The training course has a simple structure. Trainees spend Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday training on the job in their schools. They then meet together as a group on Tuesdays with the MSC at Crispin School for Professional Training. MSC staff are always present on Tuesdays to answer questions and provide 1 to 1 support for trainees.
Professional Training is run by current practitioners and MSC staff and is tailored to ensure that trainees have appropriate pedagogical input at the different stages of their development as teachers. We practice what we preach ensuring a balance of modelling techniques and strategies with current research. We also visit other partnership schools which are leaders in their particular fields of expertise so that trainees get a great breadth of training and are fully prepared for their first year in teaching.
A mentor in school is at hand to offer advice and support to each trainee. Trainees are observed and given feedback at least once per week. Mentors are trained by the MSC and are further supported through visits to school by MSC tutors.
Our programme starts on 1st September and ends on 30th June. Trainees are in school from day 1 and are regarded as full members of the school community.
We have excellent outcomes for our trainees; we were ranked 27 out of 153 secondary trainers across the UK in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
We try and match candidates with their home schools at second interview; this enables both the school and candidate to make informed decisions before they offer/accept a place to train. We try to ensure that travel times are kept as low as possible between trainees’ schools and home. Getting it right before the training course starts ensures a more successful placement.
Due to the changeability in staffing we do not always know when a school is able to accommodate a salaried trainee therefore we will (with the candidate’s permission) circulate the application form within the partnership to ascertain where there are training opportunities. We are not able to always guarantee that places are available at a given time.
Some schools come to us with candidates in mind. If the school can offer a suitable placement then this may be the home school placement for the trainee (interview procedures still apply).
Trainees have to spend 4 weeks in a second school. The trainee is free to choose where this is as long as it provides a complementary experience from the home school. This placement takes place straight after Christmas. The trainees then return to their home schools. Sometimes salaried trainees ‘swap’ placements and take on each others’ classes. In other cases the trainees may find that they are ‘supernumerary’ and work alongside experienced teachers.
We work with most of the secondary schools in Somerset and North Dorset. The majority of our schools are 11-16 although some do have sixth forms. We try and ensure that all trainees have some experience of post sixteen during their course.
GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) grade 4 (Grade C) or above.
A first degree of a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent.
Passionate about working with young people.
Enthusiastic about your subject area.
Candidates must have teaching experience in state funded secondary schools.
Eligibility to study in the UK.
Proof of adequate subject knowledge to teach your subject if your degree is in another subject.
At least point 1 of the unqualified Teachers’ Scale. Full time from 1st September until 30th June. Schools may continue to employ trainees from 1st July as qualified teachers.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Crispin School in Street, Somerset, is the base for the MSC which is a local provider of ITT. Together they run a small but successful School Direct Salaried teacher training programme within its longstanding partnership of schools across Somerset.
Trainees on salaried programme will have some prior experience of teaching and will be employed by a partnership school to fulfil a part time teaching post. The salary grant from the DfE pays for the trainees’ course fees and also contributes to the trainees’ salaries.
This is a tough training route and is only for those who are able to demonstrate their understanding of teaching in the state sector and the demands of the classroom.
Salaried trainees will be timetabled up to 13 hours of teaching each week. This will start from the first week of the course and continue through out the training year. A mentor in school is at hand to offer advice and support to each trainee.
Trainees are able to gain QTS and PGCE via this route. Assessment for QTS is through weekly lesson observation and portfolio tasks which are specifically designed to allow trainees to showcase their practice. Our PGCE is delivered through the MSC’s Professional Training (accredited by Bath Spa University). Assessment is in the form of three written assignments at Masters’ level. Salaried trainees wishing to take the PGCE will need to pay the accreditation fee as the DfE grant only covers the cost of QTS training.
About the accredited body
The MSC has excellent outcomes; they were ranked 27/153 secondary trainers across the UK in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017. It has successfully been training teachers in Somerset’s Secondary Schools for 11 years.
It trains between 35 and 50 trainees each year. School Direct Salaried trainees make up a small but significant proportion of these.
The MSC operates a two stage interview process.
Stage 1 Interview-
Successful applicants will be invited to an initial interview at the MSC Training Centre after which shortlisting will take place.The interview will be conducted by MSC personnel and representatives from the partnership. This will generally take place at the MSC’s lead School, Crispin School, Street. The interview will include
a general panel interview
a 30 minute written task
a pupil activity
As a trainee teacher, teachers will be expected to deliver aspects of the Personal, Social and Health Education/Citizenship programme with pupils. Part of the selection process during interview 1 will involve applicants leading a 12 minute activity on a pre-chosen topic.
Stage 2 Interview-
If successful at stage 1, an offer of a second interview will be sent to successful candidates. The second stage of the interview takes place in a partnership school and is subject specific; candidates will normally be expected to work with a group of pupils. It aims to match the candidate with an appropriate department for training. In this way a “best fit” for the school, department and trainee can be established which results in the best possible outcomes for all parties. The interview will include
a general panel interview
approximately a 30 minute micro teach (subject specific)
Candidates should be prepared to attend 2 interview dates.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The MSC welcomes all candidates and trainees with disabilities, health conditions, metal health conditions or learning difficulties and aims to support all candidates and trainees throughout the recruitment process and training course.
We support trainees with their specific learning needs to achieve their dream of becoming a teacher and will ensure appropriate support throughout the recruitment process and training year.
As an experienced provider of Initial Teacher Training, we are proud to have supported students with a variety of additional needs to become fantastic and successful teachers. We will aim to tailor our support to make sure that the course is both accessible and achievable.
We encourage all candidates/trainees with any disability or health conditions to discuss this with the MSC. If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact the office.
We work closely with trainees and schools to ensure training is accessible and personalised to an individual’s needs.