PLEASE NOTE: From 2021 our salaried programme will only be available for candidates who are already supported by a school. This may mean that you are currently working in a school already and they would like to offer you a salaried placement, or you may have developed a relationship with a local school through volunteering, being on the PTA or as a governor, and have discussed and had agreement to you completing the salaried programme with that school. Whatever the relationship, your supporting school must have informed us of their intention to employ you on the salaried programme and support your training on this route BEFORE you submit your application. We will not be able to accept applications from candidates who do not yet have a support school, if you apply without this then we will need to reject or withdraw your application.
Our highly regarded Salaried School Direct programme is a demanding and rewarding route into teaching where you are employed by a school and paid a salary throughout. Like all our programmes, it incorporates hands-on classroom practice in two placement schools with ongoing central training.
Being on the Salaried programme means that you will have classroom responsibilities from September; Associate Teachers (trainees) can have sole responsibility for up to 12 hours of teaching per week from September, with a further increase in hours later in the training year if appropriate. We have carefully designed our programme to ensure that you are prepared for this responsibility by incorporating our unique and innovative ‘Summer Programme’ in July.
The Summer Programme is an intensive programme of central training designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and classroom practice ready for September. This is a compulsory part of the programme and therefore applicants must be able to attend for three weeks from 05/07/2021 - 23/07/2021. The Summer Programme cannot be combined with other paid work, for example as a TA in a school.
As an Associate Teacher you will build up a body of evidence to show how you are meeting the Teachers’ Standards in the context of your training. This is a continual process and regular advice and guidance is given about the best forms of evidence to use to show progress. You will have a designated ‘Visiting Tutor’ who will visit you at different stages throughout the programme to monitor your progress and assess the evidence that you have collected.
This carefully designed programme combines two school placements that are carried out alongside each other from October half-term through to at least April.
The structure set out below means that Associate Teachers on this route spend the majority of time in their main (employing) placement school during the year whilst also building up experience and expertise in a contrasting placement school every Wednesday from October. The second placement is carefully selected to ensure that it is geographically accessible, but also significantly different to the main placement to give a useful set of opportunities for deep learning and reflection beyond the main placement.
Monday: Main Placement
Tuesday: Main Placement
Wednesday AM: Second Placement
Wednesday PM: Training
Thursday: Main Placement
Friday: Main Placement
The second placement runs until at least the Easter holiday and, depending on a range of factors, may continue into the summer term.
a UK degree or recognised international equivalent (applicants with non-UK degrees must ensure that they have obtained the relevant equivalency statement from NARIC)
GCSE English and Maths, grade C/4 or above or recognised equivalent (evidence of equivalence will be required)
2:1 or above in a relevant degree
Our Person Specification has been carefully developed by the partnership and is the basis for the recruitment process. Full details and our Person Specification can be found on our website
Whilst a specified number of days of school experience is not a defined requirement, we believe that the best way for potential applicants to find out whether a career in teaching is suitable for them is to spend time in a school. We run an extensive school experience programme as well as a range of information events and recruitment workshops for all applicants.
The salary for this programme is £23,000.
You will be employed on a fixed term, 55-week contract for the full length of the programme, from July 2021 to the end of your training in July 2022. This covers the Summer Programme, summer holiday and the academic year from September to July. The salary amounts vary depending on the subject you choose to teach; this is due to the amount of national funding available in different subject areas.
There are no fees or costs associated with the Salaried QTS programme, but Associate Teachers undertaking the optional Master’s level PGCE element will pay the course fee of £1,100. For Salaried School Direct programmes no further financial support is available from the partnership, or in the form of student loans or bursaries.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Oxfordshire Teacher Training is a dynamic, schools-led organisation that is committed to delivering exceptional and inspiring programmes to prepare people to be excellent new teachers. Our trainees are called Associate Teachers which indicates your status as someone starting out in this fantastic profession.
Our programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status and you also have the option to add a Master’s level PGCE to your programme. We have a 100% employment rate and the Headteachers who have employed our graduates have been unanimous in their agreement that our training ensures people are well prepared for the profession.
As an organisation we are big enough to offer a wide range of high-quality programmes, whilst also having a highly personalised approach and ethos which nurtures individuals. In December 2017 we were graded as Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted ITT inspection ‘The SCITT is outstanding. The central team are committed to excellence. Their clear moral purpose and drive have secured an excellent reputation for the partnership.’
For 2021-22 programmes we will be offering you a choice of three school-based locations for training - Banbury, Oxford and Henley. We work with a diverse partnership of nursery, primary, special and secondary schools across Oxfordshire and that means that you will be able to specify a preference of location for both training and placement schools. Please note that some elements will only be delivered in one location so you will need to travel at times, see our website for further information.
Our recruitment and selection process is designed to allow us to make the right decisions and to give applicants an insight into how we operate as an ITT provider. During all stages of the process you will be assessed against our Associate Teacher Person Specification
The recruitment and selection day involves a number of elements which give you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and suitability. Due to Covid-19 our recruitment process will take place in an adapted format online, via Zoom, until it is safe to complete the day in a partnership school. Candidates who are invited to interview will receive detailed instructions in advance. The different elements of the recruitment and selection day will be assessed by a panel made up of key members of our SCITT Team and colleagues from our partnership of schools.
Candidates can expect to complete an interview and presentation, a lesson/planning activity, a group task and a written task. There is a full breakdown of the process on our website. We encourage all applicants to find out more about the application and recruitment process by reading the full details online and also by attending one of our information events or application workshops
Due to the employment-based nature of our Salaried School Direct programme, your supporting school may require you to undertake a short interview process with the Headteacher and a suitable panel, depending on their school policy.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At Oxfordshire Teacher Training we are committed to equality of opportunity for youngsters in our schools and therefore equality of opportunity for those training to teach them, in order that we create a diverse and inclusive profession. We welcome all applications and are happy to discuss any specific needs or concerns with you at any stage.
In the early stages of training, you will be invited to dig deep and share your specific needs, core values and beliefs with the SCITT Team, who will then tailor bespoke support packages for you. This not only ensures accessible learning during all training opportunities - both in school and with peers in training - but also ensures each individual develops and strengthens their own particular teacher toolkit, for a sustained and mentally-healthy teaching career ahead. This means that Associate Teachers with, for example, profound hearing impairment, with processing or memory challenges or with a history of social anxiety will have the opportunity to observe highly-skilled practitioners with identical needs and discuss strategies to overcome traditional barriers and stigma.
Our dedicated Wellbeing Team works hand-in-hand with Programme Leaders and partnership colleagues to construct a support package which emphasises guided independence, and prioritises self-care and increasing agency, in order to ensure that each graduate Associate Teacher leaves the programme knowing when and where to seek support and advice.
That so many of our alumni become mentors, buddies and partnership colleagues is testament to this pioneering approach to nurturing the whole teacher within mentally-healthy school communities.