As a Secondary School Centred Initial Teacher Training Salaried trainee you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a school from the start of the academic year and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn alongside experienced teachers. Former trainees identify this as a particular strength: ‘On the job training is the best way to find out what works in practice’.
Development of a trainee’s subject knowledge is a key feature of our training programme and we create many opportunities for trainees to develop their subject knowledge, not only first hand from your school based mentors but also from our subject knowledge trainers who are all practising teachers and share their extensive knowledge and expertise about how to teach their subject to secondary school students.
Secondary SCITT Salaried trainees receive core and subject knowledge training on one day per week throughout the training period from September to June.
On this course you will achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters’ credits and Qualified Teacher Status. In order to achieve QTS, you will be assessed against all parts of the Teachers’ Standards as you accumulate the evidence across the ten month training programme. Additionally, to gain your PGCE there are three Masters’ level assignments to write during your training and they help to link theory to the practice of what you are teaching in the classroom. Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT are a ‘personalised relational, ethical’ Initial Teacher Training provider of the Secondary Salaried PGCE programme. All trainees on this course will obtain the following qualification, QTS, PGCE with 60 Masters’ credits on successful completion of the course.
On the salaried programme you must have the support of a school who can offer you a placement in a subject we offer and meet the contributions to your salary at the time of application. In partnership with Secondary SCITT we will ensure you have a high-quality school placement arranged.
Most trainees train in subjects within the 11-16 age range but there is also the opportunity to train in the 14-19 age phase in specific subjects.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in History 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We find that successful trainees have a passion for their subject which they wish to pass onto secondary school students. Trainees should be motivated, well-organised and demonstrate resilience.
Trainees should understand the importance of developing strong learning relationships with teenagers and can demonstrate that they view teaching as a valuable career.
Additionally trainees should be reflective, able to respond positively to feedback about their progress during their training year and also value being part of a team.
Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course.
Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Secondary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach
To be eligible for a place on the Salaried course you must have the support of a school who is willing to make contributions towards your salary.
As a guide towards your salary, trainees are paid full-time on point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale.
Salaries will vary depending on which subject you are training in, number of hours taught and the length of your contract and this will be arranged by your placement school.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Hartismere is a State Funded Independent School for the whole community, and was Suffolk’s first Academy. Although the School continues to enjoy a good relationship with the Local Authority, it also has independence from it. This autonomy is exemplified through the facilities enjoyed by our students, as well as the curriculum that they follow.
The school is able to respond to the needs of its own community and charts its own course in the educational world. This course reflects its independence, as well as its traditional, academic and community values.
The Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT programme is a highly personalised, well regarded and established teacher training course. It has very high attainment and employment outcomes for trainees. This programme has the unique structure of being in partnership with a significant number of schools across all areas of Suffolk, Norfolk and some in Cambridgeshire. Due to the size of our partnership, this course provides with you the wealth of experiences so you can become a resilient and confident newly qualified teacher who will be able to teach in any type of school at the start of your teaching career.
After your application is shortlisted by the SCITT and Lead School team, you will be invited to a formal interview by SCITT. The interview will consist of questions by an interview panel and a subject knowledge task. If successful at the SCITT interview, you will be invited to the final part of the process known as a Task Session which will last approximately two hours. You will complete group activities with other trainees and complete a couple of written tasks.
If you are successful after the SCITT Task Session and have attended an interview at a school, then you will be made an offer which is agreed by the Lead School and Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT as the training provider.
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
Together with our accredited providers we operate an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire. If this reveals any additional needs, we will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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