About the course
Our Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:
- Phase 1: 7-day induction in the SCITT
- Phase 2: Classroom Practice 1 in your home school.
- Phase 3: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This will be a
- week placement
- Phase 4: Week in a special School.
- Phase 5: Four day placement in a primary setting.
- Phase 6: Classroom Practice 3 in your home school.
In each Phase of Classroom Practice you will spend 4 days in school. The fifth day is a training day at the Training Centre within John Taylor High School. In the morning all trainees undertake general professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments, and in the afternoon split into subject groups.
Trainees on our English programme will benefit from small group subject knowledge development sessions where themes from the professional studies training will be looked at from the perspective of English. Our Subject Development Leader for English is an outstanding Lead Teacher of English at John Taylor High School and has designed our English programme to give you all the skills and subject knowledge to meet the demands of an ever evolving educational landscape. You will acquire strategies to promote pupils' learning in both English Language and English Literature and enjoy collaborative opportunities to develop your own subject knowledge and pedagogy. The environment in which you will work is extremely supportive. If you are passionate about English, keen to share your enthusiasm with young people and develop your own subject knowledge we would welcome your application for our English SCITT programme.
School and subject based tasks support face to face training sessions and you will have the opportunity to share experiences with other during the reflect and review sessions on training days.
There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and by the end of the year you will need to demonstrate and evidence that you have fully met each of the eight Standards for Qualified Teacher Status as well as Part 2 of The Standards. A Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed your English subject knowledge over the course of the year.
All our previous English trainees have successfully secured employment.
If your application meets the requirements of the programme you will be invited to attend an interview at John Taylor High School training centre, where a member of the SCITT Team, a representative from a partner school and a subject specialist will interview you.
Prior to interview we will ask you to complete a subject knowledge audit and undertake a small amount of research in preparation for the interview. On the interview day we will ask you to:
- complete a literacy and numeracy test
- deliver a five minute presentation
- engage in a micro teaching activity with a small group of KS3 pupils. In this activity we are only looking to assess your ability to breakdown a concept to enable children to learn, your presence and professionalism and your ability to interact with pupils.
- have a personal interview in which we will explore your reasons for wanting to become a teacher, your understanding of what it means to be a teacher and what constitutes outstanding teaching and learning.
There will a be an information session prior to the formal interview when we go through the programme with you in detail and provide an informal opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about our programme.
How school placements work
The John Taylor SCITT works in partnership with 14 secondary schools, 17 primary schools and 3 special schools across our local area. No school is more that 30 minutes travelling time from John Taylor High School . When assigning you to a school we will give consideration to a school's competence and capacity in your subject area, plan for two contrasting placements and look at where you live.
Our programme is an 11-16 programme with post 16 enhancement and so you will teach predominantly across KS3 and 4 but also develop your confidence in KS5. We strongly encourage all our partners to provide a KS5 teaching experience for our trainees, as we believe that this enhances employability which is extremely important to us.
Your Home School, where you start and end your training, will oversee the whole of your training year and communication between your home School and second placement mentor is very important to us to ensure a smooth transition between the phases. To that end both mentors will be involved in your end of phase 1 and 2 assessments and transition information shared.
Prior to returning to your home school for your final phase of training you will spend 4 days in a primary setting in order to develop your understanding of what pupils have learnt and what they can do when they arrive at their secondary school to continue their educational journey. You will look at how your subject is taught in the primary school in order that you are aware of their existing skills and can plan to build on them effectively.
After completing you second placement in the spring term and before returning to your Home School you will spend a week in a special school to deepen your understanding of the barriers to learning that some pupils experience and different strategies deployed by special schools to help pupils overcome them. We work with a number of different types of special schools and a Pupil Referral Unit who all support us with this component of our training.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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.
All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a minimum degree classification of 2.2. The degree must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. Where this is not the case, you may still be offered a place subject to the completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme. GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics is a requirement of the programme
To be successful on our programme, you need to have excellent subject knowledge and be highly motivated, with a real passion for teaching and your subject. You should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of what it means to be a teacher, ideally through school experience and be able to evidence resilience and good organisational skills. It is important that you can work effectively as part of a team, are a good listener and receptive to constructive criticism.
Applicants must have successfully gained a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is required to be completed no more than three months before the course start date.
All applicants are subject to medical clearance.
About the training provider
The John Taylor SCITT, offering both primary and secondary programmes is based at John Taylor High School. We have 14 secondary school partners, 17 primary and 3 special school partners all of which are located within half an hour of the SCITT, predominantly in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.
We are a relatively small provider and as a consequence pride ourselves on knowing all our trainees well and being able to offer highly personalised support. Typically we have between 5-7 trainees per subject on our Secondary programmes. Our core offer is school based and mirrors our School Direct programme, led by the National Forest Teaching School.
Trainees work closely with a Subject specialists. who will get to know them very well during the course of the year, visiting them in their placement school and supporting them during weekly training sessions and termly tutorials. We consider the subject specific input to be a real strength of our programme. Additional in- school support is provided by school- based professional mentors, subject mentors, class teachers and members of the SCITT team.
The John Taylor SCITT is based on the John Taylor High School site in a bespoke training centre.
In 2017 the SCITT was commended by Ofsted for :
- their vision and ambition
- the training and support provided
- the quality of placements offered
- their responsiveness to needs and views of trainees
- communication and collaboration with partner schools
- trainee outcomes
- employment rates
- professionalism and commitment of NQTs
Training with disabilities and other needs
The John Taylor SCITT welcomes applications from people with disabilities. The training centre, on the John Taylor High School site has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.
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King Edward VI, Lichfield
Upper St John Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9EE
Kings Avenue, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire WS12 1DH
Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8AX
Coronation Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 0QA
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