About the course
As a primary trainee teacher on our SCITT, you will train to teach in key stage one and two (5-11 year olds). As a primary trainee teacher, you will experience contrasting placements in our partner schools. The autumn term will be in your main school, in the spring term you will carry out a placement in a contrasting primary school, before returning to your main school for your final placement in the summer term. Placements will ensure that you have experience of teaching across the primary age range in key stage one and two.
You will spend most of your time in school, learning how to teach key stage one and two pupils from experienced practitioners. Your bespoke, personalised timetable will grow organically as you progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards. Your assigned mentor will support you and meet with you on a weekly basis to review and reflect on your training. You will regularly come together with your fellow trainees for the professional studies programme and you will explore relevant theories relating to how children learn and how to maximise their learning experiences in the classroom. You will receive training sessions from a wider range of experienced practitioners, covering all areas of primary education. You will complete three assignments, one per term, and they focus on: theories of learning, 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 based on the Fylde Coast 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.
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 10 minute mini lesson for a group of pupils on any curriculum area and to any year group within the primary age range (key stage one or key stage two). Your interactions with our pupils and ability to communicate and build rapport is really important on the day. You will also have the opportunity to spend a short period of time in a live classroom environment in which an experienced teacher will be looking at your interactions and engagement with the pupils. If you are successful at the mini lesson and classroom interactions stage of the recruitment process you will be offered an interview with a panel of school leaders from the area. During your interview the panel will explore your suitability to train on the key stage one and two programme. You will also have literacy and numeracy tests on the day to assess your fundamental skills and to ascertain any areas for development. 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 on the assessment day. The Fylde Coast is a 13 mile square-shaped peninsula so travel times between schools is minimal. We partner with 20 local schools and you will teach in both key stage one and key stage two and in two contrasting schools settings. We have enhancement visits on the calendar where you will have opportunities to tailor your training experience by selecting visits to a wide variety of settings including: nursery schools, secondary schools, sixth forms, special school, schools with a high percentage of English as an Additional Language, church schools, forest schools and beach schools. You could also opt to visit our local pupil referral units. 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:
All candidates must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade 4 C on the old systemin the GCSE English, Maths and Science exams for our primary programme. We can offer equivalency tests for this entry requirement.
All candidates must hold a degree in any given subject (3rd or above). The degree must comprise of 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at Level 6 of the QCF.
We also welcome applicants who are in the final year of their degree and can offer conditional placements, dependent on successful completion of degree or any other pending qualifications.
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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