Our Biology Teaching Apprenticeship programme is an innovative employment based route that is delivered in the heart of a rejuvenated East London. City Excellence in Teaching (CET) is an immersive experience that is perfect for you if you are looking to learn while you earn. You will work within our partner schools, and become part of a larger community of committed professionals. You will be part of the team.
The apprenticeship route is a fast track route into teaching. You begin on day one with some of your own classes, and you are mentored by our high calibre subject specialists to develop the craft of teaching through your classroom practice. Throughout the year you take on more classes as your confidence grows. This route is perfect for career changers or those who have been working in schools in other roles.
We are looking for candidates who are passionate about working in an inner-London context and see the teaching of Biology as significantly contributing to the life chances of young people.
We work with e-Qualitas who provide subject training days outside of your in school experience, and you are supported through online learning tools. Our apprentice trainees love the autonomy they have over their training.
We offer supplementary training through our ‘Enhanced Professional Studies’ programme. These sessions bring trainees together from across our cluster and builds a network of professionals who have chosen to train to teach in inner London schools. These training sessions ensure that you are prepared to meet the challenges, and make the most of the opportunities, that this unique context brings.
Another great benefit of this course is that you choose the school that you would like to apply to. We have 11 schools in our cluster and you can research them in advance and then after you submit your application we will ask you which are your top 3. We then send your application to the school that you choose.
We look forward to you joining our vibrant community of teachers to have a lasting impact on the lives of young people.
For more information about the partnership with e-Qualitas please visit their website here: https://www.e-qualitas.org.uk/
As a Teaching Apprentice trainee you will begin your training at the start of the academic year. The programme runs for one year and you achieve QTS only at the end of it. e-Qualitas have options for you to study for a PGCE in your NQT year if you would like to. Our schools employ you as a member of teaching staff through this programme and so salaries are set by the employing school. You teach a timetable at the school that is reduced to support you in your in your training. You will complete most of your year in your employing school, becoming very much part of the school. You will be mentored by subject specialists who are practising teachers in the schools as well as by experts from e-Qualitas.
You will complete a 6 week placement in a contrasting school. There is a lot of diversity within our cluster of schools. One benefit of applying to train to teach through us is that you know that all of your placements will be within a pre-defined local area. This offers you security and means that you can research the schools in advance. You will experience teaching in different settings and this will deepen your understanding of inner-city learning contexts. Our cluster includes primary and secondary schools and so there is an opportunity to teach for a short period in a different phase.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Teaching Apprentice trainees are employed by a school and paid a salary as a teacher. A grant from the DfE contributes to the cost of your employment and covers the training costs. You do not have to pay to train through this route. The salary varies depending on your experience. You will be paid on the unqualified teacher scale, which for inner London starts at £19,893 and extends to £29,088.
Salaries should be discussed with your employing school directly.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
City Excellence in Teaching is an innovative school-based initial teacher education (ITE) programme devised and facilitated by a cluster of Tower Hamlets schools with an excellent history of high quality ITE provision. We offer you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner city context. We work in partnership with EQualitas with whom you will gain your accreditation.
The lead school for ‘City Excellence in Teaching’ is Mulberry School for Girls who also leads ‘East London Teaching School Hub’ serving the professional development needs for all 176 schools in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. By training to teach with us, you’ll benefit from this extensive network of career-long professional learning. Find out more at www.eastlondontsh.org
Our mission is to ensure high quality teacher education with a specific focus on teaching in a global inner city context. We’re incredibly proud of the education we provide for young people in Tower Hamlets and are keen to work with trainee teachers who share our passion and commitment to ensure the best for inner city children. We offer supplementary training through our ‘Enhanced Professional Studies’ programme. This is an addition to training provided by your placement school and e-Qualitas. These sessions bring trainees together from across our cluster and builds a network of professionals who have chosen to begin their career in inner London. We ensure that you’re prepared to meet the challenges, and make the most of the opportunities, that this unique context brings.
Stage1: Your application form is received by Mulberry School for Girls, as the lead school for the City Excellence in Teaching partnership. If you meet the requirements for entry then our administrator will contact you to tell you which schools have vacancies for the salaried route and to ask you which schools you are interested in. Once you confirm this, the potential ‘employing school’ will consider your application and let you know if you are being invited to stage one of the selection process. This will be held at the ‘employing school’.
The Stage 1 process includes:
Delivering a teaching sequence
A written task
A panel interview
At Stage 1 we are looking to see that you have the potential to be a successful trainee teacher. We want to know why you are interested in teaching in inner London, and what drives your passion for teaching.
If you are successful in stage one of the selection process you will be recommended to e-Qualitas.
Stage 2: e-Qualitas hold stage 2 of the selection process. They will set you pre-training activities to complete and will conduct a school visit, meeting you at your employing school.
Examples of pre-training activities can be found here: https://www.e-qualitas.org.uk/applying-to-train
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
The central aim of City Excellence in Teaching is to provide the highest quality training experience for all in order to secure the best experience for all participants and as a consequence ensure the best educational opportunities for all pupils. As such, we are committed to an Equal Opportunity policy which enables all trainees to feel secure and confident, and to succeed to the best of their abilities.
City Excellence in Teaching has a commitment to placing the promotion of equality and diversity at the centre of every aspect of its work. We will implement all legal and local requirements, but also go beyond this to ensure our trainees needs are met.
Mulberry School for Girls, Richard Street Commercial Road London Greater London E1 2JP
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