About the course
Our unique school direct programme maximises your time in school and in classrooms. The PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and provides an opportunity for you to reflect on the progress made by the pupils. A strength of this course is the way in which theory and practice are related as a result of extensive time spent working with children in at least two schools. Throughout the programme, you will develop an understanding of the theories that underpin good practice, observe good and outstanding teaching and reflect and evaluate your impact on pupil progress.
The programme is organised into three stages which gradually take you from the beginnings of planning and teaching to being a competent and confident, professional, reflective practitioner. Our programme focuses on the National Curriculum so that each trainee develops strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil progress. Another key strand of the programme is Professional Practice, such as effective behaviour management and understanding inclusion. We also recognise that each trainee is an individual and we will ensure that the programme is bespoke to meet individual needs as personal well-being is also very important to us.
Every aspect of the programme is led by practitioners/tutors working in our partnership schools. All of our practitioners/tutors have proven expertise in their subject and professional knowledge. We encourage a reflective approach to your learning so there is time to discuss, model and work with other trainees to share best practice you have observed.
For the award of QTS you will be assessed continuously throughout your school assessed blocks in order to show progress through the school year. The PGCE (60 Masters Level Credits) is supported by a Tutor from Leeds Trinity University and whilst you can access all the support services, resources and learning hub that a HEI can offer, your qualification is drawn directly from your work in school. There are only two PGCE assignments, carefully designed to be accessible and impact on the quality of your teaching and the children's learning in your classroom. The University tutor supports you by coming to the Leeds Hub of Exceed SCITT and offering seminars and small group tutorials.
Westerton Primary Academy is the lead school in the School Direct Partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process in partnership with Exceed SCITT.
Make sure that your application is clear and grammatically accurate. We are looking for your potential as a trainee teacher, not for someone who is already an experienced teacher. In your personal statement you might want to cover the following aspects, which we offer as a guide only.
- Your reason for wanting to teach.
- Your subject knowledge - think about the primary curriculum.
- Your experience of working with children and young people - what have you done and what did you learn?
- Your other work, voluntary or personal interests.
- Your interest in the Westerton Partnership.
All our School Direct trainees who are shortlisted for interview will be invited into one of our partnership schools. If you are asked for interview, we will provide more details about the tasks you will be asked to complete.
All our interviews have the same elements, for example:
- A classroom based teaching task, where you will be observed engaging children or young people in their learning.
- Written tasks which are designed to assess your written communication and maths skills; your capacity to access higher level study.
- Face to face interview with a panel of Headteachers or other school leaders
We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview.
How school placements work
This school direct programme specialises in working with children from 3-7 years old. Throughout this programme, the assessed teaching blocks will be in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
We select your schools based upon previous experience and individual circumstances. We are able to match your needs within the partnership schools due to the number of trainees we intend to train. You will have a minimum of two schools throughout the year and your assessed blocks will provide you with a variety of experience and teaching practice, build your confidence and classroom excellence and equip you well for the reality of your NQT year. You will be assigned a class-based mentor for each of your assessed blocks and you will be supported throughout the year by the Westerton Partnership and Exceed SCITT.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
We are offering School Direct as a fee-funded/non-salaried route into teaching and fees for the programme are applicable. Graduates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) usually take out a student loan to pay their £9000 tuition fees to Exceed SCITT. Some trainees may be eligible for a government bursary as an incentive to train to be a teacher, but the government seem to reduce these each year or increase their expectations about the class of honours degree you need to have secured before you start teacher training. Although there’s a cost, applicants need to consider the starting salary of a teacher is £23,000 and there are many options to secure promotion within a few years of qualifying. The pain of paying a loan is compensated by a good starting salary and a rewarding career.
For more information about fees and funding please visit Student Finance.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
At Exceed SCITT we want to ensure that all trainees with potential to become a teacher can access teacher training programmes.
Planning to train to be a teacher and choosing the right route into teaching for you is an exciting moment in your life. Getting the right financial advice and support is a crucial step in the decision-making process.
Staff within the partnership can offer help, support and guidance on funding the tuition fees, applying for a student loan and managing your money throughout the duration of the programme.
All applicants are required, on entry to their teacher training course, to hold the following minimum qualifications:
- Minimum 2.2 degree validated by a British University or by the CNAA, or a qualification accepted as an equivalent by the DfE.
- GCSE grade C or above and grades 4-9 at GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. (An equivalency qualification/test in science is acceptable.)
All applicants must also pass the Qualified Teacher Status Skills Tests in English and Maths before the start of the programme.
We are looking for applicants with the potential to train to teach. Individuals who are passionate and enthusiastic about children and education. A great rapport with children and a positive and reflective perspective are essential. We are looking for people that care about our schools and the communities they serve.
We are also looking for trainees with emotional intelligence, maturity, empathy and understanding of the needs of the schools and children. The following personal qualities are considered invaluable:
- Effective communication
- Strong work ethic
- Determination to succeed
- An ability to listen
We want to make sure that you have made the right choice in training to be a teacher.
- Some experience of working with children (paid/voluntary) to show that you are committed to entering this profession would support your application.
- For all ITT courses, applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
- Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report in order to meet the 'Fitness to Teach' standards.
- Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests are required - these are required prior to starting the course.
About the training provider
Westerton Partnership provides great places to train to teach and is a fully school-led route into teaching. The Westerton Partnership is a partnership of fourteen primary schools, mainly in the Morley area of Leeds. The schools within the partnership offer diversity and the trainees will engage in more than one school within the partnership.
The schools within the partnership are committed to joint collaborative working and have a long history of delivering successful school-based teacher training. We have a proven track record with 100% of the trainees that successfully complete the course recruited to the profession, many within partnership schools.
Westerton Partnership believes that a fully school-led model of teacher training is the best way to develop future teachers. All the schools are committed to their trainees' progress and you will be chosen by the schools who will invest in you as an integral and important member of their staff team. As a partnership, we have a clear commitment to growing our own teachers of the future. Staff within the partnership are our most valuable resource. Our teachers are excellent practitioners and they are keen to share professional skills, knowledge and practice with teachers of the future.
All trainees who successfully complete the course with us will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will have the opportunity to gain a PGCE at Level 7. This is an excellent springboard into the profession.
About the accredited body
SCITT is part of Exceed Academies Trust in Bradford and is an accredited provider of Qualified Teacher Status working with School Direct partners in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds. Our unique programme maximises the time spent in school and access to tutors with up to date professional practice and expertise drawn from their work in schools. We have an excellent record of supporting trainees in completing the programme for QTS and gaining employment as a newly qualified teacher; 100% are teachers in school (Sept 2018). We also have a well-established training programme for your NQT year.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a partnership of schools committed to inclusive education and challenging discrimination, we welcome applications from trainees with disabilities.
Exceed SCITT places trainee welfare at the heart of its vision and values.
“Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and Exceed Teachers at the core of our care.”
You will have regular progress meetings that include trainee wellbeing and support to ensure you can access all aspects of the training programme. For example, additional time for tasks, contact with expert tutors on the programme who can provide guidance and strategies for any individual needs.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education is an academic award with 60 Masters Level credits and is awarded by Leeds Trinity University. As a student of the University you are able to access the support services offered by the institution.
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