About the course
Our QTS +60 programme contains a core Professional Studies element and a series of Specialist Studies sessions designed to develop your understanding of teaching and learning across the primary age range, and across the subjects of the National Curriculum.
These engaging and active study sessions provide the theoretical groundwork for outstanding teaching and learning.
Professional study sessions, based at Tudor Grange Academy Solihull and Tudor Grange Primary Academy St James, are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching. Topics covered include:
How do children learn?
How do I plan and deliver learning?
Developing higher order thinking - the importance of questioning
Assessment for Learning
Inside the primary classroom
Enabling children to make the best possible progress - closing the attainment gap
Keeping children safe in education
Subject Studies are taught by our team of Primary Specialists and aim to contextualise this learning and extend it across the primary age range through an examination of topics including:
Early Reading -synthetic phonics
Reading, writing and mathematics (including early mathematics)
Primary Science and Computing
Humanities and project based learning
Physical education and outdoor learning opportunities
Encouraging creativity and curiosity - exploring the arts in primary school
Personal and social development
All QTS+ 60 programmes are fee-paying courses, lasting from September to June and lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (Primary Education). Eligible trainees can also be awarded up to 60 Masters credits (MTL Teaching and Learning) or PGCert upon meeting assessment criteria as laid down by Birmingham City University.
We sift all UCAS applications following a consistent criteria set out in-house, looking at candidate personal qualities, academic achievements and previous relevant experience in schools/working with young people, or vulnerable groups.
Following a successful sift, candidates will be invited to an interview day, which dependant on applicant numbers, may be ran over one or two days.
The interview process consists of four parts;
A subject knowledge audit – This is not a pass/fail test of your subject knowledge rather an audit of your strengths and areas for improvement. This allows us to understand your baseline and develop strategies for how we can work with you to fill any subject knowledge gaps prior to the course beginning, and to continue to provide bespoke support.
Unseen task - Information on the task is given on the interview day.
Panel interview – Your education philosophy and values, resilience, and knowledge of National Curriculum will all be explored during the panel interview.
- minute session delivery to a Primary class – You will be provided with a topic for the session (set by the class teacher) a week in advance to allow you to prepare. During the session we will be looking at how candidates have demonstrated learner progress, their relationships with young people, and their ability to plan.
We aim to share outcomes of the interview process on the day, including detailed and meaningful feedback where applicable. All offers made by us are conditional, and will be explained when the offer is made.
How school placements work
Trainees will complete experience in Early Years Foundation Stage and Secondary phase before beginning the programme, and will have experience in at least two primary schools during the training. Enhancement days will also provide further school-based experience. Throughout the programme trainees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings and cross-curricular events.
Trainees take what they have learned in the training room directly into the primary classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
All candidates must hold;
A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
English GCSE - Minimum Grades C/4 (or equivalent).
Maths GCSE - Minimum Grade C/4 (or equivalent).
Science GCSE - Minimum Grade C/4 (or equivalent).
The Tudor Learning Habits;
- Positive self-regulation
- Process not product
- Open to failure and feedback
- Courageous and gritty
The Tudor Character Habits;
- Honesty and truthfulness
- Kindness and empathy
- Responsibility and integrity
- Generosity and gratitude
All successful candidates will be subject to;
An enhanced DBS check, candidates must fund this themselves although Tudor Grange SCITT will make the application.
An occupational health check.
Confirmation of right to work in the UK.
About the training provider
Tudor Grange SCITT is a provider with a long established track record. We have strong relationships with our partner schools across Solihull, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Coventry, and Worcestershire.
This results in a wide range of options being available when considering which placement school will work best for you logistically and to enable your progress. We are part of a very successful Multi-Academy Trust, and as such are able to offer a diverse and bespoke experiences. Consistently, over the past three years nearly 20% of our cohort have been recruited into roles within the Trust. Last year this increased to nearly 25% across both primary and secondary phases.
Our EYITT, Primary, and Secondary cohorts have opportunities to collaborate, and this further enriches trainees’ understanding of overall childhood development. Trainees focus on the phases which they are training for, but can do so with an applied knowledge of pupils experiences in education prior to or following on from their phase.
We work closely with local partners, including recruitment consultants, to enable trainees to understand the job market and help them develop their confidence and knowledge of how to make successful applications. This includes support in writing personal statements and a ‘mock’ interview, with written and verbal feedback.
We firmly believe that the quality of training, alongside a focus on enhancing employment prospects contributes to our strong track record in supporting trainees secure jobs. We offer a wide range of support to our Alumni too.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Tudor Grange SCITT is committed to promoting equal opportunities in recruitment to the program. All candidates will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
If you require any arrangements to be made in terms of the recruitment process please get in contact.
If you would like to discuss ways in which we may be able to support you personally, please feel free to contact us to make a telephone or personal appointment. Please be reassured we will treat such information with respect and discretion.
Please refer to our Tudor Grange Academies Trust Equal Opportunities Policy for further information;
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