About the course
Every aspect of the programme is aimed at developing you as a Professional. This course aims to develop your pedagogical skills and knowledge in all aspects of the relevant curriculum, ensuring you have the very best start on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher. Your studies will consider all aspects of teaching including: educational theory, behaviour management, assessment, pedagogy, pastoral care and a host of other areas specific to your teaching phase and discipline.
The programme aims to develop your skills progressively over the year. The training starts with observations of expert teachers over the first half term, progressing to you taking greater and more responsibility for classes as your confidence develops. Over the three terms you will go from observing lessons, to leading your own classes, guided and supported at every stage as you develop your skills. By the summer term you will be delivering up to 80% of an NQT's timetable fully prepared for your first job!
You will have two contrasting school placements during your training year. Each trainee teacher will have their own experienced classroom practitioner within both schools, who will be assigned as their individual mentor. A Professional Tutor responsible for school based pedagogical training will be based in all partnership schools. Central training will take place at Sacred Heart and at Newcastle University both of which provide an extremely high standard of facilities, including resources and IT provision. Each trainee will also be assigned a centrally based SCITT Tutor who will visit them in their school setting on a half termly basis and assess their progress.
As a trainee you will teach Physics to the full range of abilities across the key stages. In key stage 3 we teach experimental skills via a number of topics including electricity and space. At GCSE, pupils study Edexcel Combined or triple science, trainees will be expected to teach a GCSE class with an emphasis on the practical aspects of the course.
Trainees may also be given the opportunity to teach an A-Level class with the support of experienced staff.
How school placements work
You will spend the majority of your training year in one school placement. Here you will have the opportunity to establish yourself as part of the team within the department and the school, as well as building rapport with the students as you build up a teaching timetable. You will be supported in organising a short second school placement at another school, ensuring that the mentoring will be of equal quality.
You will begin by observing lessons, supporting the classroom teacher and you will slowly build up a teaching timetable, with free periods for reflective practise and feedback.
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 Physics 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.
You should have a UK university awarded degree or equivalent qualification. Please note, where there is high demand for a course we reserve the right to consider a 2:1 as the minimum degree class.
For Secondary phase applicants, it is essential that the degree is in the subject to be taught, or be in a related field.
It is a condition of all ITT programmes that applicants have a minimum GCSE grade C in both English and mathematics.
Pass the professional skills tests.
Whilst we would not wish to be prescriptive in the amount of experience an applicant must have spent in schools before applying, no application will be accepted where no recent, relevant experience has been gained. As a guide, 10 school 'days' may be taken as sufficient.
About the training provider
St Thomas More Catholic School has recently been judged as outstanding in all areas. The school was one of the first in England to be designated a Teaching School by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.
Our Teaching School partnership consists of a number of primary and secondary schools in the Newcastle and Gateshead area.
Each school has extensive experience of working with student teachers, and can provide excellent school placement opportunities. All schools have exceptionally good student behaviour and outstanding practice in Teaching and Learning.
We can offer you an exciting opportunity to train as a teacher, to gain valuable knowledge, skills and develop professional attributes in an outstanding school.
About the accredited body
Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT (SHNS) is a partnership of over 20 Primary and Secondary schools who are passionate about recruiting, developing and employing the very best graduates. The unique, bespoke programme blends the best of both worlds; on the job training and academic study.
As a trainee you will train and teach in two contrasting schools in the partnership. As a national course requirement, this will provide you with breadth and depth of experience and enhance your employability. You have the opportunity to see how teachers build relationships with new classes and share in the successes of students.
Training with disabilities and other needs
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Croftdale Road, Blaydon, Gateshead NE21 4BQ
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