About the course
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education foregrounds evidence informed practice. Centre-based sessions are, whenever possible led by school based colleagues in one of our teaching classrooms, either at Keele University (ST5 5BG) or at our Staffordshire Hub (new from September 2019) or Seabridge Primary School (ST5 3PJ). All our classrooms are set up for young children to be taught within it as well as yourselves. The rooms are fully equipped and you will have access to an extensive set of resources to support all curriculum areas within early years, primary and special needs education. Many of these can be loaned to you whilst on placement.
Whilst our programme trains you to become a General Primary Practitioner, we are delighted also to offer specialisms. Our specialisms include, Early Years (PGCE with QTS), English and the Connected Curriculum, Foreign Languages, Geography and History, Mathematics (specialism NOT specialist), Physical Education, Science
We also offer Pedagogy and SEND (5-11) programme with our subject specialisms (excluding Early Years). Trainees will benefit from experience across 2 placements, a combination of mainstream and special school settings. We are very excited by this highly innovative, successful and much needed programme. More information can be found on our website; if you are interested in enriching your specialism with a Special Educational Needs focus then please have a look at our programme offered through the Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance (1JA).
If you are interested in applying for our part-time route, you will need to select this at the point of application. If in doubt, please just contact us on either 01782 432537 or via email.
The Early Years Specialism is for you, if you are particularly interested in early learning and child development. The Early Years (EY) is a unique phase of education which involves framing first hand learning opportunities both inside and outdoors in relation the curriculum and children’s prior experiences. Your sessions will enable you to become familiar with the requirements and expectations of both the Early Years phase and Key Stage 1. You will come to recognise that Key Stage 1 is also a distinctive and important part of a child's educational experience. This is the time when children develop a curiosity to learn more, including engaging with reading, applying their mathematical knowledge and making sense of how the world works. We will enable you to lead learning so that you can improve outcomes for children.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education co-ordinates recruitment across the partnership. Initially we review your UCAS Teacher Training application to ensure that you meet our entry requirements and that your personal statement reflects the capabilities and experiences that we are looking for. If your application meets these stringent criteria then you will be invited to a half day interview session which will take place in one of our partnership schools. You will be hosted by both a member of the SCITT team and a senior school-based colleague. If you have applied for our SEND Pathway (see Blackfriars) then you will be interviewed within one of our special school settings. During this afternoon interview session you will be invited to teach a 15 minute learning sequence to a class that relates to your specialism.
We recognise that this is a demanding process. It is one that involves considerable commitment from you. Our experience suggests that this rigorous process enables us to best match applicants to the places available. Ours is an intense, high quality programme and we need to both assure ourselves, and give you the confidence, that you are best placed to make the most of the opportunities that we have on offer. As a former trainee said 'The course gives you amazing learning opportunities. The staff really help you to gain an understanding of all aspects of teaching. Not just the teaching but with wider aspects of school life.' This is something that we pride ourselves in.
How school placements work
We work closely with several Teaching School Alliances and clusters of School Direct schools. You will be able to benefit from placements in two of these settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering your pupils an appropriately high quality curriculum, one that both engages and excites them.
If you are on our Early Years specialism or our SEND pathway then your first placement will be in an EY or SEND environment and your second placement will be in a mainstream primary school.
Placement schools are carefully selected for you, and may involve some travel. Across the course we endeavour to minimise travel, though you may have to travel for up to an hour from your home address– note that we do not pay travel expenses.
During the ‘Initial Phase’ you attend the SCITT for two days and your school for three days. The Initial Phase is a gradual introduction into teaching and learning. You will then build up to a teaching commitment of 50% of a class timetable. Individual’s timetable will vary, but in terms of proportions, the following is a guide. Approximately 25% English, 25% maths, 25% science and 25% Foundation subjects (preferably including your specialism, if appropriate).
Your second placement is undertaken in a different school, following successful completion of your first placement. During this final placement, you will benefit from being ‘in class’ 75% of the time, 60% will involve you in leading the teaching and 10% - 15% can be team teaching and/ or small group work, including for example the Switch on Reading or SEND interventions. In your very final weeks your percentage teaching time will increase to be equivalent to the expectations of an NQT so that you are truly job ready! In these final few weeks there may be the opportunity for you to undertake an enrichment placement that enables you to develop a particular develop aspect of your teaching.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.
- At least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent).
- GCSE in English Language, Science and Mathematics at Grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).
- The relevance of an Honours degree content and /or A Levels and / or experience in relation to the chosen specialist subject(s).
- In respect of applicants from outside the United Kingdom, a NARIC verification will inform the judgement as to the suitability of the degree.
- Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education seeks candidates who are passionate about the transformative power of the primary phase of education and who are reflective and resilient people. We value candidates who are well-organised and who relate well to others. A strong feature of the course is the collaborative community that forms between the trainees and between the schools. Your peers will form a bedrock of support as you realise your ambition to become an excellent and informed Newly Qualified Teacher. Through the SCITT we are also able to offer you support during your NQT year.
- A medical report which is deemed satisfactory.
- A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT partnership.
- If you are applying for either our Primary programme or Primary Pedagogy and SEND programme, prior experience is often desirable as it can help you decide whether teaching is for you and it can help strengthen an application. If you would welcome such an opportunity do get in touch with us or look out for our Back to School or Insights days.
About the training provider
School Direct places (PGCE with QTS) are available through our cluster of schools who offer initial teacher education in partnership with Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE). We value this opportunity to support the next generation of teachers. We are pleased to invest in our mentors so that they can invest in you. This is a privilege for us. Our schools are varied, enabling you to benefit from contrasting placements, but they all share the same high standards in relation to supporting your initial teacher education. We are looking forward to welcoming you into our partnership.
About the accredited body
KNSTE is an outstanding provider (2017) who works in close partnership with their schools and school direct clusters. The programme is designed and managed by local headteachers and senior school leaders. They are relentless in pursing excellence in teaching so that the pupils in our school communities benefit from passionate and effective teaching. Evidence is used to inform and challenge school-based practice for the benefit of all. In this way your school and SCITT sessions are intertwined. We have been thrilled to employ previous trainees and are delighted that KNSTE has sustained its high recruitment, retention and employment rates.
Training with disabilities and other needs
It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers who value supporting trainees who also come to us with a range of prior experiences and needs. We enable you to take as seriously as ourselves issues related to inclusion, equity and social justice.
Keele University and our school based teaching rooms have full access. Applicants who would benefit from additional support in relation to access should let us know on their application so that we can facilitate appropriate placements. We regularly support trainees with a variety of needs including for example dyslexia and dyspraxia, and find that they are able to thrive on our course. At the start of the programme you will all have the opportunity to disclose any needs that they may have so that the appropriate support can be put into place.
Your mental health and well-being is a prime concern of ours. On the course you will be enabled to support others and so we will ensure that you are aware of how we can help you to meet your own needs so that you can thrive and enjoy our amazing profession.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher have an Assistant Director who is pleased to be responsible for student welfare and also acts as the enabling coordinator. She can assist students in accessing the various excellent support services offered by Keele University. More information can be found at https://www.keele.ac.uk/students/supportingyou/.
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