About the course
‘Classroom ready. Classroom confident’. This is our ambition for successful applicants. Every element of our course is designed with this in mind. As a Teaching School, we are proud of our profession and want to ensure that its future is in the best of hands.
We know the best place to train is in a school and so trainees spend four days a week in class supported by a Class Mentor and Link Tutor. Each trainee completes two placements ( both a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 experience) - all in Yarrow Teaching School Alliance member schools.
One day a week is spent engaged in theory based training. Our philosophy is that regular training is more effective than blocking seminars. Attending a weekly training session means that trainees can get straight back into class and put what they have learned into practice.
Training sessions, held either in Skelmersdale (where our accreditors are based) or in Chorley, are led by a team of expert practitioners, all of whom currently practise in their field. Training is designed to develop professional knowledge of national statutory curricula and current national priorities as well as enhancing understanding of theoretical principles of teaching and pedagogy.
Assessment takes the form of weekly teaching and learning reviews each with a defined focus. Targets are set following each review for trainees to work and build on. To successfully achieve Qualified Teacher Status, trainees must demonstrate that they have met all Teacher Standards.
A compulsory element of the course is to spend some time in a school where, for many of the pupils, English is their second language.This is organised by the Teaching School as is a Key Stage 3 experience designed to promote understanding of the challenges facing children as they transition to high school. Both these experiences are in addition to the trainee's substantial Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 placements.
Trainees are expected to keep an up-to-date planning file with their planning, evaluations and lesson observations in it. In addition, a Teachers’ Standards Portfolio is to be kept and maintained containing evidence that each of the Teacher Standards has been met. Full guidance on how to do this is given as part of the induction process and in subsequent training sessions. Attendance at weekly seminars is compulsory.
Quite simply, we are looking for ambitious trainees who can demonstrate their commitment and desire to become outstanding teachers of the future and who understand the impact a teacher has on the lives of the children they teach. It is a pre-requisite that, as well as having the required academic qualifications, candidates should have the determination, enthusiasm and strength of character necessary to successfully make the transition from trainee to fully qualified, highly skilled classroom professional. In return, we promise to offer the best professional training available.
How we select
Charged with the training of teachers of the future, our selection and recruitment process is rigorous and robust. The process is led by experienced Headteachers and senior leaders of schools within Yarrow Teaching School Alliance.
The selection process involves a thorough scrutiny of application forms to check that applicants meet the academic entry requirements and have the professional entry requirements. Personal statements should demonstrate that the applicant has a clear understanding of teaching, learning, national statutory frameworks as well as having a clear desire to become an outstanding teacher.
Shortlisted candidates are then invited to interview where they will be expected to demonstrate their skills and competencies in a range of situations which will include:
Teaching a class
Pupil Panel Interview
Individual interview with a panel comprising Teaching School Leaders and Headteachers from across the Yarrow Teaching School Alliance
A literacy and numeracy test
How school placements work
Over the course of the year, trainees undertake two substantial placements in school. From September to the end of January, trainees are placed in a Key Stage 2 setting and from February to the end of June, they undertake a Key Stage 1 placement. Throughout each placement, trainees have the support of the class teacher on a day to day basis with additional input and support from a Link Tutor who will visit regularly.
All placements are secured by the Teaching School on behalf of Associate Teachers and all take place in Yarrow Teaching School Alliance member schools. All schools are easily accessible and consideration is always given to any individual's personal circumstances when placing in school.
All member schools share our belief and passion that school-based ITT training is the best route into the profession and so trainees can be assured of a warm welcome and plentiful support.
Trainees work alongside the Class Teacher in planning and delivering lessons and assessing learning. The length of each placement means that trainees not only have the opportunity to form good relationships with the children they teach but with the staff who work within the class and throughout the school. Trainees are welcomed as fellow professionals and are expected to play a meaningful role in school life - attending weekly staff meetings and INSET, carrying out break-time supervision and assisting with an extra-curricular club.
We are proud that as an Alliance of some thirty schools based in and around Chorley, we are able to offer trainees a fully rounded experience. The range and breadth of establishments within the Yarrow Teaching School Alliance ensures that all our trainees gain real insight into the provision of education from ages 3 – 16.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Fees for the course are £9 000. The Teaching School is happy to give advice about Student Finance and DfE Bursaries and to help with the application process.
All applicants should hold a first degree* of a United Kingdom higher education institution (First, Second or Third Class).
*Please note a first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF.
GCSE Grade C (or above) in English Language, Mathematics and Science* at the point of application (*please note that we consider either dual award Science or single award Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Science related qualifications such as Human Biology or Environmental Science are not considered equivalent).
We are looking for applicants who:
can inspire, motivate and challenge
can make each member of a thirty-strong class of children feel special
have drive, commitment and enthusiasm
have a desire to make a real difference to the lives of the children they teach
Some experience in a relevant setting (a nursery or a primary school, for example) is desirable but not essential.
About the training provider
Our vision is, first and foremost, to provide school-led ITT of the highest quality and we believe there is no better training ground for future teachers than in the classroom working alongside experienced professionals.
The Yarrow Teaching School Alliance is led by the Teaching School, St George’s CE Primary School, Chorley – an outstanding primary school located at the heart of the community. We have a range of schools within the Alliance – large and small, urban and rural, faith and community, a school with a Children’s Centre and schools with nurseries so ensuring a range and breadth of experience for our trainees. Importantly, we have a secondary school as a member of the Alliance so KS2 trainees can gain experience shadowing colleagues in KS3, within their specialist subject. It is our belief that if teachers are to be effective, and to offer challenge to pupils, they need to know what is coming next in their education. For teachers in key stage 2, that means understanding the demands of year 7.
In training with Yarrow Teaching School Alliance, your classroom based training would take place in schools within the Alliance where you would gain a wealth of practical experience. To complement this, you would access weekly theory based training delivered by expert practitioners.
Over the course of the year, our trainees gain the skills and experience needed to become fully qualified and highly effective teachers able to take up a post in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
About the accredited body
The Yarrow Teaching School Alliance has a close relationship with its chosen accreditor, NWSHARES SCITT, and together we work to create a training programme that is rigorous and robust and prepares teachers for the demands of the classroom. With NWSHARES SCITT, we deliver weekly theory based training to underpin your practical experience. These sessions take place either in Skelmersdale (where our accreditors are based) or in Chorley.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Yarrow Teaching School Alliance is committed to treating all applicants fairly and with respect, irrespective of their actual or assumed background, disability or any other protected characteristic.
Applicants with a disability or need such as dyslexia, a medical condition or individual need which they believe could affect their performance during the selection process should notify the Yarrow Teaching School Alliance at the point of application in order that the selection panel can make adjustments to enable them to perform at their best.
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Carr Lane, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 3JU
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