About the course
Primary – General (Age Range 5 - 11) - Part Time Course
Our Primary programme is focussed on the study of teaching students between the ages of 5 and 11 years in all National Curriculum subjects, with particular emphasis on English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. You will learn the principles of curriculum design, planning and delivery, theories of learning and teaching pedagogy alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children.
You will be offered a series of learning experiences linking different perspectives of primary teaching to the development of your professional skills and subject knowledge in the classroom. This will give you the opportunity to select a specialism. You will teach and qualify for the 5 - 11 age range but will also experience short EYFS and KS3 placements as well.
This course will allow you to achieve QTS and PGCE qualification at the end of a two year period. You will be expected to work 3 days a week which will comprise of : days in school, professional study sessions and self-directed study time. You will spend a minimum 140 days in school over the two years with an inclusive 6 week block placement at the end of Year 2. Fridays are mandatory and will be mainly professional study days whilst there is some flexibility with the other 2 days. Haybridge Alliance SCITT will recommend QTS and Birmingham City University will award PGCE upon successful completion of 3 assignments taken over the two years. Professional study sessions will be mainly in Worcester at The Rivers Teaching Alliance with the occasional session at Haybridge Alliance SCITT
This flexible approach means you can fit training to become a qualified teacher around other commitments, offering a more gradual introduction into the profession. You will still benefit from excellent professional study sessions and receive a high quality entitlement of provision. You will still be working towards the teacher standards and will gain QTS and PGCE at the end of the training period.
During the day, we assess different skills via various tasks. Skills assessed through individual tasks:
Time management and organisation
Interaction with students
Resilience and flexibility
Skills graded 1, 2, 3 or 4 with 1 being the highest. Scores examined as part of the decision process and used to identify areas where candidates offered a place may need additional support.
Formal interview with Primary Lead Mentor
To evaluate applicants' rationale for wanting to become a teacher and suitability to carry out the role.
Skills being assessed: resilience/flexibility/articulacy/core skills.
Applicants to prepare and deliver 30 minute activity on a specific topic with a group of students. This activity will evaluate applicants' ability to facilitate students' interaction with them and each other.
Skills being assessed: time management/organisation/interaction with students/subject knowledge/resilience/flexibility/articulacy/core skills
Subject knowledge interview
Focuses on applicants' subject knowledge together with ability to engage and inspire.
Skills being assessed: subject knowledge/articulacy
To undertake ten minute presentation with member of Senior Leadership Team on subject of “what makes an outstanding Teacher?”
Skills being assessed: time management/organisation/articulacy/core skills.
Applicants' opportunity to observe a subject specific lesson and gain insightful knowledge about teaching techniques.
Skills being assessed: interaction with students/articulacy.
Based upon lesson observation to assess applicants' literacy skills and ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.
Skills being assessed: time management/articulacy/core skills.
To assess applicants’ numeracy skills and ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.
Skills being assessed: time management/organisation/core skills
How school placements work
Trainees undertake two contrasting school placements in different schools and two different key stages along with the entitlement to experience in EYFS, a special school or behavioural unit and KS3.
We aim to place trainees no more than 30 minutes travelling distance from home. Schools and mentors are carefully selected to match the trainee requirements.
We work with many schools across Worcestershire and the West Midlands and trainees have the opportunity to visit a wide and diverse range of settings.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Tuition fees are £9250 and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and/or a means tested maintenance grant via the Student Loan Company.
There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification can be found by visiting the Department of Education website:-
All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or recognised equivalent qualification normally with a degree classification of 2.2 or higher. For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. We expect to see at least 50% of your first degree relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.
GCSE grade C/4 or above in English/Mathematics for secondary applicants.
GCSE grade C/4 or above in English/Mathematics/Science for primary applicants
Where required GCSE qualification or NARIC equivalence is not held, candidates must undertake equivalence testing
The SCITT Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before you begin your training year.
A minimum of one week of experience of working, or undertaking placement or purposeful voluntary experience in a school setting, is recommended for those applying for ITT places.
If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree. You will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country or countries that they have lived in for the past five years in order to satisfy the DBS checks.
About the training provider
Haybridge Alliance School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is based at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form and is recognised as providing exceptional teaching and learning with vast experience in delivering and supporting Initial Teacher training (ITT) courses and placements.
Haybridge High School is a well-regarded 11-18 comprehensive school with a track record for excellence including four consecutive Ofsted ratings of ‘Outstanding’. Our Alliance schools are from a range of phases operating within diverse catchment areas with different challenges.
Haybridge Alliance SCITT is the lead provider coordinating the SCITT programme and overall training experience. All secondary and primary schools in the Alliance will provide school-based placements for the training year recruited.
The quality of the programmes together with the support received by our trainees ensures that a high calibre of newly qualified teachers enter the profession.
Throughout the duration of the course a weekly programme of professional studies workshops are delivered by practising teachers from across the schools in the partnership. The focus of the programme is to address the development needs of the next cohort of teachers who will teach in our schools. A programme of subject studies is also provided and is delivered by Birmingham City University and local Specialist Leaders in Education. These sessions are designed to develop the understanding and delivery of a subject pedagogy, reviewing topics such as lesson planning and assessment. This stimulating programme of professional and subject studies explores the philosophy of education and the pedagogy associated with the teaching of a subject.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We strive to promote equal opportunities within Haybridge Alliance SCITT and Haybridge High School and Sixth Form has full access for people with all types of disabilities.
We offer bespoke support to cater for any physical, mental or learning disabilities dependent upon the needs of each trainee.
Accommodation is not available through the Haybridge Alliance SCITT and trainees will be expected to find their own accommodation for the duration of the course.
The Haybridge Alliance SCITT does not have child care facilities.
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