About the course
Secondary SCITT trainees spend a full-time year teaching and training in schools, but also attend provider-led lecture/workshop sessions to enhance understanding of the Secondary curriculum, the trainee's main subject, general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy.
Centralised training days cover content such as Behaviour Management, an Environment for Learning, Planning and Differentiation, Diversity, Inclusion and SEND, Assessment, Improving Classroom Practice, ICT and e-safety and Lifelong Literacy (SPAG). This is supplemented by opportunities to observe other teachers in a range of school settings and to undertake a variety of school based training enhancements.
All trainees submit three assignments throughout the year as an integral part of the teaching and assessment programme:
- A School Based Independent Study (a Child Study)
- Teaching and Learning through a Scheme of Work
- Effective Assessment
Trainees are continually assessed on their developing teaching ability, demonstrated through their impact on pupil progress, through an ongoing process of observation and feedback by their school based trainers and mentors. Final assessment is made on a trainee's ability to exceed the minimum level of the Teachers' Standards to a good or outstanding standard and to provide evidence, over the course of the year, to show how this has been done.
After UCAS application, suitable candidates are invited to a selection event at Educate Teacher Training's central Training Centre in Grantham.
The selection event will consist, as a minimum, of
• the assessment of personal qualities and attributes
• assessment of the ability to communicate effectively
• an assessment of the literacy and numeracy skills required to teach
• an evaluation of current educational knowledge and understanding
• a presentation
• an interview.
Please note that an offered place is subject to the endorsement of a base training school. The Head teacher will apply appropriate procedures to ascertain a candidate's suitability to be a teacher, usually based on observations of personal characteristics and interaction with staff and pupils whilst in the school and classroom.
How school placements work
For our SCITT programme, candidates find their own school in which to train. This gives schools and candidates a unique element of choice and independence. It allows candidates to approach schools according to their own preference of location and type.
Trainees spend the majority of the year in their base training school but have a six-week placement in a contrasting school. The programme is also supplemented by short placement visits to a special school, a Primary setting, a post-16 setting and a school with EAL provision.
The Educate SCITT partnership is currently spread across training hubs centred in Grantham, Leeds and Middlesbrough. Trainees need to be able to travel to one of these centres for their provider-led training days.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The QTS programme with PGCE costs £8,750, for which a student tuition fee loan can be accessed.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing 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.
An undergraduate degree which provides a foundation for the teaching of a specialist subject. Subject Knowledge Enhancement may be recommended if required.
GCSE Maths and English at a standard equivalent to Grade 4.
We are looking for confident and capable applicants who demonstrate true commitment to a teaching career and a robust, determined, positive attitude. We are looking for trainees who can fit very well into their school team, who can respond positively to feedback and who can make a valuable contribution to school life. We are not looking for a 'finished product' but for trainees who demonstrate real potential to succeed. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively with a whole range of people and be engaging, warm and sociable. They should be organised, prepared and professional.
Enhanced Criminal Record Check.
About the training provider
If you want to gain QTS through a practical, 'hands-on', school-based route, the Educate Teacher Training programme is for you. Educate is a large, National SCITT provider, with a long-standing reputation for successful Primary and Secondary QTS programmes based in varied and diverse partner schools. You have the unique opportunity to train in a school near to where you live and regularly meet with other trainees through regional training hubs. Successful applicants to the QTS programme also gain a PGCE (60 Master's credits), validated by Leeds Beckett University, as part of a framework which directly applies theory to practice.
Trainees enjoy the advantage of an 'on the job' experience, where the realities of life as a teacher are fully explored and understood. The majority of time is spent in a base school, where trainees are supported by expert practitioners, individual mentors and a personal Link Tutor to meet the Teachers' Standards. 'Programme leaders are highly sensitive to the well-being of their trainees. They ensure that they provide timely and appropriate support to those trainees whose personal circumstances require it. Trainees appreciate this support' (Ofsted, 2018). Training sessions on specific subject knowledge and general classroom practice, supplement the incomparable first-hand experience which is gained from being the member of a school community for a year. A range of contrasting placements and visits mean that trainees gain a rich appreciation of comparable age ranges, curriculum expectations, teaching strategies, inclusion, diversity and Special Educational Needs. Employment rates following this programme are consistently high.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Educate Teacher Training has a designated tutor for trainees with disabilities and other needs. We take steps, before the programme begins, to fully assess the needs of trainees so that all aspects of the course are accessible to them and personal requirements accommodated.
Educate have, in the past, supported trainees with dyslexia, physical impairment and mental health conditions to successfully complete their course. We take a collaborative approach to ensure that study needs assessment reports, school partners and university colleagues are consulted to design a complete package of personal support.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LJ
London (Barnet or Islington)
Grasvenor Academy, Grasvenor Avenue, Barnet, Herts EN5 2BY
The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LJ
Hartlepool/Middlesbrough Training Hub, Hartlepool TS24 8NQ
GRANTHAM TRAINING HUB, GRANTHAM PE14
LEEDS or GRANTHAM HUB, Leeds or Grantham B5
Yorkshire & the Humber
Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, Church Wood Avenue, Leeds LS16 5LF
Support and advice
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