About the course
The School Direct Fee Funded route into teaching is exactly the same as School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). This is a very practical route into teaching, offering hands on teaching experience from the very beginning, that is facilitated by fully qualified, practising teachers. Through the SCITT you will be supported by an experienced class based mentor to ensure you develop and grow into an outstanding teacher. In addition to this, the SCITT will also provide you with a Quality Assurance Tutor who will regularly visit you and provide constructive feedback and support.
You will be based in a school on average four days a week, learning from the experts and seeing first hand how to be an outstanding teacher; approximately once a week you will attend centre based training in Lincoln, which is led by current teachers in the partnership and experts in their field.
You will start with your ‘host school’ in September, and remain with them until the end of the course in July; except for when you undertake a contrasting 6 week second school placement, and when you complete your one week special school/PRU experience. Therefore, because you spend so much time in school, you will build fantastic relationships with the children in your class and embed your understanding of the primary curriculum and progression.
We can GUARANTEE that all your school placements will take place within your local area.
You will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and will upload evidence to our online portal to show that you are meeting these Standards. A visiting QA Tutor will meet with you and your mentor regularly to reflect on your progress and advise you on how to improve your evidence. Evidence will comprise of the activities you do weekly in school (lesson plans, observations etc) and expectations for this evidence will be explained to you at the start of the course.
If you choose to complete the QTS only course, you will complete 2 assignments and submit these to East of England Teacher Training Centre who will mark these at level 6 equivalent.
If you choose to complete the QTS and PGCE course, you will complete 3 assignments and submit these to our University partner (University of Hull), who will mark these at level 7. The University of Hull will travel to Lincoln to deliver training sessions, you will not need to travel to Hull.
Applications will be screened and suitable candidates will be shortlisted to attend an interview. EoETTC offer a free ‘checking’ service, where they will give you feedback on your personal statement before you apply. If selected for interview, EoETTC will provide you with full information regarding the interview process, so you feel confident and well informed to attend. All interviews will be held in a school and you will be expected to teach children as part of the interview process.
You will be interviewed by a panel (usually a panel of 2) which usually consists of head teachers of schools in your local area or senior leaders from the schools and may include the head of SCITT too.
At the end of the interview, if you are successful, you will be offered a conditional place and rang that day to discuss the interview and the outcome. All trainees are set targets from interview, so we can keep in touch with you.
School availability in the trainee’s local area will be discussed with trainees following the interview process. Trainees will then attend orientation visits to our schools, so they can choose which schools suits them the best and the schools can select a trainee that matches their needs. If the head teacher of a school was not present at interview, they may ask you to teach in school as part of this visit, but you will be informed of this in advance.
How school placements work
Following a successful school orientation visit, your host school will be agreed with you and the school. We would encourage all trainees to then continue to develop this relationship with their host school and visit them as much as you feel able to, so you get to know one another. The more you get to know the systems and routines of your host school, the smoother your transition can be at the start of your training year.
Placement schools are guaranteed to be within your locality (e.g if your live in Grantham, your school placements will be in Grantham). Full Schools lists can be found on: https://www.eoettc.com/school-partnerships
As the course is school based you will have 2 placements; your host school, and a 6 week second school placement. We follow the ‘ABA’ model, meaning you start in your host school, complete your second school visit and then return to your host school.
You will also undertake a 1 week special school/PRU experience.
Whilst the course is a Primary (3-11) course, you will have the choice of choosing to specialise in 3-7 years or 5-11 years. Your school teaching experiences will take place within this chosen age range.
If you were a 5-11 trainee and you were in year 4 with your host school, your second school placement would take place in KS1. You will fully explore your age phase during the year by undertaking observations, training and experiences in other year groups.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You will need at least a GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent in Mathematics, English Language and a Science.
You will also need an honours degree to satisfy entry requirements. This can be in any field and we will accept applicants with any degree classification, including a third.
We are looking for passionate, exceptional individuals who want to truly inspire future generations. If you are a practical learner who likes to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in, then this is the course for you! Our trainees spend on average 40 more days in the classroom than other University based routes, meaning you are better prepared for your NQT year. Our continued 100% employability rate reflects this. If you are an ambitious, creative learner and want to discover your true potential to be an inspirational primary teacher then you are the person for us!
Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS and other safeguarding checks.
Please be aware that central training is in Lincoln, so if you live outside of this region you will need to travel to training. However, we do encourage trainees to car share where possible.
About the training provider
The Grantham and South Lincolnshire Partnership work with a range of schools.
We passionately believe that the best place to train to be a teacher is in a school (it seems obvious!), so we work with like minded professionals to ensure that trainees receive the BEST in school training, to ensure they are fully prepared to be an outstanding teacher.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be trained and supported by experienced teachers in outstanding and supportive school environments, where you will be a valued part of a staff team and have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the life of the school from day one.
The diversity of our partnership of schools can offer you many different experiences: working in a special school, small rural primary schools, large urban primary schools and junior and infant schools.
Trainees have stated that they feel very well supported and prepared for the next phase of their career. Testimonials from 2017-18 trainees: https://www.eoettc.com/about-us/testimonials
About the accredited body
East of England Teacher Training Centre (EoETTC) lead innovative school based Teacher Training to allow trainees to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) with the option of also gaining a PGCE.
They are passionate about what they do and about making a difference to the lives of the children within schools.
EoETTC are unique to other local providers as they organise a special school or PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) experience for our trainees, as they believe that all trainees need a well-rounded and REAL experience of how to support children with additional needs.
Training with disabilities and other needs
EoETTC have worked with trainees with a range of disabilities. After recruitment, they ask trainees to complete a ‘Fitness to teach’ Questionnaire which asks if any adjustments are required. EoETTC will then work closely with the trainee to make adjustments where we possibly can (for example, PowerPoint presentations in advance or printed on coloured paper).
Declaring any disabilities will not disadvantage trainees and their application; we will work with you to make any appropriate adjustments and make sure that you are placed in a supportive training environment.
As a smaller provider, EoETTC can regularly ensure that these adjustments are maintained and re-assessed, to ensure that your needs are continually met.
Disability access and provision are in accordance with legal requirements in all our settings. Some settings have further specialist provision and further details can be acquired by contacting the individual setting via their website contact details.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Little Gonerby C of E Infant School
Sandon Road, Grantham NG31 9AZ
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