About the course
Trainees on the SCITT route will will be working in a classroom with an experienced appointed mentor. You will have at least one meeting a week.
Trainees will spend most of their year based in a school for four days a week and then attend training on the fifth day. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners, some of whom work in our excellent partner schools. They will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching lessons effectively in a secondary school across all key stages, where applicable.
As part of the programme trainees will complete a contrasting school placement and attend focus days to enhance your expertise and understanding of SEND and other specialist areas of education.
A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees' subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, SAF ITT recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Trainees will also be able to study for a PGCE alongside the QTS, this will be dependent on the qualification criteria being met.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.
The interview will take place at one of our partner schools and involve staff from both SAF ITT and the partner school.
Please note that the venue of your interview has no bearing on the school you will be placed in should you be successful.
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.
How school placements work
Trainees will have two school placements in addition to other placements visits during the programme and will be supported by mentors and the SAF ITT team. Trainees will also spend time in a special school.
Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account where they live and their individual needs. The school will be either 11-16 age range or 11 to 18.
Initially trainees will spend three days in the school placements and two days in training sessions/workshops. This increases to four days in a school placement and one day training each week.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries 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.
Candidates are required to have:
- GCSE or equivalent qualification, at Grade C/level 4 or above in English and mathematics
- A lower second class degree in the subject they wish to train to teach in or a degree in a related subject. We would also consider a third class degree for candidates who demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.
Overseas qualifications should be verified by NARIC
SAF ITT, as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.
- Declaration of any convictions declared on your UCAS application
- An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
- A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required follow an offer of a place
- Satisfactory clearance for registration
About the training provider
If you are considering teacher training on a one year course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a PGCE, SAF ITT as part of Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF) may be the provider for you. We pride ourselves in being able to offer a personalised training programme with a journey that begins as soon as you contact us. We will guide you all the way, from 'just thinking about teaching', getting your first job, to offering you advice and guidance about your continuing career development.
We offer a variety of training programmes to suit individual needs. This includes the School Direct - salaried and tuition fee routes and the SCITT route. Contact us if you would like to focus your training on a specific subject or specific ages i.e. lower primary or general primary.
With us, you will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools within our partnership which covers Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes and beyond.
Trainee experiences are designed to meet individual needs from the start of the course, encouraging trainees to progress quickly and effectively into proficient teachers.
Our courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers. We believe in fostering reflective, self-assured trainees who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability as teachers.
Trainees will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment, and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for teaching.
Training with disabilities and other needs
SAF ITT is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
What do we mean by disability?
The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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