About the course
This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of biology. Culcheth Campus, in partnership with Alliance For Learning SCITT offers trainees the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and experienced practitioners from day one of the course. Over 150 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training and audits will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the biology curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4. Trainee timetables are designed to increase in size and complexity over the training year, but trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support is met.
All trainees gain experience of both key stage 2 (upper primary) and Key stage 5 (post 16).
Trainees are assessed through their mentor and and the wider partnership team at Culcheth Campus and Alliance For Learning. Observations of teaching form a large portion of the assessment process, with a range of opportunities for trainees to reflect on their progress against the teachers’ standards (2012). Trainees reflect on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. This process is summarised through a moderation interview at the end of the course. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the teachers’ standards.
Throughout the course trainees receive face to face training in pedagogy and subject knowledge. This training is delivered by current practitioners and takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning, enabling trainees to adapt their own learning for the context of their placement schools. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Culcheth High School and Altringham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place in partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
Applicants undertaking the PGCE programme are expected to complete four written assignments leading to 60 M level credits.
“The high quality face-to-face training, assignments and placements combine to give trainees a firm basis on which to develop their skills and knowledge” Ofsted 2017
“Employers of trainees comment very favourably on the significant improvements in trainees’ expertise and knowledge, brought about by their training” Ofsted 2017
Following an application that meets our criteria, a recruitment day will be arranged at Culcheth Campus. This day will included the following elements:
A short pupil-based activity where we ask you to prepare and teach for around 15 minutes
An interview with staff from the Culcheth Campus and the wider SCITT partnership
A knowledge audit to ascertain your needs
A written communication task
How school placements work
This course leads to qualified teacher status (11-16). All secondary placements are arranged through an A-B-A model. This means that trainees will be placed at their teaching practice one school for the winter term, and then teach in a contrasting school from January to April. Following Easter, trainees will return to their main placement school until the end of June. Placement schools are chosen through a number of factors, including prior experience, training needs and location We do not expect anyone to be traveling for more than an hour to their placement schools, and usually it is much less.
Face to face training takes place on Fridays. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place at Culcheth Campus alongside our partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Applicants who are not British citizens or a citizen of one of the EEA (European Economic Area) countries will need a visa to study in the UK. More details can be found from the Home Office
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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 UK degree of classification 2.2 or higher (we may consider experience applicants with a 3rd class degree for a QTS only programme).
You should be able to demonstrate how approximately 50% of your degree course is relevant to the subject you wish to teach.
At least 3 GCSEs grade A*-C (4 or better) with GCSE grade C or above in both English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications)
A passion for the subject you wish to teach
The potential to train to teach
Excellent subject knowledge
Applicants must produce a well written and clear personal statement that sets out how they meet the course requirements. The personal statement is part of the application process.
All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this included a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.
Some applicants may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.
Full admissions policy can be found at: http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/scitt/policies/
About the training provider
Culcheth High School is an innovative and forward-thinking school that puts professional development at the heart of everything that we do in our school community. We believe that investing in the next generation of teachers is crucial to our success and is key to serving our local community. Being a Lead School for Schools Direct provides us with the opportunity to create a unique evidence-based approach to teacher training. Working in partnership with the Alliance for Learning and the prestigious University of Manchester means that you will receive a broad and balanced training experience, collaborating with a team of highly experienced, passionate and dedicated teachers and leaders who will guide and support you through the most exciting, challenging and inspiring teacher training experience. You will be immersed in a culture of high quality, evidence-informed teaching practice, providing you with the opportunity to make informed choices about your own teaching practices, enabling you to grow and develop as an outstanding teacher. You will explore in depth the principles of cognitive science and psychology so that you can understand how students learn and consider how this translates into classroom pedagogy. You will receive a well-thought-out programme of SEND, wellbeing, mental health and safeguarding training, delivered by expert practitioners, providing you with a holistic approach to life as a teacher.
About the accredited body
The Alliance for Learning SCITT is a dynamic, high-quality teacher training provider offering a range of school-based routes into teaching. The Alliance For Learning's reputation for high quality training is built on the passion and expertise of our trainers. Our training is designed for all stages of your career http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/cpd/introduction/. Judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’, the Alliance for Learning SCITT has a proven track record of providing outstanding teacher training for over 10 years.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Culcheth Campus is an inclusive provider who endeavours to support the needs of all candidates. Please contact us if there is anything in particular you would like to discuss.
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