Teacher Training Information Evening 15-12-14

Teacher Training Information
15th December 6.00 – 7.30pm
Southend SCITT
Penny Bowman – Southend SCITT Director
in partnership with
Welcome & Introductions :-
Penny Bowman – SCITT Director
Southend High School for Girls
Eligibility, applications & funding:-
Penny Bowman
‘Life as a Teacher’: -
Linda Jenkins – ITT Co-ordinator
Westcliff High School for Girls
The Training Programme:-
Sarah Francis– ITT co-ordinator
Southend High School for Girls
‘Life as a Trainee & NQT’:-
Tim Andrews– Southend High School for
Who and what are we?
• Southend SCITT
• School Centred Initial Teacher Training
• SCITT programmes are designed and delivered
by groups of neighbouring schools –we are
based at Southend High School for Girls and
the schools within our partnership are as
Partnership schools
Mainstream secondary:
Belfairs Academy
Cecil Jones College
Chase High School
St. Bernard’s High School
St Thomas More High School
Shoeburyness High School
Southend High School for Boys
Southend High School for Girls
The Eastwood Academy
Westcliff High School for Girls
Special Schools:
Lancaster School
St Nicholas School
The St Christopher School
School Centred Initial Teacher Training
• The programme is taught by experienced, practising teachers,
and often tailored towards local teaching needs.
• All SCITT courses lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). Many,
though not all, will also award you a postgraduate certificate in
education (PGCE) validated by a higher education institution.
Southend SCITT provide the opportunity of gaining a PGCE
through its partnership with Canterbury Christ Church
University (CCCU) and Master Level credits Our courses last for
one year full-time.
• We offer School Direct Training - salaried and unsalaried
(details to follow).
• SCITT courses follow the academic year, so to start your
training in September you need to apply during the preceding
academic year. (More about how to apply later)
Eligibility Criteria
• A UK undergraduate degree – a 2:2 or above
• A GCSE grade C or above in English and
Mathematics. (For primary a C in Science as well)
• To have passed the literacy and numeracy
professional skills tests before starting teacher
• A strong knowledge and understanding of subject
you wish to teach – at least 50% of your degree
should be relevant (if degree does not link closely
enough, a SKE course is also recommended)
• If you have non-UK qualifications you will need a
Statement of Comparability from NARIC.
• for a place on the School Direct Training
Programme that is salaried, you are also
required to have at least three years’ work
experience in addition to the eligibility
requirements detailed above.
Non academic requirements
• Medical fitness – health questionnaire to be
completed prior to starting the course.
Applicants must fund this themselves.
• Declaration of criminal convictions (DBS –
check) – agree to having an enhanced criminal
record check prior to starting the course.
Applicants must fund this themselves.
• We would also expect that you spend some
time observing in a classroom before starting
the course – minimum of 5 days.
Training Programmes
• School Direct offers 2 types of training places:
1. School Direct Training Programme
• For high quality graduates who want to be part of a
school team from day one.
• You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £25,000 to
support you while you train – dependent on subjects
and degree classification.
• Tuition fees paid by student.
• Loans available from Student Loan Company.
• No salary received during training.
• Application through UCAS.
• Expectation of a job within the partnership at the end
of the course.
2. School Direct Training Programme
• An employment-based route for high-quality
experienced graduates with at least three years’
work experience.
• You will earn a salary while you train. This salary will
be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges if
you are employed by a local authority maintained
school, or at the advertised rate at an academy.
• This salary is funded in part by a government grant
which also covers the costs of the tuition fees and
which is paid directly to the SCITT.
• There are no bursaries available for this route.
• Application is through UCAS.
• Expectation of a job at end within partnership school.
Other routes
Unfunded salaried placements:
• Places on the training programme are offered
directly by a school to a trainee.
• School is responsible for paying the salary cost
and tuition fees.
• No funding available for these trainees.
• Applications are directly to the school not
through UCAS.
• No bursaries available.
• Expectation of a job at the end
Take Note
‘expectation’ of a job at the end
of the course is not a guarantee
of a job!
SCITT - Core
• Application through UCAS.
• Tuition fees paid via a student loan or selffunded.
• Possible bursary according to degree
classification and subject.
• What, you may ask, is the difference between
this and the School Direct (non-salaried)?
• Nothing other than there is no expectation of
a job at the end of the year.
Applying for a place
• Look into the different postgraduate
routes into teaching.
• You might want to train in a university or
college or you could be based mainly in a
• Visit schools and spend time in the
• You will be able to apply for up to 3 places.
Application Process
• For applications for Sept 2015 information is not yet available - the system is
expected to be the same as last year:
• There will be 2 Apply windows for places in Sept 2015.
Key dates
28th October 2014: Apply 1 begins – you can now start to apply online for courses
starting 2015. Applicants can make up to 3 choices which will be considered by
training providers in parallel. A decision on your application, which will include a
face to face interview, will be made within 40 days.
2nd January 2015: Apply 2 starts – this is only available if applicants have been
unsuccessful in Apply 1 or have declined all offers in Apply 2. Applicants can apply
for as many places as they want in Apply 2 but only one at a time.
Application Fees:
The fee for 2014 was £19 – this covered both Apply 1 and 2. Fees for 2015 are TBC.
Recruitment Process
• Presentation to selection panel
5 minutes plus questions
choice of titles given in advance
• Literacy & Numeracy assessment
Not necessary if skills tests already passed
• Completion of subject knowledge and skills
• Classroom based task
30 minute activity presented to a class with follow up discussion
• Formal interview

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