Our training programme is designed to enable you to develop into an outstanding professional no matter what your prior experience or knowledge. As such, we do not have any requirements of your knowledge of teaching or working with young people in advance of you being invited to interview. Much more important is a strong desire on your part to work towards making a real difference to the educational lives and prospects of the children and young people in our Trust and Partner schools.
Although we do not require any prior experience or knowledge, it will help your application and also make your training year easier if you have recently spent some time in schools. We offer a School Experience Programme which can help you to gain some relevant time in the classroom before the Programme starts. Similarly, if you have been offered a place on our programme after interview, we may, ask you to undertake some additional subject knowledge training. If this is the case, this process will be explained fully to you at the point you are offered a place on the programme. Other than these two things, anything you can do to familiarise yourself with the school curriculum for your subject would be beneficial.
For your interview, you will be expected to give a presentation in front of a form group about why you want to become a teacher, and what you will bring to the profession. You won’t be able to use any IT for this. You can find out more about what happens at interview on our How to Apply page.
Before your first day as a trainee, we would expect you to have sound knowledge of your subject. We can help you to develop this through Subject Knowledge Enhancement.
As a trainee, you will be expected to represent the teaching profession and uphold the highest standards at all times through your behaviour and responsibility. We expect trainees to be fully committed to their placement and to strive for the best possible outcomes for themselves and the students they work with.
Taking part in our School Experience Programme will give you an idea of what teaching is like today and whether it would be right for you.
To be a teacher, you should have an undoubted passion for your subject; you should have comprehensive knowledge of your subject and you should be excited about helping young people learn and progress.
You can find detailed information about our interview process here. During your interview, you will be expected to:
- Give a presentation in front of a form group about why you want to become a teacher.
- Partake in a lesson with a fully qualified teacher and engage with students.
- Have a formal interview with a member of the GORSE SCITT, lasting approximately 30 minutes.
- Complete 3 pieces of written work covering a variety of topics around education.
Before starting the course, you will be required to complete QTS tests in Numeracy and Literacy, and to complete an anonymous medical questionnaire.
To become a teacher, you will need a relevant first degree. This should be at least a 2:2 Honours degree, though we give strong preference to applicants with a 2:1 Honours degree or above. If you are applying for a specific subject, at least 50% of your degree should be in this.
You will also need a GCSE pass (equivalent to Grade 4 or above) in English and Mathematics and Science if you are training to teach in Primary School.
You will also have to complete QTS tests in Numeracy and Literacy before starting the course.
During your time on our course, you will have two sustained placements, and enhancement opportunities in a variety of different schools including our Sixth Form College, also including an Alternative Provision and a school for children with profound educational needs.
Your two sustained placements will run from September to February and March to June.
You will spend 165 days in school which will include 45 days of enhancement experience.
A strong and central part of our training is the way we support you with regular (at least weekly) observations of you teaching carried out by your mentor and other colleagues. This process provides you with regular and detailed feedback on your progress. Along with this, we expect you to be self-reflective striving always to improve your professional practice. This is one of the hallmarks of really great teaching.
During your training year, you will spend most of your time in school on two sustained placements, along with enhancement opportunities, subject knowledge sessions and general education sessions. You will also have the chance to take part in CPD sessions within your school.
As well as your placements and enhancement opportunities, we will take you out of the classroom each week as an entire cohort to allow you to become familiar with the practice of teaching and to support you with your university assignments.
Throughout the year, you will also have dedicated sessions to develop your knowledge and the pedagogy of your subject. This will equate to one afternoon every 2 weeks of input from a specialist teacher of your subject. These sessions will cover the detail of the subject for your subject along with specific tips on examination techniques and ways to teach.
The Training Year is intensive and you will be expected to work outside of the classroom and the working day. This is a fact of life for all teachers, but the better organised you are the easier you will find this to manage. Alongside the routine of planning and reflecting on your teaching you will also engage with activities that assess your competence against the Teaching Standards, how you are developing your subject knowledge and expertise and there are also 2 assignments set by our University Partner for the award of PGCE that you can obtain through our programme.
Our enhancement opportunities give trainees a unique and valuable insight into teaching in different types of schools. At the end of your second placement, you will have the chance to revisit a school of your preference to gain more experience working with children of different ages and abilities.
You will work with children across all Key Stages during your traineeship, to give you experience of the curriculum at all levels.
As a secondary trainee, you will experience Key Stages 3 and 4, or ages 11-16, in your placements. You will then also have the opportunity to work with Key Stages 1, 2 and 5 during enhancement.
As a primary trainee, you will work with Key Stages 1 and 2 during your placements, and experience other Key Stages during your enhancement.
We ensure that you experience every Key Stage because if you have no idea what happens across the age groups, how are you meant to teach and prepare your own students?
Unless you are undertaking a salaried training route, you will not be paid to train. Currently we do not offer any Salaried Training places. However, many secondary subjects are eligible for a training bursary or scholarship.
The Teachers’ Standards are separated into two parts, and outline the expectations of teachers as dictated by The Department for Education.
They are relevant to trainees as it is important that you develop the qualities of a teacher, as well as the subject knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and teaching, throughout your training year.
The training year is only the first part of a two-year process to becoming a fully qualified teacher. In your first year of teaching as a newly qualified teacher you will undertake additional training and development organised by your employing school. At the SCITT we also offer continued support and assistance once you have graduated from our programme and we are always happy to provide references to our alumni as they build their career.
In your NQT year you are given much more independence – particularly in the classroom where you will be expected to teach independently straight away. You will still have the support of a mentor, but this support will be much less ‘hands on’ than during your training year. You will also teach more classes as an NQT – typically 20 teaching periods per week, rather than the 15 periods you would be expected to teach towards the end of your training year. However, you are still completing your NQT year and you will need to collate evidence of continuing to meet the Teaching Standards at 3 points during this year in order to have your QTS ratified and signed off.
As part of our offer we can offer you School Experience, either before or after your interview. Getting experience of a real classroom in a real school can help you to make the decision to become a teacher or not, but it is not a formal requirement.