About the course
On the NTTP Religious Education 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.
When you study Religious Education on the NTTP programme you 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. Constant self-reflection allows trainees to assess their strengths and development potential, which should allow progression and confidence.
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. Your programme is designed to suit you, with your strengths nurtured and your areas for development targeted, improved upon and monitored.
During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 16 age range.
Subject Studies are usually delivered as twilight sessions and mostly take place in the first half of the year so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. They are designed to illustrate ways to help you apply your knowledge and understanding in designing and teaching lessons. Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor (LSM) and other experienced teachers from within partnership schools. Sessions are held across a selection of our schools.
A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows in addition to in in depth specialist training for Religious Education.
What is Humanities? – Understanding why students need to study Humanities subjects
Challenging mis/preconceptions in Humanities – how to tackle stereotyping in Religious Education
Differentiation within Humanities – How do you stretch students in a content heavy subject?
Assessment for learning in Humanities – Measuring learning within humanities
Use of sourcework in lesson – How to make sourcework engaging for students
Teaching outside the classroom – making Humanities an outdoor subject
Approaches and Methodologies towards KS5 Humanities – Understanding ways and strategies to teach post-16.
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 2019/2020 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.
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