About the course
On the NTTP Social Sciences course, students will train towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. The course is designed to show that trainee teachers demonstrate that they have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
Training to teach Social Sciences, you will be required to consider how you can develop student’s ability to become analytical and evaluative thinkers. Throughout the course you will be trained to devise creative and inspiring activities to teach theory, research and the methodology of the social sciences. A fundamental feature of your training will be creating your capacity to develop within students their ability to understand and apply learning in a scientific manner. You will learn how to engage and inspire your students through a wide range of strategies in order that they become independent critical thinkers. The course will focus on training you to teach your main social science subject (usually psychology and/or sociology) at A level. You will also be provided with the opportunity to develop your teaching practice in a second subject through teaching psychology at GCSE, alternatively there are opportunities to contribute to relevant vocational qualifications and Key Stage 3 humanities or science.
You will receive a practice-led, hands on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor within school, the Professional Tutor of the school, the Lead Subject Mentor from the NTTP SCITT, the Programme Facilitators. Subject Studies and General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy.
You will spend the majority of your course in the classroom; working with dedicated professionals. This is the best place to learn the art of teaching. During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 16 age range.
Subject Studies are delivered as twilight sessions so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor and other experienced teachers.
A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows:
The new maths requirement in Social Science
How to teach the topic of Social Influence Psychology and the economy
How to teach the topic of memory incorporating experiments
How to deliver research methods effectively
How to teaching the topic of Stress
How to teach students to answer the extended questions
The format of the interview with NTTP is usually with the Lead Subject Mentor and the Programme Manager.
The Interview process will entail:
• Presentation - “Why I want to become a teacher”- 5 minutes
• Presenting a ‘Starter’ of your choice - 5 minutes
• Interview - 40 minutes
Your interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a number of qualities. You should therefore try to tailor your answers and contributions to reflect these qualities. They are:
A commitment to and understanding of secondary education and the role of the teacher
Good personal, intellectual and communication skills
A positive attitude towards children and working with children
An enthusiasm for and understanding of your subject (s) and teaching in general.
How school placements work
To qualify for QTS, you must spend at least 120 days in schools. As we feel this is the most important part of your training, we exceed this minimum requirement with two placements totalling 28 weeks. During these, your progress will be tracked against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.
You will train with pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however, in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too.
You will be allocated to your placement school as a result of an initial induction and skills audit conducted early in the course which aims to identify the best schools that will be able to support you. Your placement school will be identified to meet your needs and may not geographically be your nearest school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You must have an Honours Degree at class 1 or 2, relevant to the subject you wish to train for and preferably a minimum of 50% of your degree being in that subject. Your A-Level grades will also be taken into consideration.
It is preferable to have had some experience of working with secondary aged young people
If you hold a non UK degree and/or other qualifications, you should check its validation with NARIC (www.naric.co.uk) who will inform you of its UK equivalence.
About the training provider
Northampton Teacher Training Partnership (NTTP) works jointly with Northampton School for Boys, an Ofsted 'Outstanding' school (Nov 2014) which is the Lead School from our Partnership. NTTP is a School-Centred Teacher Training provider based on the school site. We offer a one year full-time Secondary (11-16) teacher training course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education currently validated by Newman University. All of the partnership schools have ex-trainees as members of staff, many of whom work as School Based Tutors for us. The partnership is comprised of schools which offer a wide range of different experiences for our trainees.
We encourage applications from all spheres of the community regardless of age, race, disability, religion and gender. The vast majority of trainees who successfully achieve both QTS and an academic award, gain employment in local schools, which is a huge strength of the partnership.
Our Key Strengths are:
• Trainees’ professionalism, the good relationships they develop with staff and pupils and their high expectations of the learners
• The pivotal role of administrative support in facilitating excellent communication across the partnership that benefits support for, and attainment of trainees
• Consistently good quality school placements, and their intelligent use by the provider, to provide contrasting experiences for and carefully match them to the individual needs of trainees
• The expertise of school-based tutors in coaching their trainees towards improvement
• Developing a strong shared ethos of pastoral care that facilitates swift and effective intervention and support for trainees.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is personalised to be supportive and challenging for each trainee. We work closely with Newman University (PGCE Validating body) to ensure that trainee needs are met.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
NTTP, Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT
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