About the course
The National Modern Languages SCITT training programme will provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) both of which are nationally and internationally recognised. The PGCE will be provided by Sheffield Hallam University.
The training programme will take place in a collaborative and supportive network of schools where you will gain experience in two contrasting schools and a variety of educational settings. The National Modern Languages SCITT is in partnership with excellent schools from both the state and independent sector.
Your training has been developed in close collaboration with Modern Languages experts from schools and universities and includes ‘day school’ where we bring together all our trainees in ML for subject specialist training. The training will be delivered by our experienced classroom practitioners in collaboration with our course leader who has twenty years’ experience as a teacher and subject leader. She is also a German national who trained to teach in England. You will have the opportunity to explore your own subject knowledge away from the classroom. There are two clear strands to the programme: academic study and classroom practice.
We are confident that you will receive an excellent start to your teaching career with The National Modern Languages SCITT and that you will be well placed to gain employment. By joining a SCITT which is part of a Teaching School Alliance, you will be able to access a clear path of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for excellent trainees who become Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT), Recently Qualified Teacher (RQTs) and future Middle and Senior Leaders. This is provided through our NQT training programme, Early Career Development Programme and links with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Licensee provision for Middle and Senior Leaders. Many of these programmes provide Masters’ Level accreditation through Sheffield Hallam University which builds on the PGCE course.
The National Modern Languages SCITT will shortlist candidates using a scoring matrix and invite successful candidates for interview at one of our hub schools. The interview process will include representatives from the schools and will be a half-day to full day process. We are committed to providing a high quality experience for prospective trainees and have planned our interview days accordingly. The process may be longer than you have anticipated but the end result is that we have the best trainees training with the best schools. We will contact all successful applicants at the end of the interview day. Similarly, we will provide written feedback if we have not made an offer.
How school placements work
Each trainee will gain experience in two contrasting schools where you will be supported by a subject specific mentor in school. During the placements, there will be further training provided by the schools, University and the SCITT. Each school has a specialised programme of training put in place by a senior mentor which is designed to complement SCITT training and University academic input. Some of this will take place across phases to provide experience in the relevant Key Stages.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
A good honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a high level of fluency in at least one modern language. High fluency in English is essential. GCSE English and Maths Grade C or above or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you may need to take The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and gain an average score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills. https://www.ielts.org/what-is-ielts/ielts-introduction
The potential to be an outstanding teacher with a passion for Modern Languages with sound subject knowledge. We would welcome applicants with an understanding of educational context in England but will offer a programme of acclimatisation for those trainees who need to gain this experience. We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate good written English, personal resilience, enthusiasm, confidence, the ability to be reflective and emotional intelligence. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and demonstrate your empathy and understanding when considering how a child learns and develops cognitively.
We would advise you to spend at least 5 days observing MFL lessons in a local secondary school to gain an insight into the teaching profession.
All our hubs offer taster days, where you can observe lessons and meet staff. Your application should include all experience you have gained in an educational setting and details of any future experience you may have planned.
As you will be working with children you will be required to complete an enhanced DBS and Health check.
About the training provider
The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA) is led by Silverdale secondary school (rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted) and is part of Chorus Education Trust. Our 1-year School Direct courses run from September 2020 and provide Initial Teacher Training.
Places are available in an excellent and varied network of 60+ schools across Sheffield and the Peak District. The schools who are partnered with the Alliance offer high quality training for trainees who wish to train to teach in Primary or Secondary Phases.
As a well established Teaching School, we have a strong track record of supporting our trainees into their first jobs. Every year 80-100% of them find a job within just one month of the course. Find out more on our website
About the accredited body
The NML SCITT is the only national teacher training course solely for modern languages. With geographical hubs across England, it offers you the chance to train in a location that suits you.
It is a unique partnership between state and independent schools, offering placements during the 1-year course in both settings, to help widen your career prospects.
Founded by Silverdale School, an Ofsted-rated 'Outstanding' secondary, named Top State School of the North 2018 by the Sunday Times.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a training provider we will do everything we can to meet your needs. We work in full partnership with Sheffield Hallam University or The University of Sheffield where you are a fully enrolled student with access to all of their facilities. If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies with the university.
As a student with Sheffield Hallam University you will have access to an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments, they also run daily drop in sessions - no appointment needed. Further information can be found here
As a student at The University of Sheffield you will have full access to support if you have a disability or additional needs. Full information is available here
Additionally, we work closely with all our school partners to ensure that your needs are met whilst on placement, offering support and adaptations where necessary.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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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.
Abingdon and Oxfordshire Hub
Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1BE
Bolton School-Bolton Hub
Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4PA
Dulwich College - Dulwich Hub
Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD
Bents Crescent, Sheffield S11 9QH
Oundle School - Oundle Hub
Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4GH
Sheffield S1 1WB
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