About the course
Durham SCITT primary trainees will be allocated a 'home school' but will also complete a second placement in one of the other primary partnership schools. On each placement you will be allocated a Mentor who will support and guide you through the school based training.
The centrally based training is delivered by highly skilled practitioners from our Partnership Schools as well as SCITT staff, producing highly reflective trainees with a very good understanding of how children learn. There is a strong emphasis on giving you the knowledge and understanding to secure pupils' progress in the core subjects, English, Science and Mathematics. The course will also enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of other subjects in the curriculum.
The training has been designed to reflect local and national priorities and covers a wide range of general professional subjects including Behaviour Management and Special Educational Needs.
All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements, and through a series of 3 short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.
The PGCE is accredited by University of Sunderland and assessed through 2 written assignments. The 2 PGCE training modules will be held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe.
If a trainee does not meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, but has passed the 2 PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme.
The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether or not we should invite you for interview. It is, therefore, important to include all the relevant information on the form to help us make this decision.
If you are invited to interview and have a disability, please let the Course Administrator know in advance if there are any special arrangements that should be made for the interview process, for example large print copies of documentation, additional time for reading or wheelchair access to the interview rooms.
You will be sent information about a 30 minute subject specific teaching task and we will advise which year group and how many students. The interview panel will then ask you several questions to establish your motivation for wanting to teach in your chosen subject area and some administration questions. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. After the teaching task and formal interview, you will have a timed written and numeracy activity to complete.
The formal interview panel will be made up of the HT and Subject Leader. A representative from Durham SCITT may also be present.
How school placements work
You can select your placement school on application however we do reserve the right at St Bede's to place you on site here or with one of our partner schools, depending on how many places are available at the time you apply.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
2.2 or higher honours degree (or equivalent). GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. Additional GCSE's showing a good spread of curriculum subjects and at least 2 A levels.
If your degree classification is lower second then the following additional requirements will apply:
GCSE grade 5 or above in English language. GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics and Science. Other GCSE's required showing a good spread of curriculum subjects and at least 2 A Levels at grade C or above.
Please email if you need further guidance re your qualifications before you apply.
About the training provider
By choosing to do your training at St Bede’s you will be immersed in school life from the outset, interacting with students and learning first hand from outstanding teachers. We provide an innovative initial teacher training programme which will develop all aspects of your teaching repertoire and thoroughly prepare you for your NQT year. You will practise a broad range of skills in a bespoke training programme that will aim to develop you into an outstanding practitioner from the outset.
You will be allocated a subject mentor from our staff with vast experience to support you through the year. These outstanding classroom practitioners will introduce you to school life and help you to learn how to teach your subject and also provide you with regular feedback and guidance to improve.
St Bede’s works closely with Durham SCITT (School Centre Initial Teacher Training).
You will also complete a Primary placement and Placement B at a chosen Secondary School.
By choosing to train with St Bede’s, you will be working with other enthusiastic and talented trainees as well as outstanding staff.
About the accredited body
Durham SCITT has been training teachers since 2005 and ensures a personal approach is given to trainees making it a great place to learn. They will help you to grow and become a great teacher. The Subject Specialist programme (SSP) was recognised by Ofsted as outstanding and highly innovative practice.
Trainees have access to the purpose built learning centre in Newton Aycliffe - it ensures you get off to the best start in you career. As part of the evolution of ITT, Durham SCITT has grown, developing new partnerships and embracing the challenge of training teachers for the 21st century.
Training with disabilities and other needs
St Bede's Catholic School & Sixth Form College strives to ensure that their provision does not place applicants with declared disabilities at a disadvantage. We make anticipatory adjustments to promote positive equality of access for disabled applicants, including access to benefits, facilities and services. We provide as many opportunities as possible for applicants to identify any special arrangements they may require, for example when inviting them for interview and continue to provide this level of care throughout their journey with us.
We also ensure timely risk assessments are carried out to meet the needs of the individual.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Lingey House Primary School
Millford, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE10 8DN
St Mary's Primary School
Pemberton Road, Blackhill, Consett, Co Durham DH8 8JN
St Patrick's RC Primary School
North Road, Flint Hill, Dipton, Stanley DH9 9BB
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