About the course
St Bernard's School Direct Training is based on partnership working with both Primary and Secondary Schools in Rotherham. We offer high quality School Direct training for both Secondary and Primary through The Sheffield SCITT.
- Our School Direct course lasts one year and results in qualified teacher status (QTS) with the option to study the PGCE Master's level credits through the University of Hull.
- You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ alongside current teachers.
- You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and personal one to one mentors, meaning you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.
- The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. The focus on teaching mastery and the Science behind learning using evidence based research is prominent throughout all training sessions.
- You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. You can find details of these here-https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview
- You will have a programme of high quality continuous professional development in both the core pedagogy of teaching, and subject specific content of your chosen area of the curriculum (secondary)
Shortlisting is undertaken on a fair and consistent basis, ensuring all applicants are considered against the minimum defined criteria within current DfE regulations. (Please refer to the DfE website).
Following a successful application to St. Bernard's School Direct Training, you will receive an invitation to interview. The interview process includes:
- The delivery of part of a lesson (year group and content will be communicated prior)
- An interview with a panel that includes the St Bernard's ITT Coordinator, as well as a subject specialist within the subject applied for. (The panel information will be communicated prior to interview).
Additionally the interview should be used by the applicant to address any concerns or questions about the training process. Following the interview, applicants will be informed in writing about their offer. If unsuccessful, specific and constructive targets will be clearly outlined to support with future applications. This communication will take place within 1 working week after the interview.
How school placements work
Each trainee undertakes three placements: Autumn (TP1 - 15 weeks), Spring (TP2 - approx 10-12 weeks) and Summer (TP3 - 15 weeks).
TP1 and TP3 are spent in the "host" school which will support and deliver the majority of the SCITT training programme. For secondary trainees this could be within St. Bernard's RC High School or one of our secondary partner schools within Rotherham. For primary trainees this will be within within one of our Primary Catholic partner schools. TP1 involves observations of teaching practice, weekly training sessions (compulsory hub training which takes place at St Bernard's High School) with a gradual and supportive move towards teaching classes within one key stage (secondary) or one year group (primary). TP3 includes an increased teaching timetable and experience within a different year group/key stage.
TP2 will be spent in an alternative school that can provide a contrasting environment to the host school. Trainees will learn about their TP2 placement within their first term and will be given the opportunity to meet their TP2 mentors, tour the school and ask questions before the placement commences. Usually during this placement, the trainee will teach a contrasting key stage or year group to TP1 to support a broader understanding of the curriculum. During this placement, however, weekly hub training sessions will continue to take place at St Bernard's High School and attendance is compulsory.
Placements within school are carefully selected and monitored by St Bernard's High School to ensure a consistent teacher training provision is experienced by all ITTs. Partner schools are based within Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster therefore the trainee must accept the possibility of travel. However, genuine and personal circumstances will always be considered and accommodated where possible.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.
If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is:
Term 1 : £2,625
Term 2 : £2,625
Term 3 : £4,000
With each amount being due on the first day of each term.
You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.
You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees. However, The Sheffield SCITT admin department will support you with:
- The Student Finance Application process.
- Information as whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.
- Any national scholarships that may be available for the subject you are training to teach.
- Membership to the Westfield Foresight Health plan to assist you with the cost of dental, ophthalmic and other treatments.
In order to be considered for the programme you would need:
A relevant degree - if you do not have a relevant degree you will need to have an A level in the subject you want to teach.
GCSE grade C or 4 in Maths and English.
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We are looking for the next generation of outstanding teachers and future school leaders. You must be passionate about children and education but also care about our schools, the communities we serve and the special ethos each school.
It is preferred if you have experience of working with young people - ideally some of this will be school based. However, as long as you are able to demonstrate you can engage, communicate and inspire your people, you are welcome to apply.
You will need to pass an Enhanced Criminal Record Check. Ideally you will have some experience working with children in a school or another organisation e.g. nursery, playgroups, scouts etc.
As we are not allowed to hold a Tier 4 Sponsorship licence you will need to be either a UK, European Economic Area or Swiss citizen
About the training provider
St. Bernard’s Catholic High School is a School Direct Lead with an Outstanding Ofsted grading. We are centered in a partnership of primary and secondary schools working in collaboration to provide the very best teaching to students within our local communities and beyond.
There are many school based ITT programmes to select from. St Bernard's is different and we are proud of our uniqueness. As a small school, we are passionate about training the next generation of teachers. Our staff are enthused and fully equipped to share their extensive experience, knowledge and skills to develop the very best teachers of the future. St Bernard's is a welcoming and friendly environment where all our trainees say they feel safe to learn, reflect and improve.
Specific highlights to training with us (both Primary or Secondary route) include:
- 100% of our ITTs complete their training on at least ‘good’.
- 100% of our ITTs secure jobs for their NQT year.
- Immediate immersion into school life - becoming an active member of our school, experiencing a range of classroom settings and building lasting relationships with colleagues and students.
- A focused training plan, designed by current practitioners.
- Experienced mentors who will meet weekly with you to provide supportive reflection on your progress.
- A commitment to mentoring you within the highest of Professional Standards required for Outstanding teachers.
- Weekly ‘hub’ meetings where you will undertake specific training and spend invaluable time with other ITTs to share experiences, ideas and support.
About the accredited body
St Bernard's School Direct Lead provides the Initial Teacher Training route through the School Direct programme, in partnership with the Sheffield SCITT. Both St Bernard's and The Sheffield SCITT share a passionate understanding that School-based-training provides the firmest foundation to becoming outstanding practitioners.
Whilst St. Bernard's provides leading support, training and assessment on a daily basis, the Sheffield SCITT ensures the highest quality in our provision. The benefits to this partnership include:
- Shared opportunities for weekly hub training.
- Additional opportunities for St Bernard's School Direct ITTs to network within a wider group of trainees across Sheffield Schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Those with disabilities are under-represented in the teaching profession. At St Bernard's School Direct Training we feel we have a responsibility to provide equality of access to the training programme as well as ensuring applicants have the health and physical capacity to teach.
Every individual will have different circumstances and needs and so it is impossible to generalise about the likely impact a disability could have on a potential teaching career. For this reason it is important that you get in touch with St Bernard's School Direct Training early on into the process to discuss any special arrangements you may need, and to explore the options.
St Bernard's partners with The Sheffield SCITT who has a ‘Reasonable Adjustments Policy and Procedure’. This underpins our approach and is available on request by emailing email@example.com
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St. Bernards RC High School, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S65 3BE
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