About the course
The Teaching Futures course is a specialist career-changer only salaried route. Teaching Futures is part of Lighting up Learning, a specialist group of teaching professionals focused on changing the way people think about leading and learning.
Career-changers are people who have worked continuously for at least three years and do not hold a UK teaching qualification. It is a highly practical route very much focused on practice-based training in schools from the end of August to end of June, although those trainees offered jobs are expected to work until the end of the academic year.
Our course is Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only route without PGCE.
Having personal experience of being career-changers we understand the implications of leaving an existing profession. Our course is tailored to up-skill trainees quickly and assumes participants have no teaching experience however, previous experience of being in schools is required.
We are committed to diversifying the next generation of role models, teachers and leaders entering the profession from groups such as BME and men in Primary.
Trainees spend Mondays in our training space or different settings around Bristol such as museums or sports centres, receiving training from specialists. Tuesday to Friday, trainees are in one school and one classroom for the majority of the year, aiming to become the class teacher before Easter at the latest. There is a short placement in another setting during Term 3.
Many of our partner schools use Curious-city, a localised, enquiry-led version of the National Curriculum. We use our Curious-city partnerships and specialists across the region to deliver a distinct, unique and practical experience.
Schools looking to appoint Teaching Futures Salaried School Direct trainees are interested in growing their own teachers. Being trained in Curious-city, mastery-led learning and cognitive development means our trainees are in prime position to gain posts as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) on successfully obtaining QTS. It also means our relationship with trainees continues into their NQT year.
Our entire programme, from developing subject knowledge to mentoring is delivered by practicing teachers/headteachers. We are a satellite of the CLF Institute, we have chosen to work together as they are dedicated to creating confident, skilled professionals and we are pedagogically aligned. Whilst the Teaching Futures course is distinct, trainees will have many opportunities to meet and work with participants from other courses.
More information on the Teaching Futures course is available here lightinguplearning
The selection process is two fold. Initially, after attending an information evening, having had some experience in primary schools and applying via UCAS, we invite the potential trainee to join us for a one to one discussion; it is not a formal interview with teaching tasks as such. We want to ensure that trainees are right type of person for our course.
As a small cohort of only 10 to 12 career-changers, the group becomes very close and we have to ensure the potential trainee is not only the right person for the course, but for the team and more importantly, for our schools. The more we get to know each candidate in the initial interview stage the better we can match them to the schools we have.
The second stage is a school suitability one, and can be several weeks after the initial interview. After matching the trainee to a school, the trainee and Programme Leader meet the Headteacher for a interview. Whilst formal, this again is more about suitability than knowledge of the education system. There will be an activity involving children which will be observed. This is likely to be a reading or group work activity and is simply there to gauge how the trainee interacts with children of that school.
How school placements work
As this is a salaried route, you will be employed by one school and spend the majority of the year in class in that school.
Trainees spend Mondays in our training space, or being trained by specialists in different settings around the city such as a museum, art gallery or sports centre. From Tuesdays to Fridays, trainees are in one classroom, in one school for the majority of the year, with the aim of becoming the class teacher, taking full responsibility for the class, by Easter at the latest.
All trainees must complete teaching practice in a minimum of two placement settings. There is a short, second school/complementary placement in another setting and age phase in Term 3 and we typically try
to simply swap trainees around. This guarantees that the schools are committed to supporting trainees on their additional placements.
Teaching Futures is a paperless organisation and as such everything we do is streamlined to reduce workload and excess use of paper. How we monitor and track trainee progress is no different. Trainees engage in a series of tasks, planning and assessments throughout the year to create bundles of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards. These, along with weekly observations and reviews, are used to help trainees and Programme Leaders guide the progress of all. This process is highly supported and whilst there are six formal assessments points throughout the year, self and peer review happen each and every week.
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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.
You will be a graduate, with at least a Bachelor's (Honours) degree, minimum 2:2 or equivalent (3rd class will be considered).
You will also need strong passes (grade C/4+) in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. Recommended equivalence tests may be considered. You will need to show your original certificates at interview.
You will have at least two weeks (10 days) of prior experience working in a primary school as a volunteer or existing role.
If your qualifications or degree are from outside the UK you should apply to NARIC to check equivalence.
You should be:
- A highly reflective, emotionally intelligent person, ready to be‘trained’ again, by experienced professionals
- Adaptable, flexible and able to respond to feedback and mentoring
- Able to work well in a team whilst also be self-starter and resilient
- Well supported by family and friends and entering into this knowingly, fully aware of the intensity such a course will entail.
- Able to demonstrate the commitment and resilience needed to become a highly effective teacher and lifelong learner.
You will need to complete successful Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) and prohibition checks and will require appropriate ID and documents for this.
You will be required to provide a full employment history and satisfactory references supporting your suitability to work with children/young people, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance for safer recruitment.
The selection process will include a face-to-face interview.
You will be asked to complete an Occupational Health form/self-declaration about your fitness and wellness to teach.
You will need to pass the QTS Skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
About the training provider
The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) is an exciting and inspiring place to train. We are a mature Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in the South West, with 16 Academies, incorporating 8 Primary, 6 Secondary, an all-through 4-19 setting and a 14-19 Studio School, as well as post-16 and alternative provision in primary and secondary phases. The CLF employs over 1500 staff and we educate approximately 9000 children and young people. Our contexts include urban, inner-city, suburban, rural and coastal catchment areas in geographically local clusters serving Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The CLF Institute is the centre for our SCITT, Teaching School Alliance and the Boolean Maths Hub. The CLF Institute provides a continuum of professional development for staff at all career stages; from Initial Teacher Training, support for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT), recently qualified teachers, emerging leaders and researchers, middle, specialist and senior leaders, Headteachers and governors.
The CLF is sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol); we work in partnership with UWE Bristol for the PGCE qualification for our SCITT trainees.
As a MAT providing 3-19 education, our trainees have opportunities for teaching within and beyond the phases/key stages that they are training to teach. There are often employment opportunities within the CLF and our partnership schools.
We recognise the need to recruit and train excellent teachers to work in schools in our region to support the aspirations, progress and achievement of all children including those in the most challenging circumstances.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The CLF SCITT programme is inclusive and personalised to meet the needs of every trainee. As a schools- based provision we have access to expertise within our partnership schools around meeting all specific educational needs and can provide reasonable adjustment for disabilities. Our trainees have access to study and occupational health support as required. A characteristic of our training programme, afforded by our scale and school-centred context, is the pastoral and individual support that we can provide to ensure that every trainee's needs are met.
CLF SCITT trainees who undertake the PGCE award have access to the full range of student support provision from the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.
CLF SCITT trainees have access to an online training package through our subscription to EduCare.
Salaried trainees employed within the CLF have access to our Employee Assistance Programme.
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CLF Institute, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol BS5 9JH
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