Our School Direct (salaried) programme is tailored to meet the needs of applicants who:
would like to earn a salary whilst training
have substantial career experience
Cornwall Teaching School aims to recruit high-quality professionals to the teaching profession, providing high quality training which is robust, innovative and is informed by latest research to meet the needs of our locality. This is a flexible route for those with previous workplace experience who wish to teach computing in secondary schools.
This is an employment based route so you will be employed in a school whilst you train.
The School Direct (salaried) programme is intended for high quality career changers. There is an expectation that applicants for the School Direct (salaried) pathway will have a good first degree, and must demonstrate substantial career experience. ‘Trainees’ on the School Direct (salaried) route are not expected to teach more than 90% of a qualified teacher’s workload and will receive structured training during the programme. This will include self-study using online materials. The ‘trainee’ will have the same rights and responsibilities as a teacher.
On successful completion you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is possible that in some school trainees will also be able to work for the award of PGCE.
This route is only available within partnership schools who have identified employment capacity. Any school within the partnership may consider an applicant depending upon their employment needs. For this reason, candidates are expected to seek support from an employing school (either through current employment or intention to employ for the duration of the training programme) prior to application.
All candidates are required to gain a second placement during the course. This may be a short secondment to another school, or may be arranged on an extended one-day-per-week basis, and will be fleixble to the employing schools needs.
During the course candidates will attend subject studies training on a Tuesday for the first term. Trainees’ timetable will not exceed 90% of placement contact time.
You must hold an Honours level degree with a 2:2 classification or higher. It is strongly desirable that you hold a degree in a Mathematics related field. If your degree is partially related, or unrelated, to your chosen subject, we would expect you to hold an A Level in Mathematics and to have the capacity to complete SKE. Workplace experience may also be acceptable.
All candidates must hold a GCSE in Maths and English at Grade C/4 or higher on the first day of training.
For those who have gained qualifications abroad you may need a NARIC Check.
The application form and interview process is designed to assess suitability to train to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:
Commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
Enthusiasm for the chosen subject and a capacity to inspire learners;
Awareness of current educational issues;
Intrinsic passion for learning;
Commitment to own professional development;
Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills;
Ability to establish effective relationships with both pupils and adults;
Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
Emotional and physical resilience and readiness for hard work
As part of our commitment to safer recruitment, all successful candidates will undergo the full range of safeguarding checks, including their health & physical capacity to teach.
For those who have spent more than 3 months working or living abroad you may be required to gain a letter of good conduct or a workplace reference.
We are expected to make an assessment of fundamental English and mathematics knowledge before QTS is awarded. Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training.
Those following a School Direct Salaried Programme are not eligible to receive student support or a Department for Education Bursary/Scholarship.
Trainees will be employed on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale, and the salary is subject to employment-based deductions including National Insurance, Income Tax and Pensions contributions.
There are no course fees for those following this route with a QTS only outcome. Those wishing to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in addition to QTS will be charged £3,000, payable in 3 instalments.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Cornwall Teaching school aims to generate and maintain a sustainable model for developing local teachers and leaders and to secure outstanding practice in all phases of learning.
Cornwall Teaching School works closely with the well-established Cornwall SCITT partnerships which offer initial teaching opportunities in early years, primary and secondary phases along with the Truro and Penwith College post 16 training. The teaching school will be working with school partners to develop School Direct opportunities for high quality trainees and will continue to respond to national and local needs for subject specialist trainees and cross phase priorities.
The interview process will be bespoke to each employing school, however there will be many common features.
All candidates will participate in an initial interview to ensure that the candidate meets our high expectations and will include:
A pre-interview subject knowledge audit
A pre-interview written reflection on an educational topic
A short presentation to the interview panel with the applicant assuming the role of a teacher
A formal discussion focusing on subject knowledge, reflections on current educational issues which may include experience gained in a school context, and preparedness to teach.
The interview is likely to include a taught episode to students at the school and a formal interview. It may also include a tour of the school, meeting members of the department in which you may be working and a student panel.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Cornwall SCITT is founded on the principles of equality and inclusion. Our management team, academic tutors, subject leaders and school-based mentors strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all student teachers. Prior to the start of the course all student teachers undertake a health and physical capacity to teach check.
For those with additional learning needs, every student teacher receives bespoke support from a dedicated academic tutor who can provide support with assignment writing. Students can also access additional support through Student Finance’s Disabled Learning Allowance Scheme.
We carefully select placement schools for those with physical needs to optimise any reasonable adjustments that may be required. Mentors and subject leaders can provide support to those with visual and hearing difficulties to develop impairment-friendly strategies within the classroom.
Our personalised approach to learning allows those with mental health needs to develop their practice with support from the central management team. We offer an empathetic dialogue to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge throughout the programme.
Truro and Penwith College College Road Truro Cornwall TR1 3XX
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