About the course
General Primary ( with Maths) 5-11 accredited Sheffield SCITT, QTS, PGC.
You need GCSE Maths, English and Science to at least grade C and a Degree.
To access the £6k bursary you will also need a B in Maths A level or equivalent
This course is 100% school based. You are taught by outstanding teachers on the job and have an afternoon a week in the HUB where experts will help you develop you skills and understanding in a range of topic such as maths, Literacy, assessment, planning, Special Educational needs and a range of subject specific sessions.
There are additional Maths sessions that trainees on this course have to attend provided to give you extra skill and understanding of the teaching and leading of maths in a primary setting.
There are no essays to write , but you will be asked to compile evidence bundles to show your achievement against the teaching standards.
The 30 Masters credits will require attendance at Sheffield University on Fridays for the first few weeks of your course. You choose a topic to explore and are assessed via a presentation and written assignment.
Your mentor will work with you to build your skills to show how you have achieved against the teaching standards. You will have 3 points in the year when your progress is reported. We aim for all students to be at least good, and will work hard with you to achieve that.
Last year 86% of the trainees got an outstanding assessment and the rest were good. We are very proud to have very high rates of employment for trainees who graduate from our course, many in our partner schools. We feel strongly thatches course prepares people well for the riggors and joys of this wonderful profession.
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Use your personal statement to show why you are likely to make a great teacher and why you have a specific interest in maths. Draw on work experience but if you don’t have much in schools what about working with youth groups? Training or mentoring new people in other jobs? Can you fill any gaps in your experience before interviews?
If your application is accepted you will get a letter inviting you to interview. You will be asked to take a 15 minutes lesson based on a maths problem. Your letter will tell you what you what year group and detail anything you need to bring. Following the lesson you will be asked to write a reflection of your teaching input.
There will be an interview. We ask Heads and Deputies of our partner schools to help conduct these, along with the director of the teaching school. You will be asked a range of questions. We want to see good awareness of education but it’s not a knowledge test, just don’t come across as naive about what schools are really like.
More important to us is seeing the signs of a good teacher, team player, communicator, can lead a discussion, can listen, can contribute to a group, can explain clearly, come across professionally and be supportive to others.
If successful you will be made an offer via UCAS. All offers are subject to passing the skills tests.
How school placements work
Learning Unlimited has 15 partner schools across Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Doncaster. The course is based on a full year in the classrooms of partner schools with weekly training sessions at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School. Trainees will work across two Key Stages and two contrasting school settings to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).
In additional to QTS we offer a flexible Master’s degree programme with 60 Master’s level credits with the University of Sheffield. 30 credits in your training year and 30 in your NQT year. The Master’s Modules can be certificated as a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) or kept open to work up to a full Master’s degree later in the career.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:
- a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
- at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
All primary courses require at least a C or equivalent in GCSE Maths, English and Science. For this course we would expect your qualifications to show strength is Maths, at least an A in GCSE Maths and other related A levels. To qualify for the bursary you will need at least a B in A level maths
A degree is also required.
The Skills tests in Maths and Literacy have to be passed
If your qualifications have been taken in another country you will have to have them verified by NARIC.
Certificates for these qualifications must be presented at enrolment.
We do want to see good awareness of education, don’t come across as naive about what schools are really like.
More important to us is the signs of a good teacher, a team player, communicator, can lead a discussion, can listen, can contribute to a group, can explain clearly, come across professionally and be supportive to others.
We are looking for people who are resilient, hard working, eager to learn and reflective.
We are not looking for the finished article, but someone we can work with, who has passion, desire and drive to be the best teacher they can be.
Work experience in a setting where you have had contact with children or acted in a coaching, mentoring role is desirable, but not essential. Anything that shows an aptitude for Maths is helpful.
About the training provider
LUTSA is based at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School in Sheffield. This is an outstanding school with drive and passion to transform children's lives through world class teaching. Our focus is Primary, Primary with Maths and Early Years teacher training.
Our mission is to grow the highest calibre of teachers to meet the needs of the schools in our region. Feedback from our latest cohort of trainees was overwhelmingly positive with 100% rating the training at five out of five. For the past 2 years more that 75% of the cohort have been graded Outstanding by the end of the course, with the rest graded good. LUTSA are currently working with 15 partner schools across Sheffield, Chesterfield and Doncaster. Over 85% of the cohort for the past 2 years have gained employment before the completion of the course and many in our partner schools.
This is a high quality and individualised training route into teaching where you will learn alongside outstanding classroom practitioners and gain exceptional training experiences with input from our expert facilitators overseen by our Ofsted Outstanding Lead school.
As a teaching School our trainees have access to many development opportunities that we run in addition to their training, including a Maths knowledge enhancement programme of 12 sessions to grow their confidence in teaching Primary Maths using Mastery techniques. We also collaborate with other providers to make sure our trainees get experiences from a range of contexts and experts in the region.
About the accredited body
General Primary and Primary with Maths are run by LUTSA with the Sheffield SCITT as the accredited provider. This course leads to QTS and PGCert with 30 Masters credits from Sheffield University in your training year and the option to do a further 30 Masters credits in your NQT year fully paid for.
You train in two contrasting placement schools during the year, attending "Hub" sessions every Tuesday afternoon. You will attend a series of days at Sheffield University for Masters sessions.
The SCITT was subject to an Ofsted inspection in 2017/8 and was graded as Good with Outstanding features.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At LUTSA we provide a very personalised approach to School Direct Teacher Training. We take pride in getting to know all our trainees, their personal circumstances and their strengths and areas for development so that we can support and develop them most effectively.
We have developed specific support for trainees with Dyslexia in the past including providing software and a laptop for academic purposes.
We have developed training that specifically looks at resilience and strategies to help recognise and cope with stress for example.
At LUTSA we are able to carefully match students to schools and mentors who will help support their needs due to the fact that we deal with relatively small numbers each year (up to 20 trainees)
We have introduced Maths subject enhancement sessions this year to support trainees in growing their knowledge, skills and confidence in this area and next year we aim to do the same for Literacy.
Our students have access to the comprehensive student support services provided by both the Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam depending on which course they undertake with us at LUTSA.
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