About the course
At Woodside,we follow the Essex ITT training programme,but tailor the training to each individuals needs.
A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and have the option to buy-in to a Masters Programme with the University of Derby for the award of PGCE. The cost of this is £1950 and payable in 3 instalments. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching your specific subject in secondary or phase within primary.
In school you will work closely with a subject / phase specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.
Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers' Standards.
You will be invited to an initial interview with our accredited provider, which will include a short presentation about why you wish to teach, a written task and formal interview with a small panel of representatives from Essex Teacher Training. If successful at Phase I, you will be invited to an interview in one of our partner schools. This interview could include: an activity with pupils eg teaching part of a lesson, or taking a group activity; a pupil panel interview and a formal interview with a small panel of representatives from the school and wider School Direct partnership. If successful at Phase II, you will be given a conditional offer of a place to train.
How school placements work
Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year. Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day.
The programme covers the primary age ranges 3-7 or 5-11 and you will be teaching within one of these age ranges.
You will be paid at point one of the unqualified teachers pay scale.
There are no fees payable for this programme unless you wish to enrol on the PGCE with Uni of Derby (£1950).
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
A first degree at 2:2 or above. A first degree comprises 300 HE credits of which 60 must be at Level 6 of QCF. If your degree is from a non-UK approach NARIC to gain equivalence certificate
GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 in English, maths and science
DfE Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
You are required to sit your first skills test within 8 weeks of being made a conditional offer and you must pass both skills tests prior to starting.
We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.
About the training provider
Here at Woodside Academy we are committed to offering all prospective trainees the opportunity to gain QTS.
We have been training students for the last 6 years and been a Lead School for 4 years.
During this time we have trained a total of about 20 students, all of the students started their teaching careers in Essex.
A number of trainees have been given permanent teaching posts at Woodside or schools they trained in.
Woodside Academy is the lead training school in partnership with Essex Teacher Training and Aveley, Holy Cross, Grays Convent, Kenningtons, Stifford Clays and Robert Drake schools. We are keen to forge links with new schools too.Graduates can train at Woodside or in one of our partner schools to gain a qualified teacher status. We have six trainee teachers working at Woodside this year . Trainees are all graduates and start with a small teaching commitment, building this through the year. They will also work for half a term with a different age group in another school in the partnership or elsewhere. Being a training school helps us to recruit good quality staff who can already teach according to the school's expectations and quickly develop their commitment to the school.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Here at Woodside Academy we are committed to offering all prospective trainees the opportunity to gain QTS. If you have a specific need, we can discuss this with you at interview and agree a suitable level of support.
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