About the course
During the initial teacher training year trainees will not only learn about pedagogy in general but they will also learn about subject specific pedagogy. Trainees will be trained to teach 2 consecutive Secondary Key Stages (KS3 and KS4) in their chosen subject. Trainees will also experience some KS5. Simultaneously trainees will also be given the opportunity to improve and expand their subject knowledge. During the training year trainees will also have the opportunity to teach a 2nd subject of their choice.
All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, observing and learning from experienced colleagues as well as professional development. The 5th day will be a Professional Learning day with Hillingdon SCITT, which will be held at Bishop Ramsey School (which is where Hillingdon SCITT is based) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, all trainees will undertake an Action Research Project of their choice (which will be the main task for QTS).
Trainees will have placements in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will also have the opportunity to observe teaching and learning in other educational settings eg. Special Schools, Pupil Referral Unit and Primary Schools. Whilst on placement, the amount of lessons that fee funded (unsalaried) trainees will be expected to teach is incremental according to each training phase. A teaching timetable will be created that is bespoke to each trainee based upon their prior experience and readiness to teach.
Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them as well as, Phase and Subject Leads from Hillingdon SCITT. In order to achieve QTS, all trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards .
In conjunction with Hillingdon SCITT, Cranford Teaching School Alliance will co-ordinate the recruitment process.
The interview process will involve a full day spent at one of the Partner Schools, which is likely to be your main placement school for the duration of the training year.
The recruitment day will include:-
- Teaching a lesson or working with a group of students which will be observed by a qualified teacher (you will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching)
- A short presentation (candidates will be given the information prior to the interview for this)
- Literacy and Numeracy tests
- Interview (the panel will consist of representatives from Hillingdon SCITT and the Partner School)
- There will also be the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and a tour of the school.
It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available
How school placements work
During the training year trainees will teach in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will be spend the majority of the year in 1 Partner School (where they were interviewed). The 2nd placement is for the duration of 6 weeks, whereby trainees will be placed in a contrasting school.
Most of the Partnership Schools are located within a few miles from the Lead School. Our Partner Schools have excellent public transport links including buses and the National Rail network (underground and overground). Full directions to the schools in the Partnership can be found on their websites. Central London is within easy reach.
Brunel University is located in Uxbridge, North-West London. The nearest underground station is Uxbridge, from which it is about 15 minutes' walk from the Main Site Campus or a short bus ride.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
In order to begin the teacher training year, the following qualifications are required:-
You should be a graduate. (Applicants with a 2:2 or above from the UK will be eligible to take the PGCE. Applicants with a 3rd will only be eligible for the QTS.)
The majority of the content from your Undergraduate Degree should be in the subject that you wish to teach.
You will need at least a Grade C or 4 in GCSE/equivalent in English and Maths
If you have completed your undergraduate degree or secondary schooling internationally, we will require a NARIC equivalence.
We are looking for candidates who have a passion for both their subject and for working with young people. You should share Cranford's vision of Excellence in all Areas and Transforming a Community and be willing to contribute to wider school life. Successful candidates will be:
- Supportive of the School Ethos
- Emotionally intelligent
- Motivated, enthusiastic and positive
- Committed to the progress and well-being of young people
- Reliable and punctual
All successful applicants will be subject to:-
- Disclosure Barring Service checks
- Health and physical capacity to teach
- Childcare disqualification
About the training provider
Ofsted judges Cranford Community College to be 'Outstanding' – we want you to be part of this success if you are of the right calibre and have potential to grow further. Cranford Community College is located in West London with excellent transport routes and is the lead school in the Cranford Teaching School Alliance. As a trainee, you will be placed either at Cranford or at one of our high quality partner schools.
Our mission is that we are all successful and happy. We have a curriculum that provides ‘additionality’ and develops the full range of skills, preparing young people for success in an increasingly competitive and changing world. We are aspirational and encourage and guide pupils to take practical steps now, whilst at school, to secure a better long term future. We aim to foster a strong moral dimension and ethos throughout the school and its teaching. Cranford is innovative and has developed a diverse curriculum which is adaptable, exciting and embraces positive change and ideas for improvement.
The Cranford Teaching School Alliance has an excellent track record of success in Initial Teacher Training with outstanding employment rates, professional development and career progression.
About the accredited body
Hillingdon SCITT, an Ofsted recognised Outstanding ITT Provider, located in North-West London, is one of the two accrediting providers for QTS with which the Cranford Teaching School Alliance works. Hillingdon SCITT is based in Ruislip.
Hillingdon SCITT has successfully trained 3 cohorts of Primary and Secondary teachers. Upon completion of the course Hillingdon SCITT trainees have been graded as Good or Outstanding towards the Teachers' Standards. As a result, our trainees a highly employable and we have had 100% employment rate upon course completion.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All schools within the Cranford Teaching School Alliance will make suitable adaptations for trainees with disabilities. These include lift access for example and other reasonable adaptations as required.
Candidates who have disabilities or other needs should contact Cranford TSA prior to their application to discussion their needs and the bespoke support that we can provide for them during their initial training year.
The individual Partner Schools and SCITTs which we work with have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact Cranfod TSA for more information.
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