About the course
This Primary course focuses on the age group 5-11 years and leads to qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We work with University of Hull to provide trainees with the option to undertake a PGCE (This decision is made at the start of the programme).
As a trainee on the 5-11 years programme you will spend significant time in your host school in both key stage one (5-7 years) and key stage two (7-11 years) developing your understanding of the key stage one and two curriculum.
Our aim is to provide as realistic on the job experience which fully prepares you for the teaching profession. Training is predominantly school based and you will spend approximately 160 days in school. You will work alongside a highly skilled mentor with further support from your School ITT-coordinator and SCITT tutors.
You will undertake a wide range of school tasks which will include significant opportunities to observe a range of teaching approaches in your host school and partnership schools. You will be asked to reflect and record your learning in relation to these tasks. These will be referred to in training discussions and feedback rather than submitted and marked in the traditional essay manner, as always our practice is based upon recent research regarding marking and feedback.
You will work with your mentor to engage in a combination of team teaching, small group work and whole class teaching that is both unobserved and observed. All of which are developmental and highly focussed upon the right training and advice, given at the right time.
Core training provides a comprehensive introduction to the wide range of Curriculum areas and pedagogy needed to become an excellent Primary school teacher. This training is provided by current practitioners therefore ensuring that theory is supported by current practice. Where possible our trainers will conduct their sessions in school. Our PE trainer will invite you into her school wearing your PE kit ready to observe and engage in training opportunities with pupils and peers.
Half termly assessments are based upon reviewing the progress of the children you have been teaching. This is evidenced through lesson observation and pupil’s outcomes which are used to identify your achievements and future targets. This process is based upon the current accountability systems in our partnership schools.
You will be interviewed by a group of Head teachers/senior leaders from our partnership schools. Our interview day includes a number of tasks one of which includes visiting one of our partnership schools to work with a group of our pupils. Outcomes of the interviews are shared with candidates on the day. As part of the interview process you will complete a written task and maths test.
How school placements work
We understand that the appropriate match between trainee and school mentor is crucial to a successful year. We use the information collated from application and interview process to identify your strengths, areas for development and learning style and match these to your host school and mentor. Many of our candidates have existing experience in our partnership schools and this is taken into consideration when planning placements.
Your host school is the school in which you will be predominantly based and you will become part of the school community. Whilst in your host school you will experience teaching both key stages for which you are being trained key stage one (5-7 years) and key stage two (7-11 years). Within your host school you will have a host mentor with whom you sill spend the most significant amount of time. You will spend 6 weeks in the alternative key stage for which you are being trained.
In addition you will undertake a 6 week contrasting placement (typically in the later part of the Autumn term). We take pride in being able to offer contrasting school placements. We endeavour to ensure that you are placed with the age range you have previously worked with so that you can focus upon the contrast presented by the school community rather than the age group.
Further enhancement visits include schools with high proportion pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), Special school and secondary school.
We currently work with 30 schools in Hull and surrounding area. Our priority it to secure a placement that works for you. In addition to considering your training needs when planning placements, we will ask you to identify considerations relating to commuting distances and family needs.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
QTS only programme £8,325
optional PGCE £925
Therefore total QTS and PGCE £9,250
- Degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent.
- GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in maths, English and a science subject
- Professional skills tests to be completed prior to course commencement
We are looking for people who are passionate about working with children and enabling them to reach their potential.
A proactive mentality!
What experience have you already undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching?
A love for learning!
Do you reflect upon what you have learnt and constantly strive to improve?
A can do attitude!
Are you resilient, determined and flexible?
A creative problem solver!
Do you see barriers, challenges to overcome, or new opportunities?
A collaborative worker!
How do you engage with others to get the best out of all situations?
Recent experience in a Primary school in the UK which allows candidates to have a clear understanding of the role of a Primary teacher in terms of relevant skills and time commitments required for the profession
Following successful interview all conditional offers will include
- Health and physical capacity to teach standards met (assessed through a occupational health questionnaire)
- Satisfactory Disclosure and Baring service check (DBS)
- Satisfactory criminal record check for overseas
- No Prohibition order to teach in Uk or European Economic Area (EEA)
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