About the course
This ITT course is school-based, a blend of school-led training, independent study and training provided by e-Qualitas. The training modules cover: planning for learning; managing pupils' behaviour; assessing learning; learning for all including high-attainers, EAL, those with special educational needs; overcoming barriers to learning; cross-curricular issues; effective teaching of the subject. There are two assignments: one on learning for all, one on effective subject teaching. Our trainees spend most of their time in school. They move from co-teaching with experienced staff to independent teaching (with support and advice from other teachers). Most trainees are teaching about a 50% timetable by a third of the way through their course, rising to 60% in the middle term, and rising again in the final term. A 6-week placement in a contrasting school usually takes place in the middle of the training period. Trainees attend about 10 training days in central London (near Fenchurch Street). The course resources on our VLE are for independent study and to support the in-school trainers. A tutor from e-Qualitas visits for a whole day each half term. Assessment is on-going, with self-assessment, 5-weekly assessment points for the in-school trainers' assessments and feedback, and tutor assessments. The final assessment for QTS is verified by an eQ tutor who has not been previously involved in the trainee's training. The course adapts flexibly to trainees' circumstances because we have rolling recruitment: a cycle of training days starts each term for the group of full-time trainees starting then. This enables part-time trainees and any trainees who have to take time out of the course (eg because of illness) to attend the days that they need each term.
The interview process will consist of the applicant planning and delivering a lesson to a group of students.
This will then be followed by an interview.
The first interview is by the school that is interested in having the applicant as a student teacher. If the applicant is successful, the school's feedback enables e-Qualitas to make a conditional offer of a place. This is confirmed after (a) the skills tests have been passed and any other conditions have been met, and (b) an e-Qualitas tutor has visited the school. The tutor checks that the applicant is indeed suitable for entry to initial teacher training, checks that the school will make appropriate arrangements for the in-school training, and works out the individualised training plan.
How school placements work
Schools that e-Qualitas has worked with are in London, the area around London, and further afield. As each trainee is based in one school for the majority of the training period, it is vital that the trainee and the school are a good 'fit'. Applicants should bear this in mind when being interviewed for a place with e-Qualitas. We are happy to consider working with schools that are new to our partnership ie applicants can find a school that's local to them. Applicants who identify the school in which they hope to train must ask the school to contact e-Qualitas for a discussion about what their responsibilities will be and to explore their capacity to train the applicant well. Most trainees focus on teaching the 11-16 age range for QTS assessment, though they should have some sixth form experience eg in the second school placement. A few trainees focus on the 14-18 age range, though they should have some Key Stage 3 experience too.
The salary paid will be on the Unqualified Payscale.
We do pay Inner London, which ranges from £21,641 pa - £31,644pa.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
GCSE grade C / 4 or better in English and mathematics. Higher grades are strongly preferred. A bachelor's degree in the subject, or related to the subject. A 2.1 honours degree is preferred; those with a 2.2 honours degree are considered. Applicants with less than a 2.2 honours degree are considered if there is strong evidence that the class of degree under-represents his or her capacity to become an excellent teacher.
The e-Qualitas course suits trainees who are independent learners who are self-motivated and able to manage their time well. They need to be reflective and analytical, with really good inter-personal skills. They have to want to become an excellent teacher so that the pupils they teach do really well at school. We also look for the attributes that make for success in the classroom eg strong subject expertise, flexibility, purposefulness, creativity, the capacity to learn from experience.
Featherstone High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicants will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). References will need to be seen before any offer of employment is made.
About the training provider
At Featherstone High School, our students continue to achieve excellent GCSE results and we are regularly placed in the top 10% of schools in the country for progress they make. Our Sixth Form was placed in the top 5% of schools in the country for progress made between GCSE and A levels last year. This exceptional performance has allowed increasing numbers of students to attend some of the top universities in the country.
Featherstone High School is a warm and hardworking community striving for excellence in all we do. We want children to leave school having maximised their academic progress but also to really enjoy learning.
Featherstone High is one of a small number of schools nationally to have been approved by the DfE as a “Sponsor.” This special status means we are able to access government grants to provide support to other
schools. In addition, we are one of very few schools nationally that have recently been awarded the Platinum award for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for the highly effective CPD and training of staff across all levels of the school. We value professional development as a key component to ensure highly effective teaching and learning to give students a rich and rewarding education, filled with exciting and unique possibilities. Our investment in CPD and highly effective teacher training has resulted in outstanding teaching and learning by inspirational teachers who are motivated and passionate about their subjects. Students, irrespective of ability, are stretched and supported with their achievements celebrated.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our aim is to know each child well in order to support and guide them
so that they make good progress. We have a team dedicated to each year
group in the school and they are the primary provider of pastoral care
and guidance. At Featherstone we strongly believe that every student
should be sufficiently challenged and supported to achieve their very
best and that their successes are celebrated.
Students with additional needs are identified early, taught in small classes and supported by a full-time teaching assistant in class. There
is also a team of learning mentors who support those with social issues
that are affecting their learning. Students receive careers advice
and guidance as they progress up key stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) to 4 (Years 9 to 11) and eventually 5 (6th form) through our extensive careers
education programme, small group tutorials and access to independent
and impartial connexions advice.
Our Student Services department allows continuous support for all students throughout the day for issues relating to medical, social and emotional Well-Being related issues. We have a team of trained First Aiders, Mental Health aiders, a school nurse and a school counselor who are always on hand to support all student needs.
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Featherstone High School
11 Montague Waye, Southall, London, Middlesex UB2 5HF
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