This ITT course is a way for passionate and enthusiastic people to train to become teachers. You will be trained in a highly professional and supportive environment and will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise that will enable you to plan and deliver engaging learning experiences for pupils of all abilities and dispositions.
Trainees are based in schools from the first day of term and spend the majority of their time in a school environment in order to learn hands on.
The training modules cover: planning learning; managing pupils’ behaviour; assessing learning; learning for all including high-attainers, EAL, those with special educational needs; overcoming barriers to learning; the organisation of the curriculum and cross-curricular issues; effective teaching of the subject. There are two assignments: one on learning for all, one on effective subject teaching.
You will receive training from both e-Qualitas and across our network of schools on areas such as lesson planning, behaviour for learning, assessment and progress, giving you a wider perspective on aspects of pedagogy and beyond.
Assessment is on-going, with self-assessment, 5-weekly assessment points for the in-school trainers’ assessments and feedback, and tutor assessments. The final assessment for QTS is verified by an eQ tutor who has not been previously involved in the trainee’s training.
Throughout all of this you will receive support both in school, from your subject mentor and professional tutor.
If you are successful you will be assigned to the school which you have applied (or an alternative as discussed at interview if this place is full).
A UK undergraduate degree with a first or 2:1 classification, or recognised equivalent (a 2:2 classification may be accepted for candidates who demonstrate exceptional aptitude or have long term experience in a school setting) which must be at least 50% in the subject you want to teach.
A GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths
If you have studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are the equivalent to UK GCSEs, A Levels and an undergraduate degree.
Evidence of an interest and enthusiasm for teaching young people.
Strong specialist knowledge of the subject you wish to teach.
School experience is essential if you are interested in becoming a teacher. Before you apply for teacher training, it is advisable to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible. Spending time in a classroom is the ideal way to strengthen your application. School experience gives you the chance to watch lessons and see for yourself what it’s really like to be a teacher – and allows you to draw on your own examples in your application and interview.
You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify your suitability for working with children and young people.
Experience within a school in the last 2 years is favourable.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
“Teachers are highly skilled and enthusiastic; they are relentless in their drive to help students to achieve their very best.” OFSTED 2014
The Three Rivers Teaching Alliance has developed a strong network of schools to deliver a dynamic School Direct teacher training programme. We work in partnership with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities offering one year full time School Direct tuition placements in primary and secondary settings leading to a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
You would become part of this long established partnership of schools that work closely together to share good practice and learn from each other. We believe passionately in the school based route into teaching and are dedicated to using our knowledge, skills and expertise to train the next generation of teachers. We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of host schools including first, middle schools and high schools. In our schools trainees feel valued and supported. They have access to a high quality training programme and engage in a wide variety of experiences. Each trainee is assigned a mentor, carefully selected for their ability to develop the practice of new entrants to the profession, allowing them to fulfil their potential to become outstanding practitioners.
As you have chosen a specific school which you would like to train within our alliance you will be interviewed at that school. On the interview panel will be a member of the Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance, the subject leader and possible a member of the senior leadership team.
If the school place you have applied to gets filled, you may be asked to attend an interview at another school instead.
The interview process will consist of planning and teaching a 20 minute lesson, an individual interview and in some cases a subject knowledge test.
English and Mathematics skills tests are no longer required.
Assessments of English and Mathematics knowledge will be made at interview.
If the applicant is successful, the school’s feedback enables e-Qualitas to make a conditional offer of a place. This is confirmed after the necessary conditions have been met, and an e-Qualitas tutor has visited the school. The tutor checks that the applicant is indeed suitable for entry to initial teacher training, checks that the school will make appropriate arrangements for the in-school training, and works out the individualised training plan.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate and support all candidates, including those with additional needs.
The Three Rivers Teaching Alliance The King Edward VI School Cottingwood Lane Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1DN
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