St Joseph’s College SCITT (School Direct) Mathematics (25CH)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
St Joseph’s College SCITT
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

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 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The programme covers the 11-16 age range, however we are also able to offer all trainees an additional post-16 enhancement through St Joseph’s College Sixth Form, and primary experience.

Our ethos is one of providing care and support for ‘the whole person’. The programme enables its Graduate Trainees to flourish with the help of a bespoke training plan. Training opportunities to support your individual training plan are identified within your lead or ‘placement’ school and you will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding teachers and school leaders. In addition, your in-school training is complemented by a weekly programme of subject knowledge development and wider professional development sessions. These are delivered centrally at St Joseph’s College by outstanding practitioners from our partner schools as well as invited experts. These sessions include specific training around child protection, behaviour management, SEND, EAL, literacy, preventing bullying, assessment and key aspects of effective pedagogy.

Assessment is continuous and evidence- based against the Teachers’ Standards but there is no requirement for the completion of additional assignments. This allows trainees to focus on developing the craft of the classroom. Your day-to-day support comes from your subject mentor in school and wider professional support from the lead school’s Professional Mentor. You have 2 formal assessment points, where a Quality Assurance Lead visits to agree the quality of your evidence against the Teachers’ Standards, your teaching, your reflections on your own progress and of the targets set for your self-improvement. This is supported by in-school half termly reviews with your mentors.

As a provider we pride ourselves on our flexible and supportive approach. You will work to an individual training plan tailored to your developmental needs but also building on any existing strengths and experience. You will be immersed in the life of your lead school from the first day of the new academic year and will therefore benefit from a high level of experience within and beyond the class room, experiencing and gradually assuming ‘the life of a teacher’. In the spirit of ‘gradualism’ your teaching timetable builds up, once you have observed best practice and begun leading parts of lessons, to 50% in term 1, 70% in term 2 and 80% in term 3. Thus you experience much of the curriculum and are able to trial and evaluate different approaches to teaching in order to flourish into the best teacher ‘you’ can be.

School placements

A trainee will be assigned to one of our partner schools as the ‘lead school’ and this is where the majority of their in-school training will take place. This placement commences on the first day of the academic year.

In the spring term trainees will undertake a ‘second school experience’ in a contrasting school within the locality of not less than 30 days for half a term. A shorter primary school placement of one week takes place in the autumn term, and sixth form enhancement training is available.

Our secondary schools in the partnership include Birches Head Academy, Excel Academy, St John Fisher Catholic College, St Joseph’s College, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, St Thomas More Catholic Academy, The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent, The Discovery Academy, The Kings CE (A) School and Thistley Hough Academy.

These schools are all readily accessible and located within the city of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in mathematics 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.

Please contact us to discuss which GCSE equivalent qualifications/ tests we will accept.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.

It is advantageous if applicants have either paid or voluntary experience of working with the relevant age group of young people, and those with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply.

Other requirements

We ensure that all trainees have been subject to appropriate pre-selection checks:

An enhanced DBS disclosure check and a prohibition check (UK and European Economic Area (EEA)) will be carried out before commencing the programme.

Successful applicants will be asked to complete a medical form prior to commencing the programme assessing ‘fitness to train to teach’

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

St Joseph’s College SCITT offers high quality, school-based Initial Teacher Training within the primary and secondary phase leading to the award of QTS. As an established accredited provider of ITT, we have a track record of supporting trainees to reach high standards who have enjoyed excellent outcomes and employment prospects that beat national benchmarks. As a trainee on this programme you will experience a truly school centred approach to your training that will enable you to acquire rapidly the skills needed to become a highly effective classroom practitioner. The programme covers either the 11-16 (secondary) or 5-11 age range (primary), however we are also able to offer all secondary trainees an additional post-16 enhancement through St Joseph’s College Sixth Form, and primary experience. For primary trainees we are able to offer secondary experience and EYFS enhancement.

St Joseph’s College has been graded by OFSTED as outstanding in every category and is a National Teaching School. We work as part of the St Joseph’s College Stoke Secondary Partnership and The Potteries Teaching School Alliance to deliver the SCITT/School Direct programme and this partnership includes lead schools from across Stoke-on Trent and the locality. This is a diverse area whose community the partnership serves to ensure the best possible outcomes for our young people. Our delivery draws on expertise from across our partner schools and this enables us to deliver high quality placements supported by expert subject and professional mentoring.

Interview process

We assess your potential to train to teach and, because our course is school-based and therefore provides an ‘immersive’ experience of school life, your journey into teaching starts with us at interview.

Here we conduct assessment activities involving students and staff, but we do not ask you to teach a lesson-you’re not a teacher yet! There are 3 parts to the interview which involve a presentation, a pupil panel and a formal interview. All relate to the Teachers’ Standards, the subject you wish to train to teach in, your ability to present, listen and respond to others, and bring out your appreciation of the role of a teacher, the curriculum, how you might help students to make progress and issues that affect our classrooms every day.

Interview panels contain representatives from lead schools and SCITT leaders who are suitably trained, and we moderate all candidate responses, giving feedback where requested.

We love spotting potential teachers who can impact positively on the life chances of young people, so please come and join our noble profession!

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

01782 418211
St Joseph's College
London Road
Trent Vale

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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