The course will begin in September 2023 and last for one academic year with a trainees time being divided between school based placements (approximately 80%) and structured training days (approximately 20%) which will take place at either Hales Valley Teaching Hub or at one of our partner organisations (Haybridge Teaching School Alliance) and focus upon key educational theory and practice.
On the 44 week programme a trainee’s time is divided between Teaching Experiences and structured training sessions looking at subject delivery and wider professional issues. The teaching commitment will build up over the year: 30-40% in the Autumn term, 50% in the Spring and 75% in the Summer term. During the course trainees will be supported by their school-based practitioner who will be a good or outstanding teacher and leader within the school.
Trainees will be assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the teaching experiences, a range of tasks linked to Hales Valley/partnership workshops as well as three formal assignments that focus on key areas of teaching and learning.
SCITT is a school-led training course which gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced, highly-skilled colleagues and you immediately put your new skills into practice.
You spend on average 80% of the week in one of our 20 primary partnership schools teaching in key stage 1 and 2.
We have worked very closely with our partnership schools over the last nine years and have excellent relationships with them. They share our ethos, understanding the importance and value of school led teacher training.
You will have two school experiences throughout the year ensuring you gain experience in both key stage 1 and 2 enabling you to teach 5-11 year olds. You spend your first and last school experience in the same class, in the same school. Your second school placement is in a different school ensuring you gain a wider experience in your training.
You also spend time in EYFS and spend a day at a local secondary school in order to gain experience of both the key stage below and above where you will be qualified to teach.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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.
Successful candidates will be required to carry out an enhanced DBS check before commencing the programme.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Financial support from the training provider
Once individuals have accepted a place, they can then make applications for tuition fee loans through Student Finance England, to cover the cost of their training.
About the training provider
School Direct and SCITT courses are school-led training which gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one learning from experienced, highly-skilled colleagues and immediately put your new skills into practice.
Here at Hales Valley Teaching Hub, we offer three different routes into teacher training.
The first route we offer which are validated by the University of Birmingham are:-
Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7), 60 Masters level credits and QTS. You choose your specialism 3-7 or 5-11 year olds.
The second and third route we offer is in partnership with Haybridge School Centred Based Initial Teacher Training is:-
Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7), 60 Masters level credits and QTS.
Primary (3 - 7 year old) Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7), 60 Masters level credits and QTS.
Why choose Hales Valley Teaching Hub?
Excellent support and bespoke provision to meet the individual needs of our trainees.
22 primary partnership schools.
100% pass rate at good or above and 100% employment rate once qualified since we began offering the programme.
Experienced Hales Valley mentor designated to each trainee throughout the year.
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
Hales Valley Teaching Hub strives to be an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability, mental health or learning support needs, we’re here to help make sure you that you can access appropriate support to take advantage of the School Direct and SCITT experience.
How we support our teacher trainees depends on your condition and other circumstances. Support is individual and personalised to you and responsive to how your needs may change throughout your time with us.
Lutley Primary School Brookwillow Road Halesowen West Midlands B63 1BU
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).