About the course
As an i2i Geography Trainee you will spend the majority of your time in your main placement school where you will be part of the school community from the very start. You will be assigned both a Mentor from your subject area and a Professional Mentor who has responsibility for all trainees in that school, to support and guide you through your training year. You will be introduced to the practice of teaching in a structured way, building up your teaching experience and timetable at a pace that matches your readiness.
You will also have a second school placement, typically six weeks, a three day primary placement and a two day KS5 placement which give you the opportunity to extend your practice in different settings.
Weekly Professional Studies training is held every Monday at either Weydon School, Farnham or Reigate School, Reigate. In these sessions you will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop your practice within the classroom, and be able to reflect on your school experience. These sessions will immerse you in a rich and stimulating professional learning environment. The programme is front loaded in the first half term - you will attend sessions on a Friday as well. There will be no sessions during the latter part of the summer term in order to give you experience of ‘block’ teaching time when your timetable is at its fullest.
Geography Subject Studies training complements and reinforces the themes addressed in Professional Studies and is led by subject experts chosen for their renowned reputation as skilled trainers and outstanding practitioners. This weekly dedicated session focusses on subject related topics, providing you with the appropriate pedagogical knowledge to prepare you to teach Geography to a high level within the classroom.
The i2i Geography SCITT programme is designed to support you to achieve both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE. The PGCE element of the course is delivered and accredited by the University of Sussex (whose ITT provision has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted) via regular sessions throughout the year. Trainees are welcome to go to the University to access the library and any keynote lectures if they so wish. All these materials are also available remotely through the University of Sussex website for those Trainees who do not wish to visit the university in person.
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Once we receive your application through UCAS we will invite you to attend an interview within approximately one week. The interview itself will be held at the Lead School (Weydon) and is of half a day's duration.
The interview will consist of:
- A tour of the school
- A subject knowledge test. This is usually part of a GCSE paper and will last no longer than 30 minutes
- A Maths and English Test
- Teaching an advised topic to a small group of children for 20 minutes
- A panel interview with the Director of SCITT and a Geography subject expert
You will be sent interview details in advance so you have plenty of time for preparation. We aim to make your interview as welcoming, enjoyable and informative as possible, enabling you to perform at your best and to gain the knowledge you need to accept a place if offered. Decisions about the offer are made very soon after the interview and the outcomes communicated through both the SCITT and UCAS. Unsuccessful candidates are offered feedback on their performance.
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How school placements work
The i2i partnership consists of 21 highly successful secondary schools around Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Middlesex, all committed to providing, outstanding teacher training and all experienced in delivering and leading initial teacher training.
All our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young children and safer recruitment procedures are followed by the i2i SCITT Partnership. We expect all staff and trainees to share responsibility for this.
Placing Trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:
- Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a Trainee in a particular subject
- Selecting a Mentor who will be the best fit for the Trainee
- Establishing at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport.
We do not expect Trainees to travel for longer than an hour each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 - 40 minutes and we always do our best to accommodate Trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them.
We do offer a limited amount of accomodation to rent adjacent to Weydon School within a four bedroom detached house on a fixed one-year tenancy.
Trainees will spend the first term in their main placement school. After Christmas, Trainees will be given a six-week contrasting second placement until the February half term, after which they will return to their main placement school.
All of our Initial Teacher Training courses teach the age range 11-16 so every Trainee will get an exposure to teaching Key Stages 3 and 4.
Trainees will also do short KS2 and KS5 placement at a primary school (three days) and Sixth Form (two days).
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £17,000
- a bursary of £15,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries 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.
• Degree - 2:2 or above
• 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalent) - Grade A*- C (new gradings 4-9) which must include Maths & English
• If your degree is not in the subject in which you train to teach, an A-Level in a related subject is required
If your degree or high school education were undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC: https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/
If you are enthusiastic and determined, and aspire to become an excellent teacher then we would love to hear from you. We look for the following personal qualities:
• A friendly and approachable nature
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Organisation and time management skills
• A passion for your subject
• An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
• A positive outlook and resilient nature
• A creative and innovative approach
• The ability to reflect on and improve practice
• Potential leadership capabilities
• A passion and drive for delivering first class education.
All Trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check.
All Trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession.
Prior to the start of the course, all Trainees are required to pass the Government Literacy and Numeracy skills tests for teaching.
About the training provider
Welcome to the i2i Teaching Partnership – an alliance of highly successful secondary schools in Surrey, Hampshire, Middlesex and Berkshire delivering a first class and highly supportive and responsive School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme leading to both QTS and PGCE.
Our SCITT programme provides high quality school-led and centre-based training, enabling all trainees to develop into confident and competent professionals. Our programme will immerse you in a school setting right from the start, offering both QTS and PGCE, and expert Mentors to guide and support you. Employment rates on our programme are high and career progression and continuing professional development is embedded into our culture.
Our broad network of partnership schools present exciting, varied training possibilities, including four schools with a sixth form , two special needs schools, and two training hubs; Weydon School in Farnham and Reigate School in Reigate.
Socially, we often get asked “what do you do?” We think a better question would be “WHY do you do what you do?” Almost 50% of our current trainees would answer by saying their why is to “transform lives”.
By supporting you in your training year, and into your career through ongoing professional development, we know that you will help us achieve our vision and transform the lives of the next generation.
We are proud of this supportive approach and strong reputation, and invite you to visit our website to learn more about what we believe is a truly exceptional programme.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Sussex welcomes all students and has a dedicated Student Support Unit which offers support and advice to students with any disability or diagnosed long-term health condition that will affect their studies.
Our partner schools are all committed to equal opportunities. As school sites differ, those applicants with physical disabilities should contact the SCITT Administrator for details of the partner schools best suited to their needs. All our partner schools have the expertise to support applicants with learning disabilities.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Weydon School, Weydon Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8UG
Pendleton Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7NT
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