The School Direct salaried programme is a full time, one year programme taught over three terms. It starts at the beginning of September, and follows term dates. The School Direct salaried programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We provide training in the 3 to 7 and 5 to 11 age ranges.
Distinctive features of this course:
We have a strong commitment to Equal Opportunities and promote this with the utmost importance. Inclusion and anti-racism are key features and strengths of our programmes and we are committed to training teachers who will value and build on the linguistic, religious, ethnic and cultural diversity that children in East London communities bring to school and who in turn, will prepare all children for life in a diverse society.
On the School Direct Salaried programme, applicants will be employed as an unqualified teacher for the full year; this is a considerable cost for a primary school. As such places for this programme are highly competitive.
We have a balance of centre-based training in theory and practice with extended school placements where trainees can put this learning into practice.
Focus on preparing trainees for teaching children with diverse needs (for example pupils with English as an Additional Language or SEN; higher attaining pupils, vulnerable or Looked After Children).
We have high expectations of our trainees - both academically and in their classroom practice.
We have a great commitment to equal opportunities, including raising attainment for all and closing the gap.
A particular focus on teaching reading (including systematic synthetic phonics); early maths; assessment and P.E.
At the start of the programme, all trainees will meet with their designated professional tutor - from SCITTELS - to devise a bespoke action plan based on their individual needs. Subsequently, trainees will be assessed weekly by their School Based Mentor against their targets. Training activities will enable trainees to gather evidence towards their targets throughout the year.
Regular formative assessment of all aspects of academic and classroom practice take place throughout the year. This ensures that trainees make the best possible progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
Placements for this route will be in either (3-7 age ranges) Early Years and Key Stage 1 or (5-11 age ranges) Key Stage 1 and 2.
We work in partnership with over 30 schools in Newham and the surrounding boroughs. We aim to place our trainees in a school that is within 30 minutes commute by public transport. Due to our expansive partnership schools are never too far away.
Trainees will spend their time training in a minimum of 2 different schools. Currently trainees spend their first term at their employing school. Following this, they will then go to another school for half a term in Spring (different age range) and return to their employing school in the Summer.
Trainees spend most of their time in school. 4 days are spent in school and 1 day, usually a Friday, is spent at SCITTELS for training.
A first degree (2.2 or above) from a recognised UK higher education institution (or equivalent overseas qualification)
GCSE Grade C/4 or higher or equivalent in English, Mathematics and Science
Please note, we are willing to accept pending qualifications, but the results of pending qualifications and all other outstanding conditions should usually be met before the end of June.
Some post-graduate work experience (this does not necessarily have to be related to teaching).
The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English (both written and orally).
A commitment to teach and a motivation to learn (you need to demonstrate that you are a quick learner and can meet the professional demands of the programme).
Well developed personal qualities and skills such as self-organisation, resilience and reflectiveness.
A commitment to equal opportunities.
Evidence that you can meet the academic demands of the programme.
This course is only available to candidates with an employing school.
In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course, you will be asked to:
Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check
Undergo an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.
There will be a fee of £3000, which can be paid by the employing school or by the trainee. Those on this programme are also not eligible for student loans as they are employed.
Your salary will differ depending on which area of London you will be working in. The salary will be calculated using the teachers’ pay scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Colegrave Primary School is situated in Stratford, East London in the London Borough of Newham, on the edge of the 2012 Olympic Site. It is well served by road, underground and rail links.
The school is committed to promoting equality and diversity and inclusive practices. In addition to the usual range of pupils with special needs, we have resourced provision for up to 14 pupils (2 per year group) with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. The last OFSTED inspection was in June 2017 when the school was categorised overall as ‘Outstanding’.
Colegrave Primary School is the lead school for the Colegrave School Direct programmes. SCITTELS (School Centred Initial Teacher Training in East London Schools) is the accredited teacher training provider. Colegrave and SCITTELS work in partnership to deliver the programme. SCITTELS is graded Outstanding by Ofsted, who described us as having ‘the best possible training’. This is a view shared by current and ex-trainees, employers and partnership schools.
We pride ourselves in developing strong relationships with individual trainees and schools. This means we are able to provide personalised training that meets the individual needs of each of our trainees.
The SCITTELS programme prepares trainees for teaching in diverse, urban environments. While the training programme covers all aspects of a teacher’s role. Inclusion and Behaviour Management are particular strengths. The skills you learn on the SCITTELS School Direct programme will prepare you for teaching whether you choose to stay in East London or move elsewhere.
Due to Covid-19, interviews in autumn will be conducted by video conferencing. This will usually be with a member of the SCITT team and a leader from one of our partnership schools.
When scrutinising your personal statement we are particularly looking for evidence of:
Recent, relevant experience
Reflection on school experience that shows what you have learnt from this experience
Understanding of the demands of the teaching profession
Excellent written English
The second stage of the selection process is the selection day. This will involve the following activities:
A short spelling task;
Correcting sentences to Standard English;
Adding punctuation to sentences;
Complete a piece of writing, based on a given question.
In order to assess your potential to teach, including the ability to present information clearly, and to reflect on your performance in order to improve, you will be asked to carry out a short presentation activity (Details of the theme will be sent to your before the interview day).
You will be asked a series of questions designed to assess your potential, this will include questions designed to assess your personal skills and qualities.
Stage 3 (Only if you do not have a sponsoring school):
You will attend an informal interview at partnership school
Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Colegrave Primary School and SCITT in East London Schools welcomes applications from trainees with disabilities and other needs. Colegrave Primary School and many of our partnership schools are equipped with disabled access and facilities.
SCITTELS, Colegrave Primary School Henniker Road Stratford London E15 1JY
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