During the initial teacher training year Hillingdon SCITT trainees will not only learn about pedagogy in general but they will also learn about subject specific pedagogy. Hillingdon SCITT trainees will be trained to teach 2 consecutive Secondary Key Stages (KS3 and KS4) in their chosen subject. Trainees will also experience some KS5. Simultaneously trainees will also be given the opportunity to improve and expand their subject knowledge. During the training year trainees may have the opportunity to teach a 2nd subject of their choice.
All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of observing and learning from experienced colleagues, teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, as well as professional development. The 5th day will be a Professional Learning day with Hillingdon SCITT, which will be held at Bishop Ramsey CE School (which is where Hillingdon SCITT is based) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, trainees will undertake an Enquiry Based Pedagogy Project of their choice.
Trainees will have placements in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will be able to observe teaching and learning in other educational settings eg. Special Schools, Pupil Referral Unit and Primary Schools. Whilst on placement, school direct salaried trainees need to be prepared to teach up to 3 to 3.5 days from the start of the academic year, which may vary weekly.
Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them as well as, Phase and Subject Leads from Hillingdon SCITT. To achieve QTS, all trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against their mastery of the ITE Curriculum as well as the Teachers’ Standards.
Trainees who meet requirements of the PGCert for Brunel University will have the opportunity to study for this alongside the QTS (QTS is accredited by Hillingdon SCITT). There will be 3 assignments for this during the training year.
During the training year, trainees will teach in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will spend the majority of the year in 1 Partner School (where they were interviewed). The 2nd placement is for the duration of 6 weeks, where trainees will be placed in a contrasting school.
Most of the Partnership Schools are located within a few miles from the Lead School. Our Partner Schools have excellent public transport links including buses and the National Rail network (underground and overground). Full directions to the schools in the Partnership can be found on their websites. Central London is within easy reach.
Brunel University is located in Uxbridge, North-West London. The nearest underground station is Uxbridge, from which it is about 15 minutes’ walk from the Main Site Campus or a short bus ride.
For entry onto a course, the following qualifications are required:
A degree (or equivalent) . (Applicants with a 2:2 or above from the UK or equivalent will be eligible to take the PGCert.) Applicants with a 3rd will only be eligible for the QTS.)
The majority of the content from the applicant’s undergraduate degree should be in the subject that they wish to teach.
A Grade C or 4 in GCSE/equivalent in English and Maths.
If applicant’s have completed their undergraduate degree or secondary schooling internationally, Hillingdon SCITT will require a NARIC equivalence.
Hillingdon SCITT are looking for ambitious applicants who are passionate, enthusiastic, committed and have a desire to share that with children and young people of all abilities.
The salaried route is more suitable for applicants who have worked in schools with children. Therefore, such applicants should be familiar with how teaching and learning takes place within schools.
All successful applicants will be subject to:
Disclosure Barring Service checks
Health and physical capacity to teach
Applicants will be paid on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale, which will be determined by each Partner School. Applicants are welcome to discuss their salary during the interview.
The cost of the PGCert is £2100. The cost of the QTS will be paid by the applicants employing school.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Bishop Ramsey, as a Lead School, on behalf of its Partner Schools are seeking to recruit people to become Primary and Secondary School Teachers for North West London and beyond. We are looking for people who are not only passionate about education, have an excellent academic background, and are committed to working with children and young people to make a difference in their lives.
Trainees who join Hillingdon SCITT (via Bishop Ramsey) will be fully supported and challenged to become reflective, resilient and resourceful practitioners. All the Partner Primary and Secondary Schools have extensive experience of training teachers and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community. The teachers in our Partner Schools are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills. They are supportive and eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
The course provides a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences in at least two schools. Children and young people across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do.
About the accredited body
Hillingdon SCITT, an Ofsted recognised Outstanding ITT Provider, located in North-West London, is the accrediting provider for QTS for all trainees who have applied to Bishop Ramsey and their Partner Schools.
Hillingdon SCITT has successfully trained 3 cohorts of Primary and Secondary teachers. Upon completion of the course Hillingdon SCITT trainees have been graded as Good or Outstanding towards the Teachers’ Standards. As a result, our trainees a highly employable and we have had 100% employment rate upon course completion.
In conjunction with the Lead School, Hillingdon SCITT will co-ordinate the recruitment process.
The interview process, which is rigorous and thorough, will involve a full day spent at one of the Partner Schools, which is likely to be the main placement training school for the duration of the training year.
The recruitment day includes:
Teaching a lesson or working with a group of students which will be observed by a qualified teacher (applicants will be given the information in advance about the content of the lesson, the duration and the age group that they will be teaching)
A short presentation (applicants will be given the information prior to the interview to prepare for the presentation)
Literacy and Numeracy tests (these are internal Hillingdon SCITT tests to assess the applicant’s fundamental skills in English and Maths)
Interview (the panel will consist of representatives from Hillingdon SCITT and the Partner School)
There may also be the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and possibly a tour of the school.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Candidates who have disabilities or other needs should contact Hillingdon SCITT prior to their application to discussion their needs and the bespoke support that we can provide for them during their initial training year.
The individual Partner Schools have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact Hillingdon SCITT for more information.
Brunel University (Hillingdon SCITT’s PGCE provider) has full disabled access and is committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities.
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