About the course
The National Modern Languages SCITT training programme will provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) both of which are nationally and internationally recognised. The PGCE will be provided by Sheffield Hallam University.
The training programme will take place in a collaborative and supportive network of schools where you will gain experience in two contrasting schools and a variety of educational settings. The National Modern Languages SCITT is in partnership with excellent schools from both the state and independent sector.
Our part-time course has the same content as the full time course. In year one, you will focus on our training and gain valuable classroom experience while making progress towards QTS. In year two, you will concentrate on your PGCE and be placed in a contrasting school setting, while continuing to work towards QTS. The part-time course will be designed around your specific circumstances.
Your training has been developed in close collaboration with Modern Languages experts from schools and universities and includes ‘day schools’ where we bring together all our trainees in ML for subject specialist training. The training will be delivered by our experienced classroom practitioners in collaboration with experienced ITT lecturers and our Director who has over twenty years’ experience as a languages teacher and subject leader. She is also a German national who trained to teach in England. You will have the opportunity to explore your own subject knowledge away from the classroom. There are two clear strands to the programme: academic study and classroom practice.
We are confident that you will receive an excellent start to your teaching career with The National Modern Languages SCITT and that you will be well placed to gain employment. By joining a SCITT which is part of The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance, you will be able to access a clear path of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for excellent trainees who become Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT), Recently Qualified Teacher (RQTs) and future Middle and Senior Leaders. This is provided through our NQT training programme, Early Career Development Programme and links with the Department for Education Leadership as part of our Licensee provision for Middle and Senior Leaders. Many of these programmes provide Masters’ Level accreditation through Sheffield Hallam University which builds on the PGCE course.
The National Modern Languages SCITT will shortlist candidates using a scoring matrix and invite successful candidates for interview at one of our hub schools. The interview process will include representatives from the schools and will be a half-day to full day process. We are committed to providing a high quality experience for prospective trainees and have planned our interview days accordingly. The process may be longer than you have anticipated but the end result is that we have the best trainees training with the best schools. We will contact all successful applicants at the end of the interview day. Similarly, we will provide written feedback if we have not made an offer.
How school placements work
Each trainee will gain experience in two contrasting schools where you will be supported by a subject specific mentor in school. During the placements, there will be further training provided by the schools, University and the SCITT. Each school has a specialised programme of training put in place by a senior mentor which is designed to complement SCITT training and University academic input. Some of this will take place across phases to provide experience in the relevant Key Stages. We will tailor your timetable to meet the requirements of the part time course and will endeavour to design a programme that works for you.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Please be aware that the course fee is £6000 per annum.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French 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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
A good honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a high level of fluency in at least one modern language. High fluency in English is essential. GCSE English and Maths Grade C or above or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you may need to take The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and gain an average score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills. https://www.ielts.org/what-is-ielts/ielts-introduction
The potential to be an outstanding teacher with a passion for Modern Languages with sound subject knowledge. We would welcome applicants with an understanding of the educational context in England but will offer a programme of acclimatisation for those trainees who need to gain this experience. We are looking for applicants who have the ability to be reflective and can demonstrate good written English, personal resilience, enthusiasm, confidence and emotional intelligence. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and draw on your empathy and understanding when considering how a child learns and develops cognitively.
We would advise you to spend at least 5 days observing MFL lessons in a local secondary school to gain an insight into the teaching profession.
All our hubs offer taster days, where you can observe lessons and meet staff. Your application should include all experience you have gained in an educational setting and details of any future experience you may have planned.
As you will be working with children you will be required to complete an enhanced DBS and Health check.
About the training provider
As a result of our success recruiting and training Modern Languages teachers through School Direct, we have worked with the Department for Education to establish the first subject specific School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider for Modern Languages. The SCITT, now in its third year, is part of Chorus Education Trust which has, at its heart, Silverdale School, an outstanding school with language college status in South West Sheffield. Our learning community believe in the power of language to transform lives and to create life opportunities for all our children and all our school staff. Our passion for languages and language learning has led to the creation of a programme which will prepare all our trainees to teach languages in the state and independent sector. The National Modern Languages SCITT has established geographical hubs for the provision of training centred around a cluster of state and independent schools. Our current hub lead schools are: Bolton School, Dulwich College (London), Oundle School (Near Peterborough), St Helen and St Katharine (Abingdon/Oxford) and Silverdale School (Sheffield) with more hubs to be developed in 2019/20.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The National Modern Languages SCITT and our partners are committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If you wish to discuss how we can support you during your Initial Teacher Training or for further advice, please contact us on 0114 2357980.
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Abingdon and Oxfordshire Hub
Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1BE
Bolton School - Bolton Hub
Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4PA
Dulwich College - Dulwich/London Hub
Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD
Oundle School - Oundle Hub
Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4GH
Silverdale School, Bents Crescent, Sheffield S11 9QH
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