 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, is a voluntary aided
Roman Catholic School for girls aged 11-18. At Key Stage 5 the school has worked in curriculum partnership with our local boys school, Richard Challoner School, for the past thirty years, and
post 16 lessons are co-ed. The school converted to academy status in August 2012. With 960 students currently on roll and over 100 staff employed, the school is proud to be acknowledged as
being in the top 0.5% of all schools nationally for progress made from Year 7 to 11.
The Holy Cross School can offer you the opportunity to work in an outstanding school environment with well-behaved, motivated students who are keen to learn and where your professional development will be fully supported. In 2017 the school was awarded 'World Class
Schools' accreditation, a quality mark given to secondary schools already judged outstanding by Ofsted who have moved beyond this judgement.
About the accredited body
You work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently. This is complemented by a placement of about 6 weeks' teaching in another school plus various other visits. Your study is based on the distance learning resources on the eQ virtual learning environment (VLE). Training sessions are provided by experienced school staff, and you attend some training days run by eQ (up to about 10 days, mostly held in a venue in central London). You also have a subject-specialist visiting tutor from eQ.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Schools generally have good disability access to their site. Check this with the school prior to your visit and interview, if you are shortlisted.
Also contact the eQ office for a discussion of your needs if they are not related to mobility so that we can identify what additional support might be appropriate for you.
All trainee teachers must also meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental health. In practice, few health problems preclude applicants from teaching, and so we welcome applications from people with disabilities.
More information - Further advice on any aspect of the entry requirements and teacher training with e-Qualitas is available from the Programme Director at the e-Qualitas office.
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The Holy Cross School
25 Sandal Road, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5AR
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