About the course
We offer a primary teacher training course aimed at the 3-7 age range, leading to the award of QTS. There is also an optional PGCE qualification with Oxford Brookes University which includes 60 credits at Masters level. All PGCE seminars take place at CVPA SCITT.
Our course consists of two core elements:
The vast majority of training takes place in schools. Our trainees spend four days a week in two different placement schools, teaching subjects across the primary phases. An experienced teacher will be allocated to a trainee as their Teacher Tutor and they will work closely alongside them during the course of each placement, showing exemplary practice and providing daily support and advice. In addition, a School-based Mentor, typically a Senior Leader, will be allocated to each trainee, offering pastoral care and support.
Trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and their progress towards these standards is reviewed at regular intervals throughout the course. A wide range of evidence is used when making judgements such as observations, half termly reports, evidence bundles and the trainees’ reflections and self-evaluations. All evidence is uploaded to an electronic portfolio system which tracks trainees’ progress, identifying strengths and areas of development.
To support the school-based training, trainees attend weekly core training sessions at the SCITT centre in High Wycombe, delivered by current and outstanding practitioners from the Partnership schools. Practical and research-based training is closely linked to the Teachers’ Standards, Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, as well as covering areas such as safeguarding, behaviour management, e-safety and well-being.
These weekly sessions, along with pre-task activities and three assignments, enable trainees to develop and consolidate a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking as well as practical techniques and strategies that can be applied to their own classroom practice. It also offers the opportunity for critical thinking and reflection, and for trainees to share experiences in a supportive environment.
The interview process takes place at Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT and consists of a short presentation, written task, a teaching activity with a small group of children and a panel interview. You will be told in advance about the content of the activity and the age of the children.
The selection process takes up a minimum of half a day. Please note that applicants for salaried positions may be asked to complete additional tasks as specified by the employing school.
For successful applicants, conditional places may be offered; typically conditions include evidence of qualifications, passing the Professional Skills Tests, a criminal record check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment. To reflect individual circumstances, further conditions may be discussed at interview.
How school placements work
We work with a large partnership of schools in High Wycombe and the surrounding area offering a wide range of learning experiences across the primary years.
Our trainees have two placement schools: a main and second placement. We aim to match trainees with the right schools and try to accommodate personal wishes, including location and transport considerations.
Main Placement (MP1) – Autumn Term
Trainees will spend the majority of their time in this school (both the Autumn and Summer terms). During MP1, trainees will begin by observing other teachers in the school, working with groups of children and gradually increasing their responsibility until they are teaching approximately 50% of the time in school, delivering lessons with support from their Teacher Tutor against specific targets.
Second Placement (SP2) – Spring Term
This placement typically takes place in a contrasting school and a different key stage. Following initial teacher observations and small group work, trainees will plan full lessons with class teaching, culminating in a teaching commitment of up to 60% of the week.
Additional Placements – Spring Term
Trainees will also have the opportunity to undertake a short placement in a Special Needs school and Key Stage 2 classroom. This is valuable experience for trainees to appreciate a range of education settings and the different strategies, skills and knowledge needed to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.
Main Placement (MP3) – Summer Term
Trainees will return to their main placement school for their final term of training. At this stage, trainees are expected to be able to fulfil the main requirements of a classroom teacher with a teaching commitment of up to 80% of the week by the end of the placement. Regular lesson observations and feedback are an ongoing process throughout the training programme. Our Teacher Tutors and Quality Assurance Mentors monitor the progress of all teacher trainees. At the end of the course, a final assessment board considers the progress made by each trainee, their level of attainment and ultimately the award of QTS.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
£1,500 for PGCE with Oxford Brookes University.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Candidates in their final year are welcome to apply. An honours degree at 2.2 or above is preferred
• GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science (or equivalent)
• Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests
• Successful safeguarding and occupational health checks
• Maths specialists only: grade B or above at Maths A level. Candidates may be eligible for an additional £6000 bursary.
If you have studied outside the UK, contact the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) to obtain written confirmation that your qualifications are equivalent to our UK entry requirements.
Individuals should be able to:
• demonstrate a commitment to teaching
• demonstrate good subject knowledge
• be flexible, creative and enthusiastic
• be self-motivated, resilient and adapt well to change
• work under pressure
• communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
• proactively seek opportunities to enhance their learning
• work effectively in a team and foster positive relationships with members of a school community
• support the values, attitudes and ethos of our partnership schools
• maintain a high standard of professionalism and conduct
• reflect on their own practice and act upon advice
About the training provider
Chepping View Primary Academy is an innovative and vibrant outstanding school with National Teaching School status. We are the lead school of a partnership of schools in High Wycombe, Marlow and across Buckinghamshire (WAM Teaching School Alliance) and an accredited provider of school-centred initial teacher training. Our SCITT team provides a formal and comprehensive training programme covering the primary phase for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, as well as early years with our 3-7 programme. Our training and school placements lead to QTS, authorised by CVPA SCITT. The support and training offered by CVPA SCITT and our partnership schools prepare trainee teachers in the best way possible to become outstanding primary school teachers and school leaders of the future.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Chepping View Primary Academy is committed to equal opportunities and will not discriminate on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex or marital status or on the grounds of disability.
We encourage all potential applicants to discuss their needs in order that we can consider them individually and explore any adjustments that can reasonably be made to offer the best learning experience. All efforts will be made to support an individual’s needs, but applicants should be aware that unsuccessful management of a condition may result in termination of the programme.
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