About the course
St Bernards School Direct Training works in collaboration with The Sheffield SCITT. We are committed to providing quality first teacher training. We continually develop and review our programme of study to make it current and relevant so you receive the best 'on the job' training possible.
This course will entail 4 days in school. During time in school you will be guided by an experienced mentor. One day per week you will join other teacher trainees at The SCITT's Primary Hub Training which is a core feature to the course. Here, you will receive high quality training on all aspects of the Teacher Standards including: teacher presence, behaviour management, planning and teaching effective lessons, and how to really stretch and challenge students.
There are three formally assessed teaching practices throughout the year. You will begin, and spend the majority of the year, in your ‘Home School’ and there will be the opportunity to complete one teaching practice in a contrasting primary school, in an alternate Key Stage.
Our PGCE is delivered through the University of Hull. You will spend approximately 3 days over the year with your tutors from the University of Hull.
Whilst you are able to state a preference for the year group you will like to be based within, it must be noted that training will be experienced across both Key 1 and Key Stage 2 so that you gain an insight and develop skills across a broad training programme.
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) within the Primary school setting. This will be one of our Catholic Primary Schools.
- A teacher reflection activity.
- An interview with a panel that includes the a St Bernards Senior representative along with a Primary specialist. (Panel information will be communicated prior).
- We also ask you to sit mock numeracy and literacy papers to help us identify if you will need support before you start your ITT course.
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
You will spend most of the training year in your 'Home School' which may be the school you were interviewed at, or one of our partner schools. You can express a preference for your Home School based on location, preference for the type of school or a personal connection to a community you want to serve but we cannot guarantee to meet everyone's preference.
There is also a short alternative placement in a contrasting partner school in the middle of the training year and a brief experience in the phase (primary or secondary) you are not training to teach in. It would be sensible for trainees to base themselves within commutable distance of their Home School so these are finalised with you before the Summer holidays prior to your September start.
We make every attempt to make sure the alternative placement school is in an accessible location but it may involve a few weeks of travelling further to get that all important contrasting experience in the right school for you.
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 may 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 to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Our Lady and St. Joseph's Wath
Fitzwilliam Street, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham S63 7HG
St. Bede's Catholic Primary School. Kimberworth
Wortley Road, Rotherham S61 1PD
St. Gerard's Catholic Primary School, Thrybergh
Park Nook, Doncaster Road, Thrybergh S65 4AE
St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham S65 2NU
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