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 Qualified Teacher Status, 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.
In collaboration with our partnership schools, 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 in school from your school-based mentors but also from our subject knowledge trainers the majority of whom are practising teachers. They will share their extensive knowledge and expertise about how to teach their subject to secondary school students.
Centre based training takes place in venues in either Norwich or Ipswich and this is approximately in six one-week blocks throughout the year and in addition there are at least six subject knowledge days to attend which are mainly delivered in partnership schools. All this information about venues and dates of training for the whole year will be provided to you at induction at the end of August so you can make the appropriate travel arrangements.
Centre based training is delivered by a range of classroom practitioners and experts in specific areas e.g. SEND, headteachers and local and national consultants. You have your first placement in one school for the autumn term; spring term is spent in a second school and then you return to the first placement school for the summer term until the end of June. This placement structure provides you with a breadth of experiences to help inform your choice of the type of school you wish to work in as an Early Career Teacher.
As part of our commitment to you, we will provide you with your own copies of a number of books by educationalists such as Tom Sherrington which will help to understand the evidence-based approach to teaching and learning.
We endeavour to keep travelling time to school to a minimum so we will take into account your home address when allocating a school ensuring you have a high-quality school placement, as well as personal circumstances and transport arrangements. 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.
Partnership schools’ role in the recruitment process means that all school placement arrangements are in place by July, ready for you to attend your placement school on the first day of term in September.
During each school placement you will work alongside a school based subject mentor who will be based in your department and will help to support and develop your teaching expertise in the classroom. In addition, you will also have two SCITT Tutors (a Personal Tutor and a Subject Tutor) who will visit you in school and help to guide you with your teaching but also provide extensive pastoral support where needed. With one of your SCITT Tutors, you will have weekly email contact so a close working relationship can be built to help support you during your training year.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in physics 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 do not offer equivalency tests.
Visit bcu.ac.uk or Equivalency Testing for more information.
Successful trainees have a passion for their subject which they wish to pass onto students. Trainees should be motivated, well-organised and demonstrate resilience. Trainees should be reflective, able to take and respond positively to feedback about their progress during their training year and value being part of a team. We are looking for trainees who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.
Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. This check is paid for by Secondary SCITT. There is an expectation that you will join the update service for £13 per year at a cost to you.
Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Secondary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Secondary SCITT, if further investigation is required, trainees may be asked to contribute towards the cost.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Notre Dame High School, a high-achieving Catholic school in Norfolk in partnership with the Suffolk & Norfolk Secondary SCITT Tuition PGCE programme, has an excellent local reputation for providing training of the highest quality.
We are a large high school & sixth form, which can offer a range of subjects, with a very special, warm and welcoming ethos, which is recognised by all who visit.
After your application is shortlisted by our subject specialists, you will be invited to a Selection & Recruitment session. This consists of a formal interview with a series of questions which ask you to demonstrate your subject knowledge and general knowledge of secondary schools. You will complete a subject knowledge assessment, group activities with other trainees and complete a written task.
As a SCITT, we value the role our partnership schools play in the recruitment process as it is a key feature of our ‘personalised and relational’ offer to trainees and schools.
Therefore, if you are successful at our Selection & Recruitment session you will be offered a place on the course and invited to a school placement interview in one of our partnership schools, local to you, and this interview will be organised by SCITT. This will give you the opportunity to observe the ethos and context of your potential placement school before your placement. The interview will usually take only ½ day and will give you the opportunity to engage and interact with students at your prospective placement school.
You’ll need the right to study 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
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.
We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs. All successful application complete a ‘Fit to Teach’ screening process managed by our occupational health provider. This will make us aware of any specific adaptations that you may require in order to be successful in your training year.
We have a highly developed programme to support trainee well-being. We know that teaching can be stressful (as it can be rewarding) and our aim is to get the right balance of skills knowing that the skills and tools you will gain will help support your wellbeing and mental health throughout your training and into your career as a teacher
Please contact us to discuss any access requirements.
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