This salaried secondary teacher training programme provides an ideal balance of school-based experience with professional and subject-specific training. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option to complete a Masters Level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the University of Hull.
You will be fully integrated into the English department at The Boulevard Academy where you will learn from experienced mentors and other host teachers. You will receive training in how to teach across the 11-16 age range, including techniques for managing classroom behaviour and ensuring pupils of all abilities and needs can learn and make good progress. You will be trained in all aspects of English language and literature teaching including strategies to help develop students’ literacy and their understanding of set texts and poetry.
As this is a salaried position, you will be expected to teach 60% of an ECT timetable from the start of the course. You will have one day a week off timetable to allow you to attend the core Professional Studies training sessions (usually on Wednesdays) and you will also be expected to attend all the English subject knowledge and pedagogy (SKAP) training sessions too. You will be observed teaching each week and will receive feedback from a range of expert colleagues.
Each week you will receive high quality one-to-one mentoring from a subject specialist as well as core Professional Studies training delivered by Specialist leaders in Education (SLEs). There are also regular Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (SKAP) training sessions, and university-led tuition to support your PGCE assignments.
As well as your two main placements, we also arrange visits for you to spend time in a Primary school, Special School and Free School as part of your programme to enable you to gain further experience of the education sector.
You are assessed at half termly review points throughout the course by your mentor in conjunction with a Link Tutor. These assessments are based on reviewing the progress of the classes you have been teaching as well as your ‘evidence bundle’ of lesson plans, resources and observations which is kept electronically on a SharePoint Cloud system. At each review point, personalised targets will be set to help you progress towards meeting the Teacher Standards by the end of the course.
You will spend the majority of the academic year on your main placement in The Boulevard Academy, with a six week second placement in a contrasting secondary school. You will be fully integrated into your host school, so that you feel truly like a member of staff. You will be given additional responsibilities for form time and you will be invited to join in all relevant school events and activities.
Your second placement will be at St Mary’s College. This will take place in Autumn B or Spring A half term.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in English 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in maths.
We have our own Equivalency Test that you would be required to pass.
A proactive mentality: you show initiative, are self-motivated and seek out useful learning experiences and opportunities.
A love for learning: you reflect upon what you have learnt and constantly strive to improve.
A ‘can do’ attitude: you are resilient, determined and flexible.
A collaborative worker: you work well in a team and engage with others to get the best out of situations.
Excellent communication skills, especially communicating with young people
Excellent organisational skills
Humility, empathy and respect
Professional appearance and manner
Recent experience in a Secondary school in the UK which allows candidates to have a clear understanding of the role of a teacher in terms of relevant skills and time commitments required for the profession.
A commitment to safeguarding young people, equal opportunities and raising standards
Following successful interview, all conditional offers will include:
Health and physical capacity to teach standards met (assessed through an occupational health questionnaire)
Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Satisfactory criminal record check for overseas
Satisfactory check to ensure there is no prohibition order to teach in UK or European Economic Area (EEA)
Your salary will be paid on the unqualified teacher pay scale - point 1.
You will not be expected to pay any of the QTS course fees, but if you wish to undertake the optional PGCE element then you need to pay £925 for this,
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
St Mary’s College has been training outstanding teachers for many years. The college provides an ideal training environment thanks to our strong reputation for academic excellence, student achievement, quality pastoral care, and high standards of student behaviour. We are proud to have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and recognized as a Regional Teaching School Hub, National Support School and World-class school.
St Mary’s College is the lead secondary school for Hull SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). Our partnership consists of other Hull secondary schools as well as the seven Catholic primary schools in Hull, which form St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust, so we are able to offer courses in Early Years and general Primary teacher training, as well as the full range of secondary subjects.
Our schools provide a supportive and caring environment in which to train. St Mary’s College and the other Trust schools have a Catholic ethos, and, whilst we welcome applications from people with any faith background (or none), you will notice that the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation provides both staff and students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development.
We also offer excellent facilities. All four secondary schools in our partnership - St Mary’s College, The Marvell College, Kelvin Hall School and The Boulevard Academy - have benefited from multi-million-pound investment and boast state-of-the-art facilities which provide students and staff with excellent learning and working environments and access to the latest technology.
About the accredited body
St Mary’s College School Direct programme is quality assured and accredited by Hull SCITT, an ITE provider that, since its establishment in 2015, has established a strong reputation “for training high-calibre teachers who are well prepared for the demands of a teaching career.” [Ofsted, 2017]
Led by the Hull Collaborative Academy Trust, Hull SCITT works in partnership with over 30 schools in the city with an absolute commitment from all partners to its mission to grow future teachers and leaders for Hull’s schools. The SCITT’s success is evident in the high employment rates for its trainees in the region.
All short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview. The interview panel will seek to gauge your potential, motivation and suitability for the teacher training programme, and will ask about your previous school experience, subject/curriculum knowledge, as well as your understanding about education and the role of the teacher.
Candidates are also expected to deliver a mini lesson to some KS3 students and take a short literacy test as part of the interview. Further details about this will be included in the interview invitation letter.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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