The programme is a school-based localised training.
Trainees will spend approximately 4 days at the University of Derby with a focus on 2 level 7 modules.
The course is school based with a main placement and a second placement over the Spring term. The second placement is in an alternative key stage to the main placement.
Localised training takes place in Northampton each Friday and the training covers all aspects of the Teacher Standards and the primary curriculum, allowing trainees to put their training into practice at their placement schools.
We offer a 2 week enhancement period, offering experiences in secondary schools, EAL, EYFS and special schools.
Trainees can select from a 3-7 route specialising in EYFS and KS1 or a 5-11 route focused on KS1 and KS2.
The salaried route is the ideal route if you want to stay in the world of work, as you will be employed as an unqualified teacher during your training while you learn ‘on the job’, receiving support from experienced teachers and mentors. Trainees on this route should ideally have at least 3 years work experience and ideally some classroom experience. Trainees will have a timetable of approximately 70% as well as being responsible for a class from the start of the programme. This route is ideally suited for those who have already had experience of planning and delivering lessons and assessment.
Your salary will be a paid at a minimum of UQT1 for the duration of the training year and your tuition fees will be paid for you by your sponsor / employing school.
Teaching responsibility will increase over time, however, the salaried route would expect you to take whole class responsibility from September with weekly support from you mentor.
For further information, please visit our website where you can find our FAQs, or access our Applicant Pack
Placement schools for trainees are selected based on experience with ITT, locality and alliance membership. We work with over 80 different schools to provide placements to meet the needs of our trainees.
Candidates will have 2 placements, their main placement in the Autumn and Summer term and a second placement over the Spring term.
English, maths and science GCSE - grade C/4 or above.
(equivalencies can be found on the University of Derby website).
A UK honours degree at 2:2 or above.
DBS checks will need to be completed prior to enrolment on the course.
Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the DfE before QTS is awarded.
Trainees are required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment when you commence your course. Full details will be provided. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.
We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching and encouraging growth and development in learners.
We are looking for potential trainees with an interest in education and an awareness of what life in a school is like for a teacher, showing understanding of the career pathway.
Personal attributes include; good organisational skills, excellent communication skills and confidence.
Health questionnaires will be carried out for those successful at interview.
Candidates must provide 2 good references - one academic and one professional.
Trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher Scale (UQT) on at least point 1.
Employing schools will be responsible for the payment of the course fees.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Fairfields School is a truly inclusive training provider. We have an excellent track record of 100% of trainees achieving QTS with 2018 figures showing 100% good or outstanding outcomes.
Our alliance is based at the Outstanding (2018) Fairfields School in Northampton and works with a vast range of local schools and we offer opportunities for placements at special schools and mainstream schools.
We offer both the tuition fee and salaried training routes with a focus on local and needs based training.
We work with the University of Derby, an Outstanding ITT provider.
Our interview process covers 2 experiences - school based engagement and a formal interview.
Stage 1 - school based engagement
Candidates will spend time in a local school interacting with a class through the delivery of a story of their choice. Candidates and be observed on how they engage with learners throughout the delivery.
Stage 2 - formal interview
Candidates will be asked to complete a priorities task, present their choice of story and complete a formal panel interview with the Teaching School lead, School Direct coordinator and local senior leader.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a special school, being inclusive is at the heart of everything we do.
We treat all of our trainees as individuals and cater for all needs for successful candidates. Our vast range of schools allow us to prepare bespoke placements if needed.
Fairfields School Trinity Avenue Northampton Northamptonshire NN2 6JN
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