The course will equip trainees to teach Chemistry to students aged 11 to 16 but may give experience of Key Stage 5 (A level) teaching, dependent upon the placement school in you train. Please note that due to National Curriculum requirements, all science trainees will be required to complete some teaching across all three sciences.
This is a full-time school based training programme starting in September and finishing the following July. You will spend 4 days a week in school working alongside a mentor and gradually building up your classroom experience. You will observe expert colleagues and embody the qualities and role of a teacher. On the fifth day you will undertake study sessions as a Secondary cohort. These sessions cover key teaching theories, strategies, policies and approaches. In addition, you will break into subject specialisms to explore the themes of your subject in greater depth.
Trainees can opt for the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) only programme or the PGCE programme. The difference between these two routes is that the PGCE earns a trainee 60 Masters credits alongside their QTS, essays are written with an academic focus. The QTS route involves a series of Professional Development tasks rooted in classroom practice and reflection. Our PGCE is accredited by Kingston University but all delivery takes place within our training programme and there is no need for trainees to attend the University at any time. You will have access to all the online library and support systems remotely.
Successful candidates will be matched with a main placement school. This is the school where they will work for the Autumn, Spring 1 and Summer term. All trainees have a mentor who supports their development.
When selecting a main placement school, we take into consideration the following:
schools that can accommodate a trainee in the required subject
the ability of the school to support a trainee based on the trainee’s strengths and weaknesses
travel to the placement school
any links that trainees may have with schools
The placement school selection is completed in conjunction with the trainee. A taster day helps the trainee to identify whether the school placement is a good match.
A second placement takes place in the second half of the Spring term in a contrasting school.
Trainees are expected to be in school before the school day begins and to attend meetings, events and training that will go beyond the hours that the pupils are on site.
On Wednesdays all trainees participate in Professional Study sessions - these predominantly take place in the training room at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools. They are a blend of face-to-face and remote learning opportunities.
All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting, time focusing on behaviour strategies and observe in KS2 and KS5.
We are looking for the following personal qualities (this list is not exhaustive!):
A commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
Enthusiasm for teaching, learning and your subject;
Relevant knowledge of UK education system, the National Curriculum and an awareness of current educational issues;
Commitment to professional development;
Organisational and communication skills;
The ability to establish effective professional relationships with both pupils and adults;
Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
Fundamental numeracy and literacy skills
Tenacity and resilience;
Readiness for hard work.
All offers made will be subject to:
the candidate demonstrating fundamental English and Maths skills
receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
satisfactory references to include the current or most recent employer (if applicable)
a mutually suitable placement school being identified
completion of Fitness to Teach questionnaire
For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original ENIC documentation.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,150.
The fee is £7150 for those following the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only programme.
The fee is £9250 for those following the PGCE programme whereby a PGCE qualification will be gained as well as Qualified Teacher Status.
George Abbot SCITT is a highly respected and well-established provider delivering school-based Initial Teacher Training across schools in the South East. Our trainees are highly sought after both in their trainee year and in future employment. Consistently rated as Outstanding by trainees and schools, this is also reflected in our outstanding Ofsted report.
School-led training enables you to learn alongside professionals as a member of a school team. Practical and progressive, you will gradually learn the skills you need to become an effective classroom practitioner. We pride ourselves on knowing our placement schools and trainees well which allows us to find a good match for each candidate.
This is an exciting time at George Abbot SCITT as we build on our long standing relationship with Surrey South Farnham SCITT. Through working together we will further develop opportunities for trainees from September 2023 and beyond.
Our interview process will include the following:
a formal interview
a short teaching task
a fundamental Maths and English test
The interview panel is likely to comprise of two members of the SCITT team but may also include a member of staff from one of our partner schools.
George Abbot School Woodruff Avenue Guildford Surrey GU1 1XX
Support and advice
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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
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