About the course
The North Tyneside School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme provides a practical introduction into primary teaching, awarding trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Our programme is the best way to train if you're looking for lots of practical, hands-on experience, and want to benefit from the expertise of teachers on the ground. Our unique and distinctive training will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a highly effective primary school teacher.
We offer training specialising in either early years (3-7 year olds) or primary (5-11 year olds). The award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is validated by Northumbria University.
The programme offers you the chance to train within a professional environment and incorporates training sessions based within North Tyneside's School Improvement Service and in a variety of our partnership schools.
For the duration of the programme you will be based at The Langdale Centre in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear and is located just off the A1058 Coast Road, in close proximity to the Silverlink Retail Park and within walking distance of Howdon Metro station.
You'll be part of a small cohort which means we can offer you personalised support tailored to your needs, and really nurture and support your professional development. The course offers many layers of professional guidance both whilst centre-based and in schools to support and enable students to become highly effective primary teachers.
The programme is structured around four distinct but inter-related modules. The four modules are:
• Reflective Primary Teacher
• Curriculum Studies
• Critical Curriculum Studies
• Educational Placements
A key strength of the programme is that the practical and taught elements are strongly linked. Each week trainees spend time in schools in addition to assessed block placements; this enables the taught the taught elements of the course to be firmly grounded in classroom experience.
The programme has no formal examinations. Instead you will be assessed through written assignments and practical work in school. The assessed school placements represent a vital component of this assessment.
The standards for Qualified Teacher Status require you to be successful in all areas, and from the outset you will be involved in auditing your own learning and setting targets for your own professional development.
Successful applicants will initially be invited to attend an interview day at a SCITT partnership school where you will have an opportunity to meet school staff and tutors involved in the North Tyneside SCITT programme.
During the interview process you will receive further information about the course and will also be required to undertake a series of short tasks and a formal interview. School staff and SCITT tutors are members of the interviewing panels. The roll out of the interview day and tasks to be completed will be detailed within correspondence prior to the interview.
Whilst ensuring that we can provide the conditions and training required, you must be prepared to demonstrate an outstanding potential to train as a primary teacher and your suitability for an offer of a place. The SCITT has thorough and rigorous selection procedures to ensure that the strongest applicants are offered places on the programme.
Interview results are communicated as soon as possible after the interview takes place. However any offer is conditional upon receipt of a satisfactory medical check and enhanced DBS check alongside sight of original qualification certificates.
It is also a requirement that all candidates have successfully completed the Department for Education (DfE) Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. These tests must be passed by all candidates before entry to the course and we would strongly encourage applicants to ensure that these are secured as early as possible during the application process.
How school placements work
The SCITT offers guaranteed placements within our North Tyneside partnership schools where you'll get practical, hands-on classroom experience and train alongside some really inspiring teachers.
You will undertake three block placements throughout the year within your chosen key stages. Placements are confirmed once the course starts and are allocated based on specific elements such as locality, transport and other additional needs.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You must possess a 2:2 degree classification or above from a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification. It is also a requirement that you have a grade C or above in mathematics, English language and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications (please contact the SCITT office for clarification as to which equivalent qualifications are accepted) prior to commencement of the course. We will also accept equivalencies from www.equivalencytesting.com If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.
When completing your application form you must include within your personal statement the reason(s) and motivation as to why you wish to teach primary aged children.
We will also need details of all recent and relevant experience with children (length of time and dates need to be included). We are particularly interested in your experience with children in the key stages you are looking to train in.
As teaching involves working with children on a daily basis we strongly recommend that you have had at least 5 days recent and relevant experience of working with primary aged children in mainstream UK schools within the key stages you are looking to train in prior to interview. This experience will strengthen your application and should be detailed within your personal statement.
All offers are conditional upon you obtaining a satisfactory health check and enhanced DBS check however these checks will be done once you have accepted your offer of a place.
About the training provider
Our highly successful programme combines high quality, extensive classroom experience with expert guidance and continues to be judged as Outstanding by OFSTED (2015). "Outstanding school and centre-based training, which draws on the passion and expertise of school-based colleagues and members of the local authority's school improvement service to ensure trainees are very well prepared for employment."(OFSTED 2015)
More than 90% of our trainees are recommended for QTS each year and the majority of our graduates go straight into teaching jobs in local schools. In our 2018 student satisfaction survey, all (100%) of our completing graduates said they would recommend the SCITT to others and were also 'very satisfied' with the level of service received.
The course is constructed around a partnership of over 30 primary and first schools in North Tyneside and North Tyneside Council's School Improvement Service.
The Langdale Centre is a high quality, bespoke professional training and development centre and is the base for the North Tyneside Early Years and Primary advisers, consultants and inspectors of the North Tyneside School Improvement Service. You will receive centre-based training from our experienced and passionate school improvement advisory team and other primary professionals. In addition the SCITT offers the following facilities to our trainees:
• Free printing and photocopying
• Free WiFi
• Use of laptop and IT equipment for the duration of the course
• SCITT common room where trainees can relax
• A high quality restaurant
• Free parking
• Free access to North Tyneside Council's Schools Library Service
Training with disabilities and other needs
North Tyneside SCITT welcomes applications from trainees with disabilities and other needs. The SCITT is committed to ensuring that all trainees have the same opportunities to access centre-based and school-based training and will receive tailored support in order to meet their needs.
The Langdale Centre where the SCITT is primarily based is equipped with disabled access and facilities.
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