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 Research Project.
Trainees will experience teaching in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will also have the opportunity to observe teaching and learning in other educational settings eg. Special Schools, Pupil Referral Unit and Primary Schools. Trainees will be expected to teach in incremental according to each training phase. A teaching timetable will be created that is bespoke to each Trainee based upon their prior experience and readiness to teach.
Throughout the year, Trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them as well as, Phase and Subject Leads from Hillingdon SCITT. In order to achieve QTS, all Trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against their mastery of Hillingdon SCITT’s Professional Learning Curriculum followed by the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the course.
Trainees who meet requirements of the PGCert for Brunel University will have the opportunity to take 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 the main placement school (where they were interviewed). The 2nd placement is for the duration of 6 weeks, where Trainees will be placed in a contrasting school. The majority of our Partner Schools located in Hillingdon with others in neighbouring boroughs.
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 stations is Uxbridge, from which it is about 15 minutes’ walk from the Main Site Campus or a short bus ride.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
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.
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:
Teachers and Others Prohibited from the Profession Check
Section 128 Barring Directions
Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service Checks
Childcare Disqualification Declaration Check
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.
In conjunction with the Lead School, Hillingdon SCITT will co-ordinate the recruitment process.
The recruitment process will involve between half a day and a full day being 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).
English and Maths tests.
An 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.
It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.
You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.
Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.
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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