Our Secondary Programme offers high quality training, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Master’s level.
The course is 37 weeks long and combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate they have developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Teachers’ Standards for QTS. There are built-in assessment structures which help Trainees track their progression throughout the Colchester Teacher Training Consortium CTTC curriculum. This curriculum is centred around 4 key values: CREATIVITY, TARGETED INTERVENTION, THINKING CRITICALLY AND COLLABORATION and ensures trainees have full access to their entitlement under the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework.
The training consists of placements within two contrasting schools across the secondary age phase, along with centre-based training and engagement with evidence based academic research. There is also the opportunity to gain experience within specialist SEND (Special Education Needs & Disabilities) provision, Sixth form and Pupil Referral Unit settings. Additionally, trainees will have a lead mentor for subject studies to develop their chosen discipline.
The breadth of our partnership in Southend ensures that we are able to offer a diverse range of training opportunities with excellent support. You can see our current list of schools on our website www.southenditt.org.uk
What will you do in school?
Working alongside experienced teachers, you will be supported to take on a slowly increasing teaching role. You will build up from observing to co-teaching and working with small groups to teaching whole classes by the end of the final term. A school-based mentor and your subject tutor will provide high quality mentoring and pastoral support throughout your placements.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We do accept equivalency tests please contact us for further details.
It is essential for applicants to have excellent personal attributes, which will enable them to relate to young people and communicate effectively. Ideally, an understanding of what makes effective teaching and learning in the primary phase will also be of benefit.
Qualities sought include:
Commitment to the safeguarding of young people
Enthusiasm and commitment to continuing professional development
A willingness to train, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
Ability to cope with difficult and challenging situations
Good written and verbal communication skills
Well organised and hardworking
Sense of humour
We recognise that applicants will bring with them other relevant experience such as working with people and applying their subject knowledge to a range of context.
Offers of a training place are subject to safer recruitment procedures including pre-course screening checks. Safeguarding references will be sought and all applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. In addition, on-line searches will be carried out and overseas police checks will be sought for anyone who has spent more than three months outside of the UK.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,200.
Financial support from the training provider
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support for 2023 to 2024 will be announced by the Department for Education soon.
About the training provider
Southend Initial Teacher Training is a partnership of secondary schools working with Colchester Teacher Training Consortium (CTTC) to deliver high quality teacher training in the area.
Our Secondary School Direct programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including 60 Master’s level credits.
Placements are all in local partner schools with weekly training at the centre taking place in Southend (sessions for PE trainees will require some travel to Colchester with travel costs reimbursed).
We host events and school experience taster sessions throughout the year, further details are published on our website www.southenditt.org.uk and on social media.
About the accredited body
Established in 2003, CTTC is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme.
Their strong partnership of over 65 schools and colleges across Essex and South Suffolk provides diversity and choice for trainees. The training hubs are located in both Colchester, Ipswich and Southend to serve the local schools. Partner schools offer a wide range of educational experiences including grammar school, sixth form colleges and specialist SEND placements.
Our programmes are run in collaboration with our partner schools and in 2021, 100% of trainees commended the quality of CTTC’s curriculum and programme.
We invite short-listed applicants to participate in an interview process involving the following:
Planning and presenting a lesson to the interview panel
Applicants will be welcomed by our friendly team and the interview panel will consist of a Consortium Director and another leading member from our training team.
Applicants will be asked to complete a short English and Maths task which includes composing a letter. This gives the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate how they can communicate in writing, accurately and effectively.
The interview itself will last for approximately 30 minutes and includes a 10 minute presentation on the lesson, discussing the reasoning behind the lesson design.
Questions will be framed around the applicant’s previous relevant experience, skills, knowledge of the curriculum and aptitude for becoming a teacher of the future. The process will also ensure that potential candidates are safe and appropriate to work with children and ensure their commitment to celebrating economic, social and cultural diversity.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Colchester Teacher Training Colchester County High School Norman Way Colchester CO3 3US
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
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