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Mercia Learning Alliance Primary (5 - 11) (AW55)

QTS full time

Accredited body
The Sheffield SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://merciala.org.uk/
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Contents

Course summary

The Primary Mercia Learning Alliance School Direct course is overseen by Dore Primary School, Sheffield. Dore is a large primary school in south-west Sheffield, and has been at the heart of School Centred Initial Teacher Training for over 20 years. Dore Primary was a founding member of the ‘National SCITT in Outstanding Primary Schools’ in the late 1990s, and have been advocates of the school-centred approach to teacher training ever since.

This course is 5 - 11 years and will entail 4 days in school. During time in school you will be guided by an experienced mentor. One day per week you will join other teacher trainees. You will receive high quality training on all aspects of the Teacher Standards including: teacher presence and behaviour management, planning and teaching effective lessons, and how to really stretch and challenge students.

There are three formally assessed teaching practices throughout the year. You will begin, and spend the majority of the year, in your ‘Home School’ and there will be the opportunity to complete one teaching practice in a contrasting primary school, in an alternate Key Stage.

The 100% school-based approach we use means our own outstanding teachers are at the heart of your development. You will train by working alongside - and being mentored by - people who won’t ask you to do anything they can’t demonstrate by doing well themselves. They will be working with the same children you will be teaching, meaning conversations regarding pedagogy and methodology are pertinent and relevant.

With no blocks of time out at a University you will also experience the full cycle of the school year from welcoming and settling new students in September to celebrating the success of school leavers in July and the full annual cycle between. By the end of your year with us, you will be ready to teach across the full year as an NQT.

School placements

You will spend most of the training year in one school (the ‘Home School’) and these schools are central to the selection process and our school-based interview system.

You can express a preference for your Home School based on location, preference for the type of school or a personal connection to a community you want to serve, but we cannot guarantee to meet everyone’s preference.

There is also a short alternative placement in a contrasting alliance school during your training year and a brief experience in the phase you are not training to teach in.

It would be sensible for trainees to base themselves within commutable distance of their Home School so these are finalised with you before the summer holidays to allow you to arrange your accommodation. We make every attempt to make sure the alternative placement school is in an accessible location but it may involve a few weeks of travelling further to get that all important contrasting experience in the right school for you.

Currently, schools you can train in within our alliance are:

  • Dore Primary School
  • The Nether Edge Primary School
  • Totley Primary School
  • Hunters Bar Infants School

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We do not offer equivalency tests ourselves but there are 3rd party providers who do e.g. equivalencytesting.com and A Star Equivalency.

There are up front costs associated with these courses which you will need to fund. As the test centres could be a distance from where you live there could also be travel costs.

In addition you may need to book the test in advance. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pass the test before our course starts in September

Personal qualities

At Mercia we are looking for the next generation of outstanding teachers and subsequently those who will lead our schools in the future.

We are looking for applicants with:

  • Commitment to teaching
  • Insight into the realities of teaching
  • Resilience
  • An analytical approach to problem solving
  • Enthusiasm and passion for education
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

We are passionate about education and the difference it makes to young people and society as a whole. If you share our passion, please come and join us!

Other requirements

You will need to pass an Enhanced Criminal Record Check. Ideally you will have some experience working with children in a school or another organisation e.g. nursery, playgroups, scouts etc.

As we are not allowed to hold a licence to sponsor visa applications you will need to be a UK citizen or have been granted “Settled Status” by the U.K. Home Office.

If you are not a UK citizen you will need to prove you have access to Public Funds or have the ability to support yourself financially during your course prior to being offered a place.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £7,850.

There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.

If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is:

  • Term 1 : £2,000
  • Term 2 : £2,000
  • Term 3 : £3,850

With each amount being due on the first day of each term.

You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.

Financial support from the training provider

We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees.

However,

  • We will support you with the Student Finance Application process.
  • We will keep you informed as to whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.

We also provide free membership of the Westfield Healthy Extras emotional wellness support package to support you during your ITT year.

About the training provider

Based in the vibrant city of Sheffield with its amazing facilities, transport links and access to the Peak District, Mercia Learning Alliance is a first class choice for graduates looking for a successful career in teaching.

Our vision as Mercia Learning Alliance is to become a centre of educational excellence with a national reputation. Our ethos is that every professional in our alliance should strive to be the absolute best they can be. This places professional learning at the centre of all that we do and we see initial teaching training as integral to this.

Mercia Learning Alliance offers aspiring teachers a broad range of opportunities across subjects and key stages. Working with The University of Sheffield (Secondary) and The Sheffield SCITT (Primary), with a wide range of postgraduate qualifications on offer, you will have the opportunity to carry out your training in some of the best schools in the country, learning from inspirational teaching staff who are leaders in their field.

Our partnership schools are all committed to finding and developing their own teachers, therefore they are committed to their trainees. At Mercia Learning Alliance we want to ‘grow’ our own teachers, supporting you throughout your professional career from trainee all the way up to senior leader and beyond.

We offer unrivalled choice in terms of type of school and location across Sheffield to train and work in, but we remain small enough to know every trainee as an individual enabling us to personalise training needs.

Interview process

After completing the online application we shortlist applicants based on qualifications, experience and evidence of being ready to train to make a good teacher.

Interviews take place at Dore Primary School and are led by senior leaders and a member of the Mercia Learning Alliance team. The interview will consist of a welcome and introduction to the course, a 15 minute teaching activity and a formal interview.

We also ask you to sit mock numeracy and literacy papers to help us identify if you will need support before you start your ITT course.

We also ask you to reflect on your teaching activity.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a student teacher at The University of Sheffield (Secondary) you will have full access to support if you have a disability or additional needs. Full information is available here

We work closely with all our school partners (Primary and Secondary) to ensure that your needs are met whilst on placement, offering support and adaptations where necessary.

We encourage all our applicants to declare their disability on their application form and to discuss their requirements with us at interview. While disabled access to our schools is good we can only place trainees at the most suitable school to meet their needs if we know what those needs are.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@merciala.org.uk
Telephone
01142353855
Website
http://merciala.org.uk/
Address
King Ecgbert School
Totley Brook Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S17 3QU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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