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Harrow Collegiate Alliance English (S048)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Middlesex University
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.whitmore.harrow.sch.uk/schooldirect
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Course summary

Language is at the heart of everything we do. It sustains thought, development and community. As an excellent written and verbal communicator, this is your chance to strengthen young people’s English skills through writing, reading, speaking and listening. Whether chairing a lively debate or navigating a class through a complex Shakespeare extract, you’ll be an inspiring influence for pupils from all backgrounds.

We are passionate about language and literature in all its forms. Combining your enthusiasm for literature and communication with the educational theory and practice offered on this course, our team of experienced English teachers will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to both educate and inspire secondary English pupils. Through interactive workshops, tutorials, lectures and debates as well as hands-on teaching practice at your placement schools, this one-year full-time course enables you to meet and exceed the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status.

The course includes interrelated elements that focus on the school and classroom, language, literature and communication. Key areas addressed during the course include the teaching of literature, media aspects of English; an exploration of support for language and learning needs; and the role of Drama within English.

This ambitious school-led training programme has been designed in partnership with Middlesex University. We emphasise the importance of developing strong subject knowledge and an understanding of associated theory and pedagogy for teaching. Your training comprises an integration of centre-based training at Middlesex University with school-based training within the alliance schools. You will have an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate that you are meeting the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the training programme.

Training is designed to support trainee development in 5 core areas – behaviour management, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours.

Trainees will be supported by mentors, university tutors and expert colleagues throughout their training to support their development.

In addition, you will be able to study for a postgraduate award, PGCert Teaching providing access to an ambitious curriculum for developing teachers.

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School placements

Your training will be predominantly based at the host school, your employing school other than

  • every other Monday you will be at the university throughout the year
  • your second placement at another school for approx. 6 weeks in the second term, i.e. after Christmas.

Through an initial programme of observations and research you will become familiar with the organisation and working of the school and department (pupil groups and pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).

From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of the teaching staff by fellow professionals. With your departmental mentor, other expert colleagues and Professional Coordinating Mentor (PCM), you will feel supported as you progress and become ready to teach as the placement progresses. Our mentors are experienced teachers and undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills to support your development as a teacher. Your time in school provides you with the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with children and young people in a familiar environment.

Your shorter second teaching placement is intended for you to apply and develop your teaching skills whilst also widening your experience of the school system in a new context. We would endeavour to ensure that this second school is one of our HCA partner schools but cannot absolutely guarantee this. Please be assured that the quality of the training will be quality assured by the HCA and the university. You return to your host school after this placement.

While in your main host school and during your second placement, your university tutor will visit to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English 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.

We also accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or other appropriately accredited providers if the testing arrangements have been approved by the ITT team at our partner university Middlesex University.

We cannot accept functional skills or key skills.

Personal qualities

You should be:

  • Enthusiastic about your subject;
  • Able to communicate clearly in written and spoken English;
  • Open to advice and positive professional criticism;
  • Diligent, organised, smartly dressed, punctual and committed to full attendance;
  • Able to shoulder individual responsibility and work collaboratively;
  • Committed to equal opportunities;
  • Willing to work with pupils beyond the school day.

You should also have:

  • Basic computing skills, with a commitment to developing these;
  • Good health, physical and mental;
  • A sense of humour;
  • A vision of teaching more than just giving information or crowd control

Other requirements

We strongly encourage you to undertake school experience observation in UK secondary schools before applying. Although this is not mandatory, this will enable you to explore your motivation to teach, and your understanding of what teaching is like, when you are discussing this at interview.

This school experience does not need to be in the school you are applying to, but should be in the subject you are planning to teach (or a closely-related discipline).

All teacher trainees will undergo an Enhanced Criminal Records check, Health checks and Prohibition to Teach checks. Further information can be obtained at interview.

Salary

The successful candidate will be paid a full-time salary by the employing host school on the non-qualified teacher pay range, at a level depending on your qualifications and experience.

The tuition fee for this course will be covered by the employing school.

Trainees on salaried programmes are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Harrow Collegiate Alliance (HCA) is comprised of a wide range of high performing Outer London secondary schools, committed to transforming young people’s lives through inspirational teaching. We are an innovative and growing partnership with schools in Harrow, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Edgware and Hillingdon (click for a map of our schools).

We are looking for exceptional candidates with a passion for your subject grounded in academic achievement as well as a deep commitment to working with young people to enhance their life opportunities through education.

Whitmore High School is the Lead School, and partner schools include Alperton Community School, Avanti House School, Bentley Wood High School, Canons High School, Harrow High School, Hatch End High School, Haydon School, Kingsbury High School, Kingsley Special School, Nower Hill High School, Park High School, Regent High School, Rooks Heath College, Sacred Heart Language College, St. Mary’s & St. John’s School and Whitefriars School.

We offer the opportunity to train with experienced teachers in dynamic learning environments that foster talent. We have extensive opportunities for professional development including an excellent Masters Programme with St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

In addition, we offer:

  • Genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both challenging pupils and some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials led by experienced Leadership team members and school staff;
  • The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive, professional staff;
  • The opportunity to become part of a school community, gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of teaching.

Interview process

If selected you would be required to attend an interview at the host school. This will include:

  • a tour of the school
  • literacy/numeracy tests
  • classroom/teaching exercise
  • panel interview

You may be asked to teach a short segment of a lesson, in which case full details will be provided in advance. Do not worry! This is an opportunity for us to see you in a classroom setting, and we are fully aware you may have had no previous teaching experience. The lesson may not go as planned, but it’s important to be honest with your thoughts when we ask you about the lesson during the subsequent interview panel.

Further details of the interview structure will be emailed as part of your interview confirmation.

If you are successful at the Stage 1 (school interview), the university will call you for Stage 2 of interview at the university. This is an ideal opportunity for you to get to know the team at Middlesex University that you will be working with during your training year, and for them to get to know you.

If you are rejected at Stage 1 (school interview), we will contact you and upload the rejection to Apply including reasons for the rejection that you (alone) would be able to see.

If you are rejected at Stage 2 (university interview), the university will get in touch to outline the reasons for their decision.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

HCA and our partner university are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities. The HCA invites you to contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged – schooldirect@whitmore.harrow.sch.uk

Middlesex University offers advice and support to their trainees who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@whitmore.harrow.sch.uk
Telephone
02088647688
Website
http://www.whitmore.harrow.sch.uk/schooldirect
Address
Whitmore High School
Porlock Avenue
Harrow
Middlesex
HA2 0AD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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