About the course
Our Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:
- Phase 1: 8-day induction in the SCITT
- Phase 2: 4-day Primary Placement
- Phase 3: Classroom Practice 1 in your home school.
- Phase 4: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This will be a
- week placement
- Phase 5: Week in a special School.
- 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 John Taylor High School. In the morning you will undertake professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments and in the afternoon split into subjects. Our History trainees will benefit from small group subject knowledge development sessions, where themes from the professional studies training will be considered from the perspective of History.
Our Subject Development Leader for History is an outstanding Lead Teacher of History and has significant experience working with trainees,
“Our vision for History teaching and learning is for us to help others develop a passion and curiosity for History. We hope that a love of History drives the desire to be successful within the subject. We encourage pupils to understand their world around them through developing their knowledge of the past. We want them to understand the significance of their History and the importance of keeping it alive. Through the study of the History National Curriculum, GCSE and A Level specifications, students acquire a broad and rich understanding of History, whilst being encouraged to become inquisitive, analytical and reflective. History allows them to reason, to challenge and to evaluate on their journey of lifelong independent learning.”
If you share our vision we would welcome your application for our History programme.
School and subject based tasks complement training sessions and you will have the opportunity to share experiences with others during the reflect and review sessions on training days.
There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and you will need to demonstrate that you have fully met all Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the programme. A Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed your History subject knowledge over the training year.
All our previous History 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 one to one 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. We will not ask you to travel more than absolutely necessary.
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 s 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 starting in your home school 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 2019/2020 are as follows:
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.
- Literacy and Numeracy Tests:
Applicants should have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy.
Applicants must have successfully gained a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is required at the point of accepting a place.
Meeting the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
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