About the course
At the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT, we believe passionately in EVERY child’s entitlement to an excellent education, so they enjoy school, enjoy learning and make very good progress. We `have created a culture where high standards and a passion for improving outcomes for pupils permeate every aspect of the course’ (Outstanding Ofsted 2015).
The primary with mathematics course is designed for students with an interest in mathematics and strong subject knowledge in this subject. It is designed to prepare trainees for a subject leadership role in mathematics through exposing them to exceptional practice in mathematics in our 80 partnership schools. Trainees on this course will have additional training sessions and school based tasks to deepen their understanding and reflection on key elements underpinning effective primary mathematics teaching and learning. An expert consultant in primary mathematics will support our mathematics specialist trainees in school placements.
An integral part of the courses is a full University of Leicester PGCE, with Masters Level credits. One of the two 5000 word PGCE assignments will be a small-scale research project, carried out by the trainee, on an element of mathematics teaching.
In 2019/20 the DfE provided tax free non repayable bursaries of £6000 to trainees on this course with a B or above in A level mathematics. DfE bursaries for 2020/21 have not yet been announced.
In addition to specialist mathematics sessions, you will be part of a cohort of 30-35 trainees, all specialising in teaching KS1 and KS2 pupils. Training sessions for the cohort take place in bespoke training rooms within schools. Sessions are dynamic and engaging and each trainee will very quickly become known as a unique individual so SCITT trainers and management can mould training and select placements to fit each individual’s needs, working exactly as skilled teachers do with their pupils. This is a key strength of our programmes, making the training very personalised so that each individual trainee is both challenged and supported to reach their full potential.
Good subject knowledge underpins effective teaching, and as OFSTED recognised "Many former trainees rise to positions of leadership within their schools due to the quality of their preparation for teaching." Headteachers, SCITT trained teachers and trainees are unanimous is stating that the course structure is an ideal balance of theory, research and practice.
"The SCITT believed in me from day one, before I even believed in myself"
Steven (Trainee 18/19)
The SCITT and School Direct partner alliances, will use a two stage interview process for candidates called to interview, normally held on two separate days. It may be possible to hold both interviews on the same day for candidates who need to travel further or candidates who will find attending interview for two half days particularly difficult.
As part of our selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics. The written audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to form a secure base to underpin high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school.
Audit Information and Preparation Advice
The interview process will also take place in our partner schools and will involve a combination of tasks including:
- a presentation, connected to current educational issues;
- a task working with a small group of early primary or primary pupils;
- a formal interview;
- a reading task.
Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards. Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.
How school placements work
The SCITT partnership knows trainees can only reach their potential if given exceptional support in placements. Teaching is about relationships; and the relationship between a trainee and their class teacher on placement is vitally important. The trust and loyalty of headteachers and teachers in our partner schools, built up over the last 15 years, is a key strength of our training. The TOP 4 Primary Schools in Leicester/shire are part of the SCITT partnership, offering SCITT student placements and employing SCITT NQTs. The Real Schools Guide 2019
The consistently high quality of support on three contrasting school placements, from dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, underpins our success, making us one of the very top teacher training providers in the country The Good Teacher Training Guides . This maximises opportunities for each trainee to learn from best practice in different settings. Our trainees complete training confident across the key stages and fully prepared to work in a wide variety of schools, ready to serve diverse pupil populations.
Placements are carefully matched to trainees’ development needs so mathematics specialists will be placed in schools and classes where they can easily engage in dialogue with subject leaders and classteachers about best practice in teaching mathematics. The SCITT mathematics subject leader will also support the mathematics specialists through each of the school placements to maximise learning and development in this area of the curriculum for these specialists and future mathematics subject leaders.
The autumn placement starts with an introduction week, followed by a 7 week block. Spring and summer terms have the same introduction week, followed by a 6 and 9 week block respectively. We have over 60 partner primary schools across the city and county which offers trainees a wide range of schools in which to gain experience.
Ofsted reported that “Placement schools are very carefully allocated to provide trainees with teaching experiences across the whole 5-11 age range in a variety of settings. This is an outstanding feature of the training.”
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:
- a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
- at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)
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.
To apply for a place on the SCITT course, or accredited SCITT SD routes, all applicants must:
- hold (or expect to gain before the start of the course), a UK recognised degree (preferably 2:1 or above) or equivalent.
- already hold GCSE Grade C or above in English and mathematics and be able to gain at least a Grade C in science, or equivalent, before the end of June
*demonstrate they can communicate accurately and effectively in spoken and written Standard English.
All degree subjects will be considered, including subjects not directly linked to a National Curriculum subject.
We are looking for talented, creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across a wide range of subjects within the primary curriculum. Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We look for applicants with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of teaching.
We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also encourage LSAs and career changers.
A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the pressures and rewards of working in a British primary school in the twenty first century. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of one week’s relevant and recent experience in a primary school. We feel this is advantageous to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning in your interview.
Applicants will need to pass health and DBS police checks and have the physical and mental fitness to teach.
About the training provider
The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT has been consistently rated by Ofsted as Outstanding since 2009. In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands. All SCITT trainees are also students at the University of Leicester, gaining an internationally recognised PGCE, with 60 Masters level credits.
Four local Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) work collaboratively with the SCITT as their ITT partner. As a result many of our students are employed in these TSAs, enjoying excellent access to the TSA NQT and career development programmes from the very start of their teaching careers.
Most importantly, over 95% of trainees ever trained with the SCITT have given their training the top rating of "Very Good" .
"I have come out of the SCITT fully prepared, not only as an NQT, but for the full roles and responsibilities of a teacher. Nothing has been a shock to me, I feel well organised, well supported and have even managed to establish that all important work/life balance!
I am so grateful for the SCITT course and everybody who helps to run it, please pass on my thanks!
( Emily, 4 weeks into her NQT year , Google Review, Sept 2019)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Education and training providers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to anticipate the adjustments that disabled students may need. The SCITT is committed to actively promoting equal opportunities in employment and to encouraging participation by disabled people in public life.
If you would describe yourself as having a disability, in accordance with the Equality Act (2010), and need any adjustments made to promote equality of opportunity, please contact us, as soon as possible, so we can discuss your requirements. The best place for you to do this is on your UCAS form. However, you can also do it at any time during your studies, either by telling a member of SCITT Management.
As we are partnered with the University of Leicester, our students can access the Student Support Services offered. The AccessAbility Centre offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties; mental health conditions and autism. The Centre offers study skills support.
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