Merton Special Teaching Alliance Primary (T850)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
e-Qualitas
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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.mertonspecialteachingalliance.org.uk/Initial-Teacher-Training-ITT/

Contents

About the course

This ITT course is a school-based, school-led, blended learning programme, comprising a sequenced balance of training and independent study provided by e-Qualitas. The eQ training approach includes core face to face days, subject specific and pedagogy blended learning resources, learning tasks and theory papers. Start dates are flexible as we have rolling recruitment and a cycle of training days starts each term for the group of full-time trainees starting then. Our curriculum has a shared vision, is well sequenced and cohesively integrated in schools that prepares trainees for the reality of the classroom through sustainable workload and support. Mastery of the eQ ITT curriculum is at the heart, sequentially supporting trainee development through ‘learning that’ and’ learning how to’ across the core areas of behaviour management, classroom practice and adaptive teaching, subject knowledge and pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours. e-Qualitas has a comprehensive range of best practice research-based learning resources that come together as a coherent high-quality training offer for our trainees.

eQ recognises that all training situations are different, and we tailor aspects of the learning journey towards mastery of the eQ curriculum and the Teachers’ Standards training accordingly. Each trainee, in his or her school, is in a unique position, learning how to plan so that all pupils and students in their context, make good progress in lessons and over time.

Our trainees spend most of their time in school. They move from co-teaching with experienced staff to independent teaching (with support and advice from other teachers). Most trainees are teaching about a 50% timetable by a third of the way through their course, rising to 60% in the middle term, and rising again in the final term. A 6-week placement in a contrasting school usually takes place in the middle of the training period. Trainees typically attend about 10 training days plus phase/ subject specialist days in the centre (currently central London, near Fenchurch Street). Some of these days are likely to be offered as blended virtual learning days going forward. There is a comprehensive VLE to support independent study, and pro-forma that can be used for lesson planning, observations, and to structure evaluative writing etc. A tutor from e-Qualitas visits for a whole day each half term.

A unique opportunity to join Cricket Green School offering successful applicants a rare chance to gain QTS whilst completing extensive coverage of blended SEN and Primary training.

School placements

Successful candidates will cover the 4-9 age range in primary placements gaining valuable knowledge, skills and experience of teaching in a mainstream environment. You will also teach for at least 1 ½ terms in our special school across KS1, KS2,KS3 and KS4 gaining vital SEN experience and valuable pedagogical insights.

At least 1.5 terms in the host school, Cricket Green School across KS1, KS2 and KS3 - special school placement. At least 1 term in a mainstream primary school covering the current delivery of the National Curriculum; 50% in year 1 and 50% in year 4.

Candidates will be employed by Cricket Green School for the duration of the course an annual salary. You will be expected to work 5 days per week excluding attendance on e-Qualitas courses.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSE grade C / 4 or better in English and mathematics. Higher grades are strongly preferred. For primary, applicants will also need GCSE grade C / 4 or better in science.

A bachelor’s degree in a related subject is required. A 2.1 honours degree is preferred; those with a 2.2 honours degree are considered.

Applicants with less than a 2.2 honours degree are considered if there is strong evidence that the class of degree under-represents his or her capacity to become an excellent teacher. .

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include: * Subject knowledge * Motivation to become the best teacher possible * Ability to analyse and learn from experience * Creativity and imagination * Capacity for hard work * Perseverance * Good organisational skills * Empathy and a liking for young people. * Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher. * Must pass Secretary of State’s requirement for physical and mental fitness to teach.

Other requirements

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include: * Subject knowledge * Motivation to become the best teacher possible * Ability to analyse and learn from experience * Creativity and imagination * Capacity for hard work * Perseverance * Good organisational skills * Empathy and a liking for young people. * Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher. * Must pass Secretary of State’s requirement for physical and mental fitness to teach.

Salary

The trainee teacher will be paid on the unqualified teacher scale. The actual salary is agreed between the trainee and the school.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

MSTA works collaboratively with partners within Merton and beyond in order to bring about the best possible outcomes for pupils in our schools, especially those with special or additional needs. MSTA is led by two Merton (special) schools, Perseid and Cricket Green, along with (mainstream) primary schools Bishop Gilpin, Melbury College and the Smart Centre (special) and one (mainstream) high school, Ricards Lodge, in collaboration with Merton Local Authority. This complement provides a unique context for our Teaching School, led as it is by special schools working in close partnership with mainstream colleagues to ensure that our offer meets local need. MSTA offers trainees access to outstanding schools and outstanding teachers within our network, providing experience in local mainstream primary and specialist settings across Merton. A range of high quality professional development opportunities are available via this training route enabling trainees to fulfil their teaching and learning potential with us. 100% of MSTA ITT trainees who completed School Direct from 19-20 secured employment for 2020. For further information, please visit our website https://www.mertonspecialteachingalliance.org.uk/Initial-Teacher-Training-ITT/

About the accredited body

We are a large SCITT, working with schools of all kindsin the London area and across southern England. We have rolling recruitment, meaning that trainees can start in September or later in the academic year. Our aim is that all our trainees become excellent teachers. Everything we do is focused on this. In each of the last three years, two-thirds of our trainees have been graded ‘excellent’ in the final assessment for QTS.

Interview process

We will invite selected candidates to an interview. The invitation letter will give full details of the interview. This is likely to be a classroom exercise, literacy test, and panel interview. Interview Applicants must take the following to interview: their qualifications certificates; identity documents (photo id e.g. a passport, and evidence of residence e.g. a mobile phone bill or bank/savings statement); evidence of having taken the practice skills tests, or passed the actual skills tests. Overseas applicants must provide evidence of their eligibility to live and study in the UK Offers If we make you an offer, it could be conditional upon various things such as DBS clearance, passing the professional skills tests by a set date. You are entitled to wait for the outcome to all your applications before accepting an offer on UCAS and we fully endorse this.

Interested candidates can email: louis.jhugroo@cricketgreen.merton.sch.uk Deputy Head teacher and ITT lead for the school

Training with disabilities and other needs

MSTA welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities and other additional needs. We will work with candidates individually to accommodate their needs.

Contact details

Email
teachingschoolbookings@perseid.merton.sch.uk
Telephone
02086489737
Website
http://www.mertonspecialteachingalliance.org.uk/Initial-Teacher-Training-ITT/
Address
Perseid School
Middleton Road
Morden
Surrey
SM4 6RU

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