About the course
You will join Partnership London SCITT's programme with full access to all services and facilities. You will benefit from the world-class expertise and research profile of our team. You are supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring and will spend a minimum of 120 days in school, divided into three assessment phases. This will give you an opportunity to gain experience in contrasting educational settings
The programme covers your chosen National Curriculum subject in detail as well as providing opportunities to learn about professional issues and research in education. You will benefit from an approach to teacher education that puts creative, inclusive and reflective practice at the heart of our programmes.
This programme will give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the National Curriculum for your chosen subject.
It offers a balance of theory and practice, including the opportunity to understand the historical forces and ideas that have shaped today's curriculum. You're taught to appreciate a wide range of teaching approaches and we deal in detail with the planning and evaluation of lessons, assessment, marking and examination syllabuses.
Professional Studies and Subject Development Sessions
These will take place on a weekly basis throughout your training and will cover the key issues both in the classroom and those wider issues of professional responsibility and professional conduct.
In addition to the subject development and professional studies sessions you will also have a mentor who you will meet with on a weekly basis for review, reflection and target setting.
PGCE Accreditation with Sussex University - this is optional and a fee will be charged to the trainee.
The PGCE in pedagogy and practice is awarded by Sussex University. The course structure is a three-fold assessment through a 6000 word essay, presentation of directed tasks and portfolio evidence presented orally towards the end of the course. There will be support from the university as well as from PLS and this is an ideal way to gain PGCE for those wishing to have that academic award in addition to QTS.
You will be interviewed by a Partnership London SCITT director and a subject specialist. In order for your application to be considered you should consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process.
We require two references one of which will be an academic reference. If you completed your studies more than five years ago your employer should provide your first reference.
We will interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer of training. If you are invited to interview, we expect knowledge of key aspects of education and excellent subject knowledge.
The interview process will include
• Teaching a short lesson
• Written tasks
• A formal interview
You will be assessed on your ability to communicate clearly and engage the audience.
All teachers need to be able to write English clearly without errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar because this is part of the job. Therefore there will be a literacy written task as part of the selection process as well as a subject related written task.
The interview will assess you on the following criteria:-
• Appropriateness of subject qualifications
• Capacity to expand subject knowledge
• Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher
• Any teaching or school based experience
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Enthusiasm for, and commitment to teaching
• Self-awareness of both strengths and areas to improve
How school placements work
The training model is very much rooted in the philosophy of our mission statement, viewing all as life-long learners.
We find the following definition of pedagogy useful:-
Pedagogy is the act of teaching together with its attendant discourse. It is what one needs to know, and the skills one needs to command in order to make and justify the many different kinds of decisions of which teaching is constituted (Alexander 2003)
You will have two teaching placements in contrasting schools covering at least two different key stages.
The training will follow what is commonly referred to as an ABA model. The second placement (B) is six weeks and takes place in the spring term.
Therefore most of the training year will be spent in your main placement school (A), allowing you to get to know the systems, students and staff.
You will get weekly input on subject pedagogy as well as professional studies. These sessions will be delivered by very experienced practicing teachers, a key part of our training model.
Trainee teachers are paid according to the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale and the location of the employing school. The minimum you can expect to be paid is point 1 on the scale.
To get an idea of the pay you can expect, please click on the link - (https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/uploads/assets/uploaded/48e500c4-2404-4ee5-8b8588916a973a50.pdf) - The pay scales for 2019-20 have not yet been published.
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.
Students must have an honours degree, usually at a minimum of 2:2 (or equivalent)
The student can demonstrate a relationship between their first/higher degree content or other academic/professional qualifications that they might hold and the subject they will be teaching in.
Where PLS deem it necessary, a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE) may also be required. This will be indicated if a conditional offer is made.
Candidates must hold a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in Mathematics and English for secondary teacher training and a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in Mathematics, English and Science for primary teacher training.
Enthusiasm for teaching
Positive attitudes to young people and their education
Understanding of the importance of establishing respectful, supportive and constructive relationships
Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in standard spoken and written English
Ability to reflect critically and creatively
A good sense of humour
Evidence of wider educational reading and knowledge of key issues facing today's educators
A sense of the scope of teachers' professional skills and responsibilities
Understanding ‘Fundamental British - Values’ and its importance to all aspects of teaching
Awareness of key safeguarding issues
Commitment to inclusion and equal opportunity
A strong work ethic
A NARIC statement of comparability should be provided for non UK GCSE and degree level qualifications.
QTS Skills tests
Skills tests in numeracy and literacy must be passed prior to the course starting.
DBS and Medical
PLS places are offered conditionally subject to successful DBS check
Successful applicants will also be required to complete a health questionnaire to ensure that they have the health and physical capacity to teach without putting young people at risk.
Failure to complete this questionnaire or any trainee deemed being unfit to teach will result in any offer of a place being withdrawn.
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