About the course
NELTA is committed to delivering a comprehensive and bespoke training experience and supporting the development of the next generation of teachers and school leaders.
This is an innovative approach to teacher training delivered and supported by outstanding teachers and school leaders with current and relevant experience. This programme is highly supportive of the realities of the modern classroom.
You will spend the majority of your training in local schools. There are two school placements each lasting approximately 15 weeks. You will gradually be introduced to teaching; spending some time observing lessons, working with small groups and individuals in the classroom, leading activities, team teaching and then building up to about 10 hours of whole class teaching per week. There is a comprehensive programme of mentoring, training and support delivered by the school and NELTA. This is an 11-16 training programme although there will be pre and post phase experience as part of the training. There will be a three day primary school placement.
As well as the school-based support from your subject mentor there is also a team of dedicated tutors who will deliver training and fully support your school placement experience. You will have small group subject tutorials every Thursday afternoon followed by a facilitated teaching and learning workshop (with all trainees) from 4.15 to 5.15. There is also a programme of five ‘extended study days’ during the year which will focus on teacher training priorities such as behaviour for learning, SEND and EAL. All training sessions are held centrally at Beal High School in our bespoke NELTA training facility.
This course aims to prepare you to:
Become outstanding secondary school teachers
Become knowledgeable subject specialists who can support the leadership of curriculum development
Become good classroom managers
Become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.
You will be assessed through a combination of professional practice reports (written by your subject mentor), tutor visits to see you teach, two written assignments and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how you are meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
There is one interview which will be held at NELTA in Beal High School. You will be interviewed by two members of the NELTA tutor team.
The interview process may include some or all of the following activities:
Subject knowledge activity (set before interview day)
Delivery of a half hour teaching activity to students
Interview by panel
Subject Knowledge activity
We do not give automatic feedback to all candidates rejected at interview. This is due to the large numbers of interviews that we carry out and the additional workload involved in feeding back to candidates.
How school placements work
Most placements will be within our alliance of 14 secondary schools which includes community schools (maintained and academies), faith schools, boys and girls grammar schools and an independent school. We can also offer opportunities to complete some of your training in special schools or a 14-19 alternative provision to widen your experience of different learning environments.
All of our schools are geographically close, with most being within the London Borough of Redbridge which means that trainees can easily engage with more than one school in the partnership. We do look at home addresses and journey times when considering placements.
The age range of training is 11-16 for most course except for Business Studies and Social Sciences which are 14-18 although there is a requirement for pre and post phase experience as part of the training programme.
There are two placements each of which is approximately 15 weeks. The majority of the time will be spent in school with NELTA based training from 2.15 pm every Thursday. There are also five extended study days throughout the year.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Usually a minimum 2:2 degree (usually including at least 50% of the content in the subject you wish to teach) or a qualification recognised as equivalent. Candidates with other classifications may be considered if it is judged that your experience in other areas compensates.
Minimum GCSE grade C (4) in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. Where you do not have these qualifications, you will have to sit a GCSE equivalency test which NELTA can administer and mark.
If English is not your first language you will have to demonstrate a satisfactory level of English language proficiency.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. You need to want to make a real difference to young people’s lives. You should be resilient, have the potential to be able to communicate with an audience and be able to develop positive professional relationships with young people and colleagues. We want you to be able to continually reflect on their practice and respond positively to feedback. The best teachers are learners themselves.
We have a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults, and to ensure that they are not put at risk by trainee teachers whose previous conduct shows that they are unsuitable for access to these vulnerable groups.
Background checks will include an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a requirement of a place on the course.
Teaching is physically and mentally demanding, and there are ‘fitness’ requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. This does not however preclude disabled people from pursuing a programme of study or a career in teaching.
About the training provider
North East London Teaching Alliance (NELTA) is a large teaching school alliance of 20 schools. Beal High School is the lead school.
We are passionate about developing the next generation of teachers and school leaders. Teachers and leaders who will ensure an outstanding educational future for all pupils irrespective of background or ability.
Working with our alliance you can expect:
- Guidance from an experienced school based mentor and provider tutor
- Very well established support programmes
- Access to a wide network of schools including community secondary, primary, independent, grammar and special education
- Professional development opportunities beyond your training year focused on outstanding teaching and leadership
NELTA, which spans Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Newham and beyond, we offer opportunities to work in a range of different socio-economic areas. Working in a partnership which includes independent schools, boys' and girls' grammar schools, faith schools, comprehensive schools and special schools means you will have access to a broad range of training experiences which will give you the opportunity to you develop your practice in a variety of different settings.
We offer teacher training places for both the tuition fee and salaried routes to Qualified Teacher Status.
For tuition fee routes routes we work with King’s College London, UCL and NELTA as our accredited providers.
For our salaried route the accredited provider is NELTA (the operating name of teacher training provided by the Beacon Multi-Academy Trust)
About the accredited body
We are committed to working in partnership with trainees and partner schools to provide highly trained teachers for the local community and beyond.
Weekly contact with other trainees and our programme tutors means that you will always feel fully supported.
The Ofsted inspection of our initial teacher training provision on 2017 said:
“Leaders’ ambitious vision for excellence and their aspirations for trainees are of the highest order”
“The quality of training is outstanding”
“Trainees are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of mentoring”
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting equal opportunities and disability access.
We have accommodated trainees in the past with a range of disabilities including mental health conditions, dyslexia and physical impairments.
Disability access in schools varies according to the specific training location. Please check with the relevant accredited provider or email us to discuss your needs NELTA.
At UCL School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:-
UCL Student Support
King's offer information, advice and guidance to current and prospective disabled students about support that may help them to engage with their studies. When we refer to the term “disability” we also include long-term medical or mental health conditions and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).
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