About the course
As a school based provider of primary initial teacher training, the 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. At the start of the course, trainees spend three days a week in their placement school and attend core training for the other two; as the course develops, four days a week are spent in school with one day in core training. 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. From 2019, trainees will have a choice of attending core training in either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds, and the course will lead to the award of both QTS and PGCE (subject to validation). For further details please follow the link to (https://ctsnscitt.info).
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 and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.
How school placements work
We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home address. You will spend the first and third terms in your 'home' school, and are placed in a contrasting school for part of the spring term.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
£9,000, often covered with a student loan. For many subjects generous training bursaries are also available. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
As a trainee in a 'high priority subject', Unity Schools Partnership will offer a one year NQT contract for those trainees who achieve 'Outstanding' on completion of the course.
In common with all initial teacher training courses, you would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Usually, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a degree in a non-related subject but have significant work experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach may also be considered. Also, you would need to have a GCSE Mathematics, English and Science (Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent .
We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.
*A pass mark for the professional skills test in numeracy and literacy prior to starting the course;
*Fully Enhanced DBS
*Classroom Experience is desirable but not essential
About the training provider
Can you remember a truly brilliant teacher from school who made a real difference to your life? As a teacher you can use your knowledge and passion for your subject to help children unlock capabilities and talents that they didn’t even know they had.
Unity Schools Partnership is a partnership of schools located on the Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire borders. We share the same values, face similar issues and are geographically close enough to support and challenge each other.
We train the Best Teachers in Suffolk and for Suffolk. If you gain 'Outstanding' when you qualify with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) we will offer you a NQT contract within the Unity Schools Partnership.
About the accredited body
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;
- Wide range of placement schools
- Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
- All tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
- salaried routes available, leading to QTS
- other routes will lead to QTS plus PGCE (*subject to validation).
Please see ctsn.scitt.info for more information.
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 have an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
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