About the course
You will be based in school and treated as a member of the teaching staff right at the start of the new school term in September. On Fridays weekly academic and professional lectures take place in our lead school Challney High School for Boys in Luton.
Classroom Practice will form part of your central training where we will take you through aspects of classroom focused learning that will impact on your practical delivery in school.
Professional Practice sessions are centrally delivered where professional aspect to teaching are taught. Sessions are led by excellent and proven staff from partner schools and a variety of other education experts and will provide an induction into the major dimensions of the education debate and foster a whole school/whole curriculum perspective on the role of the teacher.
Subject Practice strand focuses on learning how to teach subject content to pupils and to improve their subject knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. Sessions are led by expert practitioners. The format includes workshops, seminars, learning through case studies and practical work. These are run weekly after school.
The PGCE content for trainees who have opted to take the PGCE academic award will be run on the assignment focus areas. These will be useful to all trainees as the learning can be applied to teaching practice in general. Some sessions will be specifically about writing at level 7 and PGCE specific details. Three assignments are set across the year in November, March and May.
Our interview process is designed to ensure that you have all the qualities that will be needed for us to train you to teach.
The first stage consists of a literacy and numeracy assessment, teaching task with self reflection and a discussion task.
If you are successful at the first stage then there will be a panel interview. At this stage secondary applicants may also sit a subject specific test to assess any need for subject knowledge enhancement.
We may also arrange for you to be interviewed in a school where you could be asked to teach a 20 minute lesson and have a brief panel interview.
How school placements work
We work with over 18 secondary upper and high schools across Luton and central Bedfordshire as well as Luton Sixth Form College.
Our course is 40 weeks long. The Autumn Term is spent in your base school with a contrasting school placement in the Spring Term. You will then return to your base school for the Summer Term to complete the course. During this time you will have the opportunity to gain experience in primary and sixth form settings.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £17,000
- a bursary of £15,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries 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.
- Honours degree 2:2 or above related to the subject you wish to teach
- GCSE Mathematics Level 4 or above
- GCSE English Language Level 4 or above
- A passion for working with children
- A sense of humour
- Dedication to excellence
- Strong command of English both orally and written
- The ability to communicate in a range of different ways
- Enhanced DBS Clearance with Update Service
About the training provider
The Chiltern Training Group (CTG) is an outstanding provider (Ofsted, 2014) of school centred initial teacher training based in Luton. It has a long heritage of training teachers and we have been at the forefront of school centred initial teacher training for over 25 years. We have a strong partnership with The Acorn Teaching School and together with its' family of schools, brings a wealth of expertise at primary level. We are part of the Chiltern Teaching School Alliance.
- Outstanding, personalised, high quality training
- Training facilitated by experts in their subjects and chosen areas
- Fantastic mentoring and school-based support
- A blended learning experience where theory and practice merge
- 'Learning on the job' to build skills and confidence
- Excellent employment and professional development prospects
A full range of training routes are offered from primary aged 3 to secondary aged 18. We believe the best place to train teachers is in schools and have access to an incredible range of different settings. Lower and Primary schools in rural settings, primary multi-ethnic urban schools, middle schools, special schools, upper and secondary high schools as well as a dedicated sixth form college.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applicants with disabilities and other needs and where possible reasonable adjustments will be made to carry out your duties and meet the standards of teaching effectively.
We pride ourselves in supporting trainees however small or large your concerns may be. Your teacher training programme will be personalised for you to reach your full potential. This includes a range of academic and professional support from the central team and your placement school as well as your mentor.
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