About the course
On this course you will learn how to develop your subject knowledge within the context of the secondary curriculum, from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5.
We will support you as you explore ways of translating your subject knowledge in to effective and engaging learning activities. Throughout your training year you will encounter and explore different methods for using your knowledge and enthusiasm in order to grow in to a teacher whose work inspires young minds.
We will involve you in developing your own understanding of the structure of the secondary curriculum, and you will learn how to use this as the basis from which to build consistently strong lessons. You will learn the craft of lesson planning, creating learning-centred activities alongside a clear vision for how young minds learn. You will be supported in learning how to assess pupil progress and how to use the results of your assessments in order to refine your lessons. All our programmes help trainee teachers to channel their enthusiasm for their subject specialism in to lessons which are grounded in key principles of the curriculum and a commitment to see pupils achieve. You will explore how data is used in education to monitor and plan for progress.
In addition you will learn how different examination boards structure their GCSE and A level papers, develop an understanding of how these are marked and model your own teaching to prepare pupils for the rigours of exams. Importantly, you will also come to share our vision of how your subject contribute to the whole curriculum and have opportunities to explore cross curricular links working with colleagues.
As with all our programmes, you will learn a range of strategies for promoting and securing excellent behaviours for learning which have achievement and self-confidence at their core.
Your school based experience will be underpinned by a professional development programme. You will grow your understanding of the teaching profession and the key issues which shape educational provision for young people. The programme provides you with constant opportunities to reflect on your professional practice and to acquire a depth of professional understanding of teaching, learning and assessment.
Throughout the programme, you will be supported by your mentor who will be a Biology specialist who understands your needs and with whom you can work in partnership to ensure you have a fantastic and fulfilling year.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for people who can show that they are committed to working with young people and joining the teaching profession.
We are particularly interested in talking to people who have a proven track record in another industry or profession and wish to re-train as teachers.
If your previous professional experience is directly related to the subject you would like to teach, we want to hear from you.
How we select our trainees
Interviews will be held at one of our academies and will involve candidates in a full day of activities designed to test suitability to teach. Candidates will be asked to take part in structured lesson observations, group exercises and have a one to one interview. You will receive a brief from us so you know what to prepare for your interview. We strongly believe that interviews should be a two way process, so we aim to give you as much information on NTTC as possible and answer the questions we know you will have.
How school placements work
We work with over 45 schools in our region, so it is vital that we make the right match between school placement and trainee. Placements are based on where we know we are able to offer excellent mentoring and great opportunities to develop subject knowledge.
All trainees follow a programme of 4 days per week in school and 1 day at college. You will be placed at a minimum of two schools during the year which will offer you contrasting experiences of education in our region.
All trainees will gain experience teaching 11 to 16 year olds. For those who want to develop their post 16 teaching experience we can facilitate a range of bespoke options for you to follow from 6th Forms, to a FE College and also a University Technical College.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
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.
You will have achieved a good class in your degree which will be directly related to the subject you wish to teach. In addition you will have a C or grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE.
You will also be able to show fundamental skills in literacy and numeracy.
Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate why you want to work with young people and prove your commitment to your subject.
Most candidates will be able to demonstrate experience working with young people. However, we evaluate each application on a person-by-person basis and we are keen to take all your experience in to account. We understand that from time to time it can be difficult for candidates to organise school experience for themselves. Therefore, for successful applicants, we are happy to organise school experience for you prior to the start of the course if you need us to. So, you may submit your application even if your school experience has yet to be completed.
About the training provider
Why train with us?
At the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre, everything we do is about training excellent teachers. We have over 45 schools in our partnership from which we draw on the very best expertise for your future training. We offer the opportunity to train in a broad range of environments, including rural and city academies, a college of further education, a university technical college, a state boarding school and independent schools.
Your school-based learning experiences will be grounded in a central training programme run by experts in adult education and based at our main site, City College Norwich. You will be supported by an experienced team of higher education professionals who are at the heart of teaching in Norfolk.
Your subject knowledge development must take centre stage throughout your training. This is why at the NTTC, in addition to your course leaders and school-based mentors, you will also have access to our pool of ‘Go-To’ subject specialists. These are practicing experts from within our partnership who currently teach your subject in an 11-19 setting and therefore perfectly qualified to support you.
Over the last five years, 100% of our graduates secured employment for their Newly Qualified Teacher year before the end of the programme. We believe that this demonstrates NTTC’s commitment to ensuring that you are well prepared to present yourself at interview.
We are dedicated to you and your future in this dynamic and rewarding profession and this is proven by results which are above the national average.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As part of City College Norwich, we are committed to ensuring that all our trainees have equal access to the learning opportunities we provide. As part of a larger college, we also have the facilities to be able to support trainees throughout our programme. We feel it is important that applicants disclose any particular needs they might have both on their application and at interview.
This way we can ensure that we have productive conversations with you and tailor your training year to suit your need. All of our partner schools are well equipped to support our trainees.
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City College Norwich
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Ipswich Road, Norwich NR2 2LJ
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