About the course
You will be based at Heckmondwike Grammar School or one of our partner schools four days a week from the start of term in September. Working alongside your subject mentor, you will identify your current level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that we will draw up a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers, other teaching experiences and training activities leading to delivering whole class lessons.
Throughout the year you will have one day per week at the Kirklees and Calderdale central training base in Heckmondwike (or visiting schools, colleges or other educational establishments). The programme is extremely diverse, from theoretical input to observing Sensory Rooms in local Special Schools and Voice Projection workshops. Our trainees have also benefited from our Mindfulness and Yoga sessions to support their personal well-being.
You will also benefit from 10 additional Subject-Specific Training days which will give you the opportunity to further enhance your subject knowledge alongside other subject specialist trainees.
By the end of the training year you will be fully equipped to deliver your subject to students from Year 7 to Year 11, including the GCSE specification. You will also have experience of 6th form teaching.
In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you have to be judged competent against the Teacher Standards
For Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT this involves:
- 3 Evidence Bundles (these are training activities which focus on a group of standards)
- 2 Assignments (these form the concluding part of the Evidence Bundle)
- Tutor visit reports - your tutor will visit you half-termly
- 3 Periodic Reports - your school will write a report at the end of each term
If you are selected for interview, you will be asked to prepare a task to bring to your interview and should expect to undertake a written task on the day. You will also be asked to teach a small group of pupils for 20 minutes on a subject of your choice.
You will be invited to an interview by a small panel comprising the Deputy Head, Staff Development Coordinator and a Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT representative.
You will be expected to answer a range of questions which are designed to explore your personal qualities, your potential as a teacher and to ensure you meet the course criteria.
You will need to bring to interview the original certificates for all qualifications and proof of your identity.
You will be asked to complete a short exercise to demonstrate your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
If you are successful at the interview you will be offered a place. You will usually be told where your main placement will be at that time, along with any specific additional conditions to your offer.
Before commencing the programme, you will sign a contract between you, the host school and the Partnership.
You will have had a satisfactory criminal background check and all other requisite checks will be carried out.
How school placements work
You will be placed in a school which we feel will fully support you in your subject specialism.
You are training to teach the 11-16 age range but Heckmondwike Grammar School does have a 6th Form which obviously enhances your training, providing opportunity to experience education in the 16-18 age range.
You will spend most of the year in one school with a second experience in a contrasting school (usually Christmas to February half term).
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The course fees for this year are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,500
EU students £7,500
We offer 2 options:
- £7500 for Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS)
- £9000 for QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.
All qualifications must be gained by the start of the course. We will consider applications from people who are finishing a qualification but any offer would be fully subject to the successful completion of relevant qualifications.
- GCSE Maths and English at least Grade C/4 or equivalent
- A UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- A NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas
For Secondary teaching, degrees are usually, though not exclusively, relevant to the subjects to be taught. We may request you undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to increase your subject knowledge.
- A commitment to teaching and learning
- An understanding of children as learners
- A clear educational philosophy
- An understanding of current educational issues
- A knowledge/understanding of the subject specialism within the curriculum
- A satisfactory standard of written/spoken English
- The ability to use ICT, establish effective working relationships and take responsibility for own professional development
- An understanding of the demands of this school-based route into teaching
You should demonstrate that you have recent experience working with primary or secondary-age children (relevant to the phase of your application) in some context.
Before starting on the course you will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Failure to pass these means you are not able to be accepted, even with an offer of a place.
You will also be subject to the following checks:
Health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, DBS check, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration.
About the training provider
Heckmondwike Grammar School is a mixed, selective Academy of over 1500 pupils including 600 in the sixth form. It is a fantastic place to work and learn. A school should be judged not only on it's examination results or it's facilities but also the fitness of it's pupil's to succeed in later life. We think we serve our pupils well. More importantly so do others, including Ofsted, who judged the school to be outstanding on their last visit, and the various newspapers who regularly include us in their lists of the most high-performing schools.
HGS is a school in which pupils feel happy and safe and are challenged and supported to achieve the highest possible academic standards. They are encouraged to participate and excel in a wide range of creative, sporting and cultural fields. They develop the skills and qualities that will make them healthy, adaptable, responsible citizens of the future, and enable them to make a profound contribution.
A former training school, HGS has a long established track record of training teachers and working with HEI providers, and we recognise the benefits that trainees can offer a school. We provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT in conjunction with Huddersfield University. Our teachers are outstanding practitioners ready to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of teachers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Heckmondwike Grammar School is committed to Equality and Diversity. All schools that we place trainees in have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring that ensure trainees of all abilities are suitably catered for and supported. Where trainees have had specific needs in the past, we have taken a bespoke approach to ensure there are no barriers to learning experienced.
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