About the course
As a school based provider of initial teacher training, the CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. All the tutors on the course are expert, practising teachers and deliver high quality input to help trainees develop their knowledge and understanding of primary school teaching and learning. At the start of the course, trainees spend three days a week in their placement school and attend core training for the other two days of the week (mostly on a Thursday and Friday). As the course develops, four days a week are spent in school with one day on core training (usually either a Thursday or Friday). The core training takes place either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds and covers all aspects of the primary curriculum. The training also on focuses on different aspects of teaching and learning pedagogy.
Whilst in school, trainees carry out specific teaching tasks, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with children in smaller groups, or in one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment and planning; reading, writing and research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee has a mentor (usually the class teacher) with whom teaching and other tasks are planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. In addition, each trainee is assigned to one of the senior tutor team and each trainee also has a personal tutor. This provides a strong support network for the trainee throughout the course.
This course leads to the awards of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus PGCE (subject to validation).
For further details please follow the link to (https://ctsnscitt.info) or (http://www.camteach.org.uk/104/ctsn-scitt-non-salaried)
At interview you will usually be asked to teach a class for around 20-30 minutes. In addition there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.
How school placements work
We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from the their home address. You will spend the first and third terms in your 'home' school, and are placed in a contrasting school throughout the Spring term.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
£9,000, often covered with a student loan.
You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Also, you would need to have GCSE qualifications (grade C/4 or better) in Mathematics, English and Science, or a confirmed equivalent qualification.
As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.
About the training provider
The Morris TSA is a growing and successful alliance of primary and secondary schools across South and East Cambridgeshire and into Fenland. It's lead and founding school is Impington Village College (IVC), part of the Morris Education Trust. It was originally founded in the late 1930s as part of the ‘village college’ movement and we remain true to this vision of community education and learning. In recent years IVC has consistently achieved outstanding outcomes for its students and GCSE results place it in the top 5% of non-selective schools nationally. All children are valued as equally and IVC has pioneered work with inclusion and SEND.
Alongside IVC are our partners who represent a cross-section of like-minded yet diverse schools who are all deeply connected with the communities they serve. Personal, social and cultural development matters as much as academic achievement for us.
As a trainee, you would be placed in welcoming and caring schools and mentored in your development by a team of staff with a wealth of experience. A large number of our placement schools are in North Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland.
Many of the teachers who now work in our schools also trained in them - a testament not only to the ethos, values and experience enjoyed here but also the attractiveness of living within the area.
About the accredited body
The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network aims to recruit and retain high quality candidates into teaching to meet the educational needs of our local area. We offer a range of routes to suit each individual: School Direct, through our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT); Teacher Apprentices; and a PGCE (subject to validation).
The high-quality training takes place in local schools that many of our trainees go on to be employed in. The tutors delivering the training are all practising teachers, who know first hand the current developments in education from experience in their own classrooms.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website.
All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you have an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
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