About the course
This programme is full time and runs from September until the end of June.
The programme is divided into three stages all of which are delivered in the school setting:
Stage 1, from September to just before Christmas, includes an initial focus on both professional learning and subject knowledge/pedagogy and a placement in your first school which builds from two to four days a week.
Stage 2, from Christmas to March, includes further professional learning and subject studies and then a full time teaching placement in your second school.
Stage 3, from March to June, your placement in your second school resumes culminating in a 70% teaching timetable alongside additional student focussed activity. An enrichment block follows this placement with the opportunity to extend experience to a very different setting. Further professional learning days (about 5 in total) occur in the middle and end of this placement. This professional learning will include preparation and transition to employment.
Other enrichment opportunities are scheduled in March, focussing on key national priorities for example phonics teaching in primary school.
During the year and in teaching placements, trainees will be supported by school mentors and lead mentor. These are all experienced and current classroom practitioners.
Senior staff from partnership schools will be involved in the selection process.
Interviews will be based in a school within the Alliance and will consist of a number of different elements. These will include working with a teacher and students in a classroom, a group discussion, a written task and a formal interview.
Through this process we assess applicants' knowledge of the teaching profession and their communication skills.
How school placements work
The programme includes two main teaching placements in partner schools which offer contrasting experiences of working with children of all abilities. These two main placements will each cover half of the chosen age range.
In addition to the main placements, School Direct trainees will have access to a breadth and diversity of educational settings participating in several training days based in various schools across the Alliance.
A requirement of our 'Salaried Route', is that applicants have the support of a school who will both support their training and be willing to pay a salary on the Unsalaried Teachers' Pay Spine. The exact salary would be in negotiation with the sponsoring school.
This route is aimed at those already working in schools (for example a Teaching Assistant) and applicants who have the full support of their school.
The course fees are covered by the DFE, so there is no cost to the applicant.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade C or above. (Leeds Trinity University offers its own internal Mathematics test to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have GCSE Maths.)
Successful completion of professional skills tests for trainee teachers.
A degree in any national curriculum or relevant subject preferably at 2:2 or above.
In addition to the above requirements, all applicants must meet the statutory requirements relating to DBS, medical and skills tests.
We are seeking to recruit future trainees with the ability and ambition to become highly skilled specialists in Primary or Foundation Stage education.
They will have a passion for teaching and for working with the diverse groups of children in schools across the Alliance.
We expect trainees to have an understanding of the key issues relating to teaching and learning in Primary education and to be able to reflect on their period of observation within their personal statement.
Successful completion of the professional skills tests prior to application will be an advantage.
About the training provider
Northern Lights has designed an exciting programme, throughout which trainees benefit from the very best “hands on” training and high quality professional development delivered by experienced members of staff from our Alliance schools. Our partner primary schools are located in clusters across rural North Yorkshire, the spa town of Harrogate, and the vibrant city of Bradford. Trainees will have the opportunity to express a preference for the geographical location of their training at interview.
In schools, trainees will work alongside, and learn from, highly skilled colleagues keen to share their knowledge, skills and understanding. The will come together periodically throughout the year for the subject and professional studies. These sessions will offer relevant, practical and up to date guidance for the classroom, whilst encouraging trainees to become reflective practitioners committed to improving teaching and learning in our schools.
Northern Lights SCITT will develop thinking, reflective, and brave teachers who will place the welfare and progress of their students at the centre of their practice. Trainees who successfully complete the course will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. As an integral part of the course, trainees will study Masters’ level modules which will lead to a PGCE and can be used as 60 credits towards an MA from Leeds Trinity University.
The Northern Lights ethos of reflective and collaborative professional development will seek to support our newly qualified teachers as they build their careers and move into leadership roles
Training with disabilities and other needs
Northern Lights SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief or socio-economic class.
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Gargrave Road, Skipton BD23 1QL
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