About the course
St Mary's and The Sheffield SCITT are committed to providing quality first teacher training. We continually develop and review our programme of study to make it current and relevant.
This course will entail 4 days in school. During time in school you will be guided by an experienced mentor.
One day per week you will join other teacher trainees to be trained on aspects such as how to walk and talk like a teacher, plan lessons effectively, behaviour management and how to really stretch and challenge students.
You will spend September to December in your ‘Home School’. From December to Easter you will have the opportunity to experience life in a contrasting secondary school. From Easter to the end of the programme you will return to your initial school.
The interview process for the us involves a formal interview, questions from a subject specialist and a 15 minute teaching activity.
We also ask you to sit mock numeracy and literacy papers to help us identify if you will need support before you start your ITT course.
We also ask you to reflect on your teaching activity
How school placements work
You will spend most of the training year in your Home School and these schools are central to the selection process and our school based interview system. You can express a preference for your Home School based on location, preference for the type of school or a personal connection to a community you want to serve but we cannot guarantee to meet everyone's preference.
There is also a short alternative placement in a contrasting alliance school in the middle of the training year and a brief experience in the phase (primary or secondary) you are not training to teach in. It would be sensible for trainees to base themselves within commutable distance of their Home School so these are finalised with you before the summer holidays to allow you to arrange your accommodation. We make every attempt to make sure the alternative placement school is in an accessible location but it may involve a few weeks of travelling further to get that all important contrasting experience in the right school for you.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.
If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is
- Term 1 : £2,000
- Term 2 : £2,000
- Term 3 : £3,850
With each amount being due on the first day of each term.
You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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.
Financial support from the training provider
We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees. However,
- We will support you with the Student Finance Application process.
- We will keep you informed as to whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.
- We will also make you aware of any national scholarships that may be available for the subject you are training to teach.
- We offer free membership to the Westfield Foresight Health plan to assist you with the cost of dental, ophthalmic and other treatments.
In order to be considered for the Sheffield SCITT. You would need
- A relevant degree - if you do not have a relevant degree you will need to have an A level in the subject you want to teach.
- GCSE grade C or 4 or above in Maths and English.
We are looking for the next generation of outstanding teachers and future school leaders. They will be passionate about children and education but also care about our schools and the communities they serve and the special ethos each of those schools have.
They will have experience of working with young people - ideally some of this will be school based giving them a good awareness of how schools operate and teachers work. Whatever their experience our applicants need to demonstrate how they have engaged, communicated with and inspired the young people they have worked with
You will need to pass an Enhanced Criminal Record Check. Ideally you will have some experience working with children in a school or another organisation e.g. nursery, playgroups, scouts etc.
As we are not allowed to hold a Tier 4 Sponsorship licence you will need to be either a UK, European Economic Area or Swiss citizen
About the training provider
St Mary's is a high performing Catholic secondary school in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. St Mary's is rated Ofsted outstanding, achieving consistently high results and outcomes thanks to a highly skilled, consistent and committed staff.
We thrive on hard work and the mutual respect between staff, students and families. Our long tradition of high standards of performance and behaviour gives us an excellent reputation amongst the local community and the wider educational community. We are proud to offer School Direct teacher training programmes of the highest standard in partnership with The Sheffield SCITT.
We have been offering School Direct programmes since they began and have consistently developed students into good or outstanding practitioners at the end of their course.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our aim is to meet the unique needs of every trainee, specifically by taking reasonable steps to ensure that disabled trainees and applicants are not put at a substantial disadvantage by comparison with trainees and applicants who are not disabled.
We cannot do this unless we know you have a disability. We encourage all our applicants to discuss their requirements with us at interview. While disabled access to our schools is good we can only place trainees at the most suitable school to meet their needs if we know what those needs are.
In addition to one to one support from your mentors and subject leaders we currently offer all our trainees access to free basic membership of the Westfield Health Foresight scheme which provides various benefits.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
Green Ln, Dronfield S18 2FZ
Upper Lumsdale, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5NA
Ralph Road, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 3PU
St Mary's Catholic High School
Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield S41 8AG
Doe Hill Ln, , Alfreton DE55 5LZ
Tupton Hall School
Station New Road, Old Tupton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S42 6LG
Support and advice
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