About the course
As a i2i Trainee you will spend the majority of your time in your main placement school where you will be part of the teaching team, treated like a member of staff, attending staff meetings and professional development sessions. 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 also have a second school placement, typically six weeks, a week long primary placement and a three day KS5 placement which give you the opportunity to extend your practice in different settings.
The course offers you a weekly Professional Studies session lasting 4 hours, which is held at Weydon School in Farnham. In these sessions you will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop your practice within the classroom. Areas of pedagogy covered within these sessions include: lesson planning, behaviour management, assessment for learning and addressing the needs of all learners in your classroom.
Alongside your Professional Studies, all Trainees receive subject specific training for 2 hours a week, which is led by subject experts across the partnership. Subject experts have been chosen for their renowned reputation as skilled trainers and outstanding practitioners. Subject studies training gives Trainees a weekly dedicated session focussing on subject related topics, preparing you to teach your subject to a high level within the classroom. Areas of training include planning an effective scheme of work, getting to grips with what ‘student progress’ looks like in your subject and how to plan for addressing common misconceptions when teaching your subject.
Our SCITT courses are awarded with both QTS and PGCE carrying 60 masters' credits (awarded in partnership with the University of Sussex).
The PGCE element of the course is delivered by and accredited by the University of Sussex, whose ITT provision has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. The University of Sussex deliver the PGCE element of the course at Weydon School, via regular sessions throughout the year. Trainees are welcome to go to the University of Sussex to access the library and any keynote lectures if they so wish. All key note lectures and library 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 day itself will be held at the Lead School, (Weydon) and is of half a day's duration.
The interview day 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
• An exercise on resilience (task-based or small presentation based)
• Teaching an advised topic to a small group of children for 20 minutes
• An panel interview with the Director of SCITT and a 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 20 highly successful secondary schools around Surrey, Hampshire and Middlesex, all committed to providing outstanding 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.
WHILST WE DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMODATE YOUR PREFERRED CHOICE OF TRAINING LOCATION, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE IT. 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.
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.
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 (five days) and Sixth Form (three days).
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
• 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
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”. At the i2i Teaching Partnership we are passionate about ensuring students have access to the best possible education. By supporting you in your training year, and into your career through ongoing professional development, we know that you will help us achieve that vision and transform the lives of the next generation.
The i2i Teaching Partnership is an alliance of highly successful secondary schools, with the lead school Ofsted rated “Outstanding”. We deliver a first class school-based Initial Teacher Training programme that ensures you gain knowledge and skills necessary to transform lives. We have a passion for, and deep knowledge of, the subjects we teach and a conviction that with hard work, belief in ourselves and each other, a sense of belonging and care, the amazing is possible. Our motto for everyone in our school community is ‘You Can’.
Our broad network of partnership schools present exciting, varied training possibilities, including four schools with a sixth form and two special needs schools. 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 progession and continuing professional development is embedded into our culture.
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.
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