During the course of your training you will gain experience working within many settings and with children of differing abilities. This will ensure that you receive a broad understanding of the range of teaching required to suit the differing needs, ability and socio-economic backgrounds of the students.
You will spend the majority of the training year in your base school where you will be supported by a subject mentor and a professional mentor. Training sessions will take place every week in the form of twilight sessions, and over the course of the year there will be Professional Studies Days and Subject Days either at the Lead School or the University.
There will be a 4 week placement that you will undertake in a different school setting to gain a wider experience. We usually take into consideration access and location when placing trainees for this part of the year.
All of the partner schools within the Alliance have experienced mentors to support you through your training year. They will work closely with both the Lead School and the University to make sure you receive the best experience possible.
During the course of the training year you will have a 4 week placement at a contrasting school within the Alliance. This will be organised by your host school or with the CASTTA team and will take into consideration any personal requirements or special circumstances as far as is possible.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Physical education 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.
If you need to apply for Equivalency Testing for either Maths, English or Science GCSE, we use the following service :
Primarily we are looking for trainees who have a genuine interest in young people and how they learn best. Applicants who can demonstrate some recent and meaningful experience working with young people will have a much better idea about what makes an effective teacher. This doesn’t need to be paid work but any kind of helping activity, classroom observation or learning support helps to reinforce your application and discussion at interview. Candidates should be enthusiastic about their subject, have effective communication skills, an ability to understand written English and to speak and write clearly in English.
A full DBS check is also required (The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment).
Pay will be calculated using the Unqualified Teachers’ pay scales and the course fees will be paid for you.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
School Direct at Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance (CASTTA) provides school based learning opportunities with exceptional levels of support and guidance for all our trainees. We operate out of Fulston Manor School (Sittingbourne), but offer training across all age ranges with our partners, Blean (Canterbury) and Queenborough (Isle of Sheppey) Primary schools. We create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers all feel valued and supported and this leads to a school culture of enthusiasm, commitment and outstanding achievement.
The wider partnership of schools comprises a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, and both secondary and primary schools. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences.
Our staff have a proven track record in providing training and professional development. All our trainees receive the highest level of continual support throughout the programme and beyond. This covers all aspects of teaching life from behaviour management skills, subject knowledge, professional enrichment, AEN, inclusion and pastoral care (we uphold a specific focus on workload and well being across our partnership). All trainees have the opportunity to work closely with an experienced mentor and will become part of the school ethos from the first day of entry.
The Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance (CASTTA) operates out of Fulston Manor School and is the lead school for the CASTTA Alliance.
Interviews are organised by the CASTTA team on behalf of all of the schools where we have placements available. The interview is part of a rigorous recruitment process and applicants are required to undertake a number of tasks during the day. This will include a tour of the school, a 20 minute observation / meet the pupils session, written tests for literacy, numeracy, a subject knowledge exercise and a formal interview. You will be informed in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be meeting.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Applicants who would benefit from disabled access or have any special requirements should make CASTTA aware on the application form . Or alternatively can contact The CASTTA team prior to application to obtain further information and guidance.
Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance c/o Fulston Manor School Brenchley Road Sittingbourne ME10 4EG
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