About the course
Candidates will be trained in schools which have finely developed systems in place to nurture development of the whole teacher and equip that trainee teacher with the skills required to meet the professional standards.
Each successful candidate is placed in a school for the majority of the placement and the training will be provided by expert practitioners. A dedicated Professional Studies programme takes place each week in the placement school. In the spring term, there is a six-week second placement in a contrasting school setting usually one of the partnership schools.
The Interview process will involve an observation of the candidate teaching a class for 30 minutes with advance notice of the topic, year group and ability of the children that they will be teaching. There will be a written exercise, and a panel interview lasting 30 minutes.
How school placements work
Trainees spend the majority of their year in a single school, but also complete a six-week placement in a contrasting school in January and February. All schools that form part of the Plume Community Teaching Partnership are judged at least as ‘Good’ and are within a twenty minute drive of the Lead School, Plume Academy.
The Partnership offers ample opportunity for trainees to gain experience of 11-16 and 11-18 teaching.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
£9000 QTS + PGCE
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £17,000
- a bursary of £15,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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.
Candidates should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or 2:1 degree, although we are willing to consider applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.
TES Institute can offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement in shortage subjects which can be acquired before taking up a trainee post, if offered. This would be a pre-requisite, for example, for someone who wished to train as a Maths teacher but had an accountancy degree.
All candidates must have passed English and Maths at GCSE at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
We are looking for innovative trainee teachers with a passion for working with children and a passion for their subject who will create in our pupils an appetite for learning, regardless of their ability. This will usually be demonstrated by previous work experience in schools but might also encompass other settings where working with children from 11-18 has been a consistent aspect of the potential trainee's life.
About the training provider
The Plume Community Teaching Partnership consists of a consortium of schools in South Essex, all within a twenty minute drive of the Lead School, Plume Academy in Maldon.
Working together, we are committed to providing excellent teacher training in primary and secondary placements, developing outstanding teacher practice and supporting aspirant future leaders. Candidates must have a desire to work with young people, a passion for their subject and a commitment to raising pupil achievement.
As part of our successful ITT programme, candidates will receive excellent training from experienced staff working in association with TES Institute.
The unique blended learning programme combines school based training and online learning materials facilitated by a network of experienced subject specialists. The training experience is also further enhanced through the organization of a number of visits to other educational establishments, such as special schools, primary schools and schools in an urban environment.
We celebrate the quality of teaching and learning which takes place across the partnership. This provides excellent role models from within the teaching staff and opportunities to observe outstanding teaching. The pupils in these schools are a credit to each individual school and enjoy good relationships with their teachers to create a positive environment for learning. Each school aspires to engender an 'appetite for learning' within its pupil community, both in the classroom and within the range of extra-curricular activities it provides.
About the accredited body
The partnership provides a tailored school based training experience with TES Institute. The TES Institute has a reputation for innovative on-line learning materials, especially in shortage subjects. It is also renowned for the quality of its Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses.
Each school provides a fully trained Mentor for each trainee, supported by a Pathway Tutor from TES Institute who visits each half-term to monitor progress and to Quality Assure the programme. Successful candidates can choose to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or a PGCE.
Training with disabilities and other needs
TES Institute and Plume Community Teaching Partnership are committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. We support and enable students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in TES Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies.
TES Institute will:
• Encourage applications from people with disabilities
• Seek to provide information in suitable formats
• Assess applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of their academic potential and suitability to train to teach
• Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact TES Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated
• Provide additional support or resources at application to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable
• Offer additional provision to ensure no disadvantage compared with other applicants
• Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required
• Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed
• Provide educational support services as appropriate for eligible students
• Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies
• Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at TES Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff where required
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Plume Community Teaching Partnership
Plume School - Lead School, Fambridge Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 6AB
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