About the course
You will be based in a school 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 draw up a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers, other teaching experiences and training activities leading to delivering whole class.
Throughout the year you will have one day per week at the 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 with other subject specialist trainees.
By the end of the training year you will be fully equipped to deliver your subject from Year 7 pupils to Year 11 including the GCSE specification.
In order to gain Qualified Teach er 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 be invited to an interview by a small panel comprising a Partnership tutor and a senior colleague from one of our partner schools.
You will be expected to answer a range of questions which are designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.
You will need to bring to interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of 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 partnership interview you will be offered a place.
If you accept, you will be recommended to a partner school as a prospective trainee.
When a school is confirmed as the host school you should expect to be interviewed by the school, following its recruitment and selection processes.
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.
Formal offers of SCITT places will be made by Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and not by individual schools.
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 11-16 age range but some of our schools do have 6th forms which obviously enhances your training opportunity.
You will spend most of the year in one school with a second experience in a contrasting school (usually Christmas to February half term).
We try to take into consideration the location of our trainees and their placement schools to assist in their daily commute.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £22,000
- a bursary of £20,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths 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 how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
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 Bachelors degree or equivalent
- A NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas
For Secondary, degrees are usually, though not exclusively, relevant to the subjects to be taught. We may request you undertake an SKE course to increase your subject knowledge.
A commitment to teaching and learning
Understanding of children as learners
A clear educational philosophy
Understanding of educational issues
A knowledge/understanding of the subject specialism within the curriculum
A satisfactory standard of written/spoken English
Ability to use ICT, establish effective working relationships and take responsibility for own professional development
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)
Recent experience of your subject in a secondary school or of the National Curriculum in a primary school.
Before starting on the course you will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
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
We are a well-respected, established provider and have trained over 650 teachers since 2003, rated 'Good' from Ofsted in 2015. Since our last inspection, we have implemented and embedded several initiatives;
Workload reduction in assessment
Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme
Extended links with further schools for placements
Increased School Direct partners
Trainees benefit from experienced school mentors, supporting you on a daily basis running alongside highly regarded tutors and core team ensuring your training is positive and successful.
Listen to what our trainees say about us on our website under testimonials. Many of our past trainees are still known to us, pursuing successful careers locally. Many make rapid progress through their careers and hold positions of responsibility, some returning as mentors for trainees, fully understanding the journey you will be undertaking. Headteachers often contact us about employment.
Our moderation report (2019) said…
4.2 ….trainees praised the dedication and responsiveness of the SCITT central team – …. “they are on it”; they clearly value and appreciate the care shown towards them and the commitment to maintaining good lines of communication …
Trainees are placed in a range of local schools ensuring a real diverse mix, catering for trainees as far as location, strengths, needs and skills.
We pride ourselves on providing training and support of the highest quality.
We offer the option of either Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS) or QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and all schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.
Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as a provider of school-based teacher training and have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.
Our programme effectively begins from the moment you engage with us. We will guide you every step of the way from application to the completion of your first year of employment and beyond.
We take trainee welfare extremely seriously and within our programme consideration is given to workload and well-being, which is embedded into our programme. We have introduced a Mental Health and Wellbeing programme in 2019 to support our trainees through their training in terms of Employee Healthcare, Mindfulness, peer and Mental First Aid support sessions and a whole dedicated to trainee teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Our training enables us to deal with and remove barriers to learning. We have supported many trainees with a range of learning and physical needs and again have examples of trainees who have chosen to discuss these with us and have barriers removed to enable them to complete their teacher training.
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