About the course
The AMP SCITT School Direct model is a school based, 100% teacher led training route. Many trainees go on to work within the Associated Merseyside Partnership (AMP), although there is no absolute guarantee of employment.
Key aspects of the training
- Day one in school- you start on the first day of term as a member of staff, welcomed by your fellow teaching professionals.
- Develop the skills, enthusiasm and confidence, you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities through two separate and contrasting placements
- Build your knowledge of primary education and specifically curriculum delivery for years 3-6 through working with practising teachers and the latest educational research.
- Learn about the wider role of teachers in school and child development.
- Develop as a reflective practitioner and be fully prepared for your NQT year.
This is an intense school led programme. Support is an important part of the training and you will receive personalised coaching that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential. You will receive support from;
- School Subject Coach
- School Professional Mentor/Head teacher
- SCITT Management team
- Our team of Subject Expert Practitioners for Literacy, Numeracy, Science, PE and the foundation subjects.
The course is 37 working weeks in length. During the first term you will spend 4 days a week on school placement and 1 day a week participating in our professional studies programme based at Deyes High School. This means trainees will spend up to 150 days of the course actually training in school. One of the major strengths is that the training is delivered throughout the course by practising teachers within our schools who are able to model best current practice.
During the course you will also complete a PGCE (60 Master's level credit), assessed by two written assignments. As a trainee teacher with AMP you will have full access to the Liverpool Hope University, the on-line library and student services to support your academic writing.
Assessment for the QTS award is through an e-portfolio of evidence of your teaching practise and lesson observations. There are 4 review points across the training year to support your continued development.
The initial stage of selection is reviewing your UCAS application. We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a passion for education and working with children. If you are successful, you will be invited to interview hosted at one of our partner primary schools. This is usually within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application.
The interview process will include the following:
- Tour of the School
- Opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
- An opportunity to work with students in a classroom including teaching a short lesson
- A numeracy and literacy assessment
- A prepared presentation
- Group Activity
At AMP SCITT we are looking for candidates who have a solid foundation of Mathematics and English, but it is just as important that teachers have personal attributes that will help them to relate to young children and enable them to communicate effectively. Appropriate ICT and interpersonal skills with an awareness of teaching and educational issues within primary schools is expected for a successful candidate. Based upon the activities listed above, shortlisting may occur and a panel interviews will take place for the successful candidates.
How school placements work
All trainee teachers are required to complete two contrasting school placements: with AMP SCITT the main placement is known as the Home School. In Term 2 you will experience a contrasting placement in your Away school for 6-8 weeks, returning to the Home school for the second half of term 2 and the whole of term 3. One placement will cover year 3 or 4 and the other year 5 or 6. Additionally, AMP SCITT will ensure all primary trainees experience the teaching of early reading and mathematics and visit Secondary schools to understand the importance of effective transition and the KS3 curriculum.
We have a personalised approach to placement selection. We utilise information from interview to select the most appropriate home school to allow you to develop quickly and then your away school placement is informed by your e-portfolio. For details of our 27 partner schools please review our website by clicking here. There will be some scope for trainees to have additional enrichment placements including Special Needs and pupil referral units depending upon your career aspirations and interests.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
There is also an administration fee of £60 for the DBS check.
You will be required to present certificates for:
- Honours Degree (2:2 classification or above) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
- GCSE (or equivalents) at grade C / level 5 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
- A-level ( or equivalent) grade C or above in PE/Sports Science or 50% of your degree covering sport or PE
Equivalency tests are available for applicants and we are happy to recommend suitable courses.
Overseas applicants will need a NARIC equivalency certificate. Please click for further information.
Teachers inspire, that’s just one of the qualities AMP SCITT looks for in our trainee teachers. You need to have the ability to empower students to think critically, be innovative, creative, adaptable, passionate, and flexible. Your interpersonal skills need to encourage and motivate students and you should able to solve problems, self-direct, self-reflect, and lead.
You should also be able to show current engagement in sport as a player or coach.
You are also required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. These can be completed after interview as successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place by AMPSCITT.
Although not essential applicants can benefit from relevant school experience. Click this link for further details.
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