About the course
As a trainee teacher of biology on our SCITT, you will experience contrasting placements in our partner schools. If you want 11-16 then this will be two contrasting secondary settings. If you want 11-18 then we will have a middle placement in a Sixth Form setting. You will spend most of your time on the job learning how to teach your subject from experienced practitioners. Your timetable will grow organically as you progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards. One day a week you will come together with your fellow trainees for the professional studies programme. You will explore relevant theories relating to how children learn and how to maximise their learning experiences in the classroom. Throughout the year you will have subject specialist training to prepare you to be a curriculum-maker. We complete 3 assignments, one per term, and they focus on: planning for your curriculum, understanding our local context and meeting the needs of our children, and how you have and will make an impact on the Fylde Coast. There are no lengthy essays but we promote lots of reading and reflection alongside. We have a vastly varied partnership and our schools are very near to each other so you will rarely have to travel far. We have our own life coach, and our mission is to train healthy teachers for future generations in our area. As a result of this, and our close collaborations, we also have 100% local employment rates therefore you are very likely to secure employment near home if you train to teach with us.
Our assessment days are rigorous, but candidates always report that they are an enjoyable experience and certainly serve to provide further confirmation that this is the right career choice for them. We ask candidates to prepare a 20 minute lesson for a group of pupils on any topic within their curriculum area. Your interactions with our young people and ability to build rapport is really important on the day. For your subject knowledge assessment, you will be given an exam paper on the day to explore your understanding of the curriculum. The findings from this inform your subject knowledge enhancement programme if you are successful. We also have literacy and numeracy tests on the day, as we are responsible for ensuring you have secure skills in these areas by the end of your training. If successful in the other activities, you will have an interview with a panel of school leaders from the area. It may sound daunting, but it is extremely supportive and we will make all reasonable adjustments a candidate may need on the day. We are assessing your capacity to train to teach, not yet your capacity to teach.
How school placements work
We very carefully select your school placements based on what we learn about you during the assessment day, and during the pre-course activities and visits we arrange before September. The Fylde Coast is a 13 mile square-shaped peninsula so travel times between schools is minimal. On our secondary programme, we partner with 10 local schools and you will teach 11-16 unless you have expressed an interest to teach beyond key stage 4 and we will tailor your programme accordingly. We have two enhancement weeks on the calendar where you will have opportunities to visit local primary schools to explore your curriculum at KS2. You will also visit the local Sixth Form College for the KS5 experience, and our local private school for workshops on teaching children for whom English is an additional language. You could also opt to visit our local pupil referral units and special educational needs settings. This is the beauty of our varied partnership, and a unique aspect of our SCITT provision.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 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 candidates must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade 4 C on the old systemin the GCSE English and maths exams for our secondary programme. We can offer equivalency tests for this entry requirement should you need them.
All candidates must hold a first degree, ideally in a subject relating to their chosen subject specialism, comprising 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at Level 6 of the QCF.
A Levels are preferred in relevant subjects but not essential.
Successful candidates have strong communication and interpersonal skills. They have clarity in their expression and are at ease with the children during the micro-teach. They often demonstrate a love of learning and this enthuses those around them. We welcome applications from anyone who meets the entry requirements and has a commitment to improving the lives of young people in our region.
Please bring DBS certificates with you to the assessment day if you have one, but you will receive a very detailed set of instructions prior to the day. School experience is always preferred but not essential as we will help you with this before September.
About the training provider
Our programmes are school-centred initial teacher training programmes and all lead to Qualified Teacher Status with the option of an online PGCE alongside. Our programmes are designed to maximise time spent on the job, in contrasting schools, to fully prepare candidates for life as a teacher in the area. As the one-stop shop for teacher training on the Fylde Coast, we offer the following programmes:
QTS 3-7 with Early Years specialism;
QTS 5-11 with Special Educational Needs specialism;
Firstly, our programmes are completely personalised to each candidate; no two people have the same experience because we know our trainees come from all walks of life. We tailor the year to maximise your skills and ensure you have the best possible start to your teaching career.
Secondly, because our trainees don’t have to attend University lectures, we have time to give them bespoke enhancement programmes running alongside the mainstream placements. Our trainees teach in a wide range of settings including: primary schools, pupil referral units, Special Educational Needs, private schools and Sixth Forms. Our professional studies programmes are evidence-informed and facilitated by experts in our region.
Finally, our programmes are competitively priced because we know graduates are already carrying huge university debts. We charge £7500 for the year for QTS-only and we give our secondary trainees a free qualification alongside so they all leave as qualified teachers of PSHE Association Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Fylde Coast Teaching School encourages the development of a teacher training community in which diversity is valued. An important part of putting this into practice is a commitment to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of disability in all training matters, to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability and to ensure that its recruitment and selection processes are fully accessible.
At the point of application, we ask candidates if they need any adjustments for the assessment day or any extra time to complete the activities. We make it clear that any information will always be kept strictly confidential unless they agree to it being shared with schools or mentors.
We meet individually with trainees regularly about their needs. Trainees have different learning needs and are members of diverse communities: a trainee with dyslexia may also be a single parent and a trainee with depression may also be struggling with finance. Talking to trainees about their individual needs early, and ensuring all reasonable adjustments are in place before they begin their placements in schools, is crucial.
In our Ofsted inspection report 2017, it states:
Both pastoral support and wrap-around, bespoke care across the partnership are outstanding. Every trainee teacher has access to the partnership’s life coach. He delivers regular sessions to individuals and to the cohort on developing resilience, maintaining a work–life balance and ensuring emotional well-being. Trainees really value this unique feature of the partnership.
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Fylde Coast Teaching Sch, c/o Blackpool 6th Form Coll, Blackpool Old Road, Blackpool FY3 7LR
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