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The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub English (N289)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Salary
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
11 to 18
Course length
4 terms
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
June 2022
Website
https://www.goldenthreadtsh.co.uk/
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Contents

Course summary

This programme aims to ‘develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative’. The Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship Scheme at the university has been designed to be both academic and vocational. It provides challenging expectations of you as a teacher apprentice to create a high quality teaching and learning environment which will engage your interest and motivation. The broad aims of the main curriculum component of the programme are to:

  • develop your subject knowledge with a subject specialist mentor and teach you how to put that knowledge into practice (pedagogy) in order to thrive in the culture of our schools;
  • enable you to become a highly motivated, outstanding effective, creative and reflective practitioner;
  • prepare you for a career in teaching that will prove to be successful and rewarding;
  • develop in you a commitment to and enthusiasm for continuing professional and personal development;
  • provide you with sufficient information, experience and opportunity in order that you might achieve the National Teacher Standards to enable you to be recommended for QTS.

School placements

The Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship Scheme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant in-school training. You will be teaching over four days in a high quality school from across our consortium. You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by consortium schools and our HEI partners. In school, you will be supported by a dedicated and trained subject mentor, as well as a professional tutor, who are school-based experienced staff. In addition, you will also have University based professional and subject tutors.
The apprenticeship starts in September 2022 and will last for 4 terms. Training through our consortium will also provide you with opportunities to develop your educational and professional studies through school-based sessions that include:

  • Use of data and reporting; Liaison with parents
  • Behaviour – sanction and reward
  • G&T (more able) and PP students
  • SEN / EAL, including the new SEN Code of Practice
  • Pastoral care
  • Differentiation
  • Assessment for Learning and Success Criteria
  • Pedagogy – planning and assessment
  • Access to our interactive NQT programme
    • Metacognition and EEF research on achievement including disadvantaged students

You will be in one school for the majority of the apprenticeship scheme with a second secondary 6 week placement during the programme. In addition, as part of your continual professional development, you will spend days in primary and SEND schools.

We currently work with over 16 partner secondary and primary schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented, hardworking candidates who have the qualities and personal skills suited to a career in teaching alongside the drive and ambition to make it happen. Qualities we are looking for include:

  • A friendly and approachable manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization and time management
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • A passion for your subject, drive and enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Imagination and the ability to be innovative
  • Evaluative nature being able to reflect on your performance
  • Leadership
  • A commitment to learning

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Apprenticeship or Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to show evidence throughout the course. Please note, it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

Salary

The salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales with any possible relevant experience.

There are no fees associated with this course.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

We are a consortium of secondary and primary schools across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Through our links with our university partners, we offer an innovative approach to your development as a teacher; a number of our school based colleagues lead sessions at the University, enabling you to benefit from the strengths that both the university and our schools bring to your teacher education programme. All our schools share our vision to develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative. We seek to develop your talents and attributes in relation to secondary pedagogy. This will enable you to not only meet the competencies required by the Teacher’s Standards, but to exceed them. The Golden Thread TSH Consortium of schools is part of the wider University partnership of secondary schools comprises a mixture of faith schools (Catholic and Church of England), as well as local authority and academy settings. You will be able to benefit from placements in 2 school settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering children a broad and balanced curriculum, one that both engages and excites them. It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers. We respect the cultures and backgrounds of the young people in our settings. In particular, we value the transformative role that a high quality secondary educational experience has, it enables young people to become informed, empowered and engaged and improving the outcomes for all.

Interview process

As a Lead School we will work together with the University of Derby in order to shortlist suitable candidates. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. In addition to a formal interview, you will be asked to undertake an observed short teaching task working with pupils and you will sit mock literacy and numeracy tests. The interview will take place at the school advertising the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship and will be conducted by the Teaching School.

Personal Statement Use your personal statement to tell us why you are committed to become a teacher. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching indicating what you have learnt from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

Email
LBU@painsley.staffs.sch.uk
Telephone
01538 493777
Website
https://www.goldenthreadtsh.co.uk/
Address
Painsley Catholic College - Sixth Form
Attlee Road
Cheadle
Stoke-on-Trent
ST10 1LL

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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