About the course
Trainees on the School Direct tuition fee route will be in a classroom working with experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week. The mentor and class teacher are often the same person.
The course is full time with a series of training sessions and workshops covering all aspects of teaching the primary curriculum subjects, which compliments the in school experience provided. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners, some of whom work in our excellent partner schools. They will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching lessons effectively in a primary school.
As part of the programme trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. As the year progresses they will spend an increasing amount of time in school and by the summer term will be based at their placement school full time. Trainees will spend some time in a special school and have focus days to enhance their expertise and understanding of SEND.
A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees' subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, the partnership recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees will also be able to study for a PGCE alongside QTS, this will be dependent upon the qualification criteria being met.
Trainees will be required to pay tuition fees and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans. Trainees may also be eligible for a training bursary.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview. The interview will take place at a partner school and involve staff from both SAF ITT and one or more partner schools.
Please note that the venue of your interview has no bearing on the school you will be placed in should you be successful.
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.
How school placements work
Trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. These placements could vary from nursery to year 6. In addition trainees will spend some time in a special school.
Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account their geographical location and individual needs.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Candidates are required to have:
- GCSE or equivalent qualification, at Grade C/level 4 or above in English, mathematics and science
- A lower second class degree, or above or equivalent. We would also consider a third class degree for candidates who demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching
SAF ITT, as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.
Candidates should be aware of contemporary issues in education.
- Declaration of any convictions declared on your UCAS application
- An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
- A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a place
- Satisfactory clearance for registration
About the training provider
Acorns TSA offers a small cohort working closely on a bespoke programme individualised to your needs. Work onsite in an outstanding nursery school setting with support from experienced mentors, offering the opportunity to gain hands on experience. Our programme offers a unique opportunity to work closely with a small cohort of trainees within a supportive environment with a particular emphasis on the 3 - 7 age range. However there is an opportunity to train across the full primary age range.
This high quality teacher training is based in local schools with input from our own vastly experienced early years heads and teachers. We work closely with experienced EYFS practitioners recognised by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’. Successful trainees will obtain QTS status. In addition to this you will also study for a PGCE.
About the accredited body
Our accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training is SAF ITT. With SAF ITT, you will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools. They pride themselves in being able to offer a personalised training programme with a journey that begins as soon as you contact them.
The courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers.
Trainees will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment, and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for teaching.
Training with disabilities and other needs
What do we mean by disability?
The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Holwell Road, Welwyn Garden City AL7 3RP
Support and advice
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