About the course
Our part-time course requires trainees to be in school for three days per week across just four terms, giving flexibility to tuition-fee trainees. You could be employed (away from the programme and your training) for the other two days in the week, easing the financial pressures of full-time training. Please note that the part time nature of this programme refers to the number of days per week you will be training. Trainees are required to be in school for the full day on their training days (typically 8am–5pm) and are likely to have additional work to complete, e.g. at the weekend.
From day one, you'll be regarded as a teacher in your placement school. However, your teaching timetable will develop and grow to suit your own experience, pace and progress. By way of guidance, it is normal for the first three weeks to be observations so that you become familiar with the class you'll be assigned. You would then normally take parts of lessons (starters, plenary, demonstrations etc.) for a further three weeks to nurture you into the teaching and learning experience. Normally a student teacher would be lead teaching up to 2-4 hours a week before October half term. The proportion of lead teaching would then increase gradually each week until you are teaching 80% of the time you spend in school.
As with our full-time course, the majority of training time takes place in the classroom where you will learn from experienced teachers, including your personal mentor. All primary trainees choose to teach in Early Years, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2, with a contrasting second placement, but the qualification remains the same: General Primary Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Please note that the part-time route will not lead to a PGCE.
You will receive two forms of training sessions:
- Professional Studies develop the skills associated with being an outstanding teacher, from planning to assessing, supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to effectively managing behaviour.
- Subject Studies explore strategies for teaching all the subjects taught at primary level from Early Year to Year 6.
You can expect a wide range of support throughout the year. Your school mentor will be responsible for you on a daily basis and the mentors are supported in school by a nominated Professional Tutor. Link tutors will visit you on placement to quality assure your experience.
If called to one of our selection days, you will be sent full information via email. The selection days are an opportunity for us to get to know you but also for you to find out more about us and the course.
The selection day includes the following:
• A presentation from us to you about the course
• A tour of the school hosting the day
• A 20 minute task with a group of 8 children
• A 5 minute presentation (the topic will be shared in advance)
• An unseen written task
• An interview
How school placements work
The part-time course is a four-term course, starting in September. In the first two terms terms, (September – April), you will be based in one school for two days a week, receiving training alongside full-time trainees on a third day (Friday). Although the three days must remain the same for the whole year, only the Friday is set by the Tommy Flowers SCITT. You will have the flexibility to agree the other two days with your placement school. In the third term (April to July), you will move to a different school and key stage for three days per week. In the fourth and final term (September – December), you will move back to your original placement school for three days per week. You will have the opportunity to carry out additional visits to ‘specialist’ schools, developing skills specific to your needs throughout the course. This enables you to experience a range of educational approaches and work with the unique, dynamic and diverse communities that Milton Keynes has to offer.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The course fees are as follows:
Year 1 (September to July): £6,500
Year 2 (September to December): £4,500
You may 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
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Tuition fee loans
You can either pay for your fees out of private finance, or apply for a student loan from Student Finance England.
Depending on your personal financial circumstances, you may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to contribute towards your costs of living. This is means-tested and will be completely individualised to each applicant. This is paid termly, at the start of each term, by Student Finance England.
There are further avenues of funding available, such as Childcare Grants, Parents’ Learning Allowances or Disabled Students’ Allowances.
Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. All grants and bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support, tuition fee loan and maintenance grant information.
You must hold a bachelor’s honours degree (class 2:2 or above) from a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI), or an equivalent qualification.
English, Maths and Science GCSEs or equivalent qualifications at grade C/4 or above.
Applicants for our courses come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have a variety of prior experiences. Many applicants are recent or soon-to-be graduates from university, whilst others have been working in schools already, perhaps as teaching assistants, volunteers or office staff. For some applicants, they have already had a successful career in other industries and are looking for a career change, realising that teaching is rewarding and that they can make a significant difference to the lives of children.
Applicants should be organised, reflective and professional, able to work with others and have strong subject knowledge.
A DBS check will be carried out after interview.
Ideally, you would have some experience in a primary school. This could be voluntary work or employment, for example as a Teaching Assistant. It is good practice for this to be in place before you apply for a place on the course.
NARIC certification of equivalency will be required if qualifications have been undertaken abroad.
About the training provider
Graded an ‘outstanding’ provider of primary and secondary teacher training in Milton Keynes by Ofsted in December 2017, the Tommy Flowers SCITT is pleased to share with you our exemplary training programmes and superb outcomes.
Working in partnership with schools across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, our teacher training programmes provide access to outstanding training, mentoring and pastoral care. We create varied experiences for our trainees that will set them up to be excellent teachers for the children of Milton Keynes. We aim to nurture trainees into exceptional teachers who develop positive attitudes to learning and behaviour in their pupils, have strong subject and professional knowledge and engage their classes with enthusiasm and energy. With a 100% employment rate following completion of the course, our Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), ‘often exceed levels of performance expected at such an early stage of their career.’ (Ofsted 2017).
If you have a passion for teaching, are organised and hard-working, please explore our courses further and contact us to find out more about studying with the Tommy Flowers SCITT.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Disability access and Child care arrangements vary across the alliance schools and this will depend on which school becomes your base school for your main placement. There are avenues of funding available, such as Childcare Grants, Parents’ Learning Allowances or Disabled Students’ Allowances. Trainees with disabilities will have a needs analysis completed so that the support required can be put in place. We work in partnership with Northumbria University to ensure that needs are met across the teacher training and PGCE elements of the course.
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Denbigh Sch, Burchard Cres, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK5 6EX
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