About the course
The Science SCITT course aims to give trainees the skills they need to teach Science in our diverse, multicultural society. Due to the schools based nature of the course, our trainees work with many outstanding teachers across the alliance which means they can see first-hand how theoretical strategies, on areas such as questioning or differentiation, look in the classroom. Furthermore, the school based nature of the course allows trainees to see the different techniques used to develop their student’s practical skills whilst ensuring a safe learning environment. The course is delivered in a practical, hands-on way with the aim of continuously improving Science subject knowledge. There are days dedicated to the development of subject knowledge in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to ensure that the trainees can teach all Science’s at GCSE.
The course reflects on ways in which Science can contribute to the spiritual moral, social and cultural development of students as well as promoting British values. The course will also provide trainees with the skills necessary to enhance the literacy and numeracy skills of their students which are essential to develop well rounded Scientists for the future. Trainees will also look at different approaches to Science subject pedagogy and critically evaluate the pedagogical choices they make regarding their teaching practice. The course will also look at the progression from KS2 to KS3 in Science as well as looking forward to teaching A Level and preparing students for higher education.
Trainees are taught the knowledge and skills to meet the Teachers’ Standards by working with outstanding practising teachers. Our active sessions model effective teaching so Trainees gain practical advice not just the underpinning theory.
Our high level of collaboration between our schools supports communication, transition between placements and networking for job opportunities. Our bespoke training and very high levels of support help Trainees make rapid progress and to develop confidence
Trainees spend approximately 130 days in schools, dependent on their chosen course. Most of their time is spent in contrasting main placement schools and a variety of mini placements during which they learn about national priority areas and benefit from seeing leading practice in action.
Our cohesive course enables Trainees to work “smartly” e.g. 3 or 4 academic assignments draw on practical work in schools, all handed in straight after school holidays and all completed by Easter so they can focus on teaching.
Our interviews are all held in Red Kite partnership schools. You will be interviewed by a panel School Leaders and RKTT course directors.
The interview will consist of all or some of the following:
• Activity with pupils
• Formal interview
• Written English test – piece of writing to assess written fluency and spelling, punctuation and grammar
• Workload prioritisation activity
• Opportunity to meet current trainees
• Opportunity to meet course leaders and ask questions about the training
You will only be asked to attend one selection day and candidates are informed of the outcome within 48 hours.
How school placements work
Our school placements take place in 15 schools across Leeds, Harrogate and South Craven. All trainees undertake two main placements of approximately 60 days each. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until January. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from February until late June. Trainees will also take part in four mini placements, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.
When allocating main placements, we take into account trainee preferences, transport and location.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Red Kite Teacher Training fees are £9250 for 2019/20 courses
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Many Trainees choose to apply for student finance is order to pay their fees with a tuition fee loan.
Those who are eligible for a bursary can choose to use their bursary to pay in monthly instalments of £925 from October to July.
You can also self-finance using our monthly payment schedule
• Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).
• Secondary applicants should have a degree relevant to the subject they want to teach. We consider related A-Level qualifications where your degree is not directly related for our Maths and Physics courses.
• All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.
*or international equivalent
• Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
• Are independent, resilient and adaptable
• Are friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
• Are enthusiastic about their subject(s) and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
• Are creative and imaginative
• Have good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
• Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice
• Have high standards of spoken and written English
• Demonstrate a professional attitude
• Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach
Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is preferred and will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange school experience.
Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination: relevant forms are issued to trainees accepted for the course
Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.
Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will be given instructions about obtaining this when they are offered a place.
About the training provider
Red Kite Teacher Training is a partnership of around 40 Primary, Secondary and Special schools based in and around Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton.
We tailor our School Centred Initial Teacher Training courses to individual needs so even though our Trainees are in the classroom from day one, they will only be teaching when they and their progress leader feel you are ready to do so. This approach gives our Trainees the best possible start to their teaching career. By being part of your placement school from day one they will be viewed as a colleague rather than a student during their placements.
Our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by Red Kite and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the University of Leeds. All our Trainees have access to student facilities and support at the University of Leeds, including sports facilities, accommodation services, learning resources and student support services.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.
If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.
Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.
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