Compton SCITT History (3DNK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.thecompton.org.uk/587/welcome-to-the-compton-scitt-partnership

Contents

Course summary

Choosing this course, you are applying to Compton SCITT where you are interviewed centrally and placed at one of our partner schools.

Our course is entirely school centred providing classroom based, practical training, underpinned by a weekly educational studies programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition, trainees may opt in to gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with University of Cumbria. The course is full time over 38 weeks (term time only). Trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.

Trainees receive structured classroom observations, weekly professional studies sessions and a phased introduction to small group teaching, team teaching and then whole class teaching.

Trainees will be assessed across the academic year against The Compton SCITT’s ITT Curriculum within a supportive and developmental model. Experienced subject mentors facilitate bespoke weekly targets to ensure all Teachers’ Standards are met by the end of the course.

There are 5 reflection pieces set over the training year. These are research based learning tasks embedded in the realities of the modern classroom. Current academic research and reading underpin all professional studies sessions and assignments.

The Compton SCITT Partnership is committed to the wellbeing of trainee teachers. We are aware that an ITT year will be demanding and therefore have a variety of mechanisms in place including a designated pastoral lead. “Somehow you’ve struck a happy medium between the checkbox requirements of government legislation and the true humanity that underpins teaching.” (English trainee teacher).

School placements

The course is full time over 38 weeks (term time only). Trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.

Trainees will be placed in one school for the entire academic year with a 6-week second placement at a contrasting partner school arranged by the SCITT Leadership Team. At interview trainees will be informed of potential placement schools. Training Route trainees will be placed at one of our local partner schools at the end of the recruitment cycle.

Partner schools are based locally to The Compton School in North London and are easily accessible by public transport. All partner schools have experienced subject mentors and professional tutors who are committed to high expectations of the SCITT Partnership. Compton SCITT trainees enjoy being part of a vibrant professional community across all partnership schools.

Trainees will be awarded Secondary QTS (11-16) and have the option to take on a PGCE with University of Cumbria however, all partner schools ensure trainees have the opportunity to teach A-Level classes in preparation for their ECT years.

Weekly professional studies training sessions will be held at The Compton School on a Monday, with trainees at their base school from Tuesday-Friday.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in history 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.

The Compton SCITT will accept equivalency tests from accredited providers. Please contact The Compton SCITT for further guidance if you are required to take an equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Applicants must provide evidence of an interest in working with young people, possess high quality communication skills. Speak fluently, clearly and grammatically. Be able to think analytically and possess personal qualities such as warmth, enthusiasm, self-motivation and resilience.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

The Compton SCITT Partnership is a well established Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider. The continuing professional development of staff has been at the heart of our sustained success as an Ofsted graded Outstanding School (2022). We have an excellent track record in training, retaining and developing staff as outstanding classroom practitioners, middle and senior leaders. The Compton SCITT has been training teachers for 9 years and is well established in producing excellent teachers. 100% of trainees have secured employment and have embarked on a most fantastic and rewarding career.

Our trainee teachers train alongside The Compton SCITT’s outstanding staff all year before qualifying as teachers. Senior teachers from The Compton School and across the partnership, who are working on national programmes of education and regularly training teachers from across the UK, deliver first class training in school each week. This ensures our trainee teachers are receiving the best and most current education and theory practice.

Our strap line states that “trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.”

We believe that our school based route to qualified teacher status will offer you an in-depth opportunity to work in a systematic, sustained way alongside outstanding teachers.

Above all, we are committed to delivering a first class “hands on” training programme that will provide you with the foundations for an outstanding career in teaching.

Interview process

Applicants will be invited for interview on the basis of information provided on their application form. All SCITT Training Route trainees will be interviewed at The Compton School.

The interview will typically involve a half-day at the school. This will include a 20 minute lesson observation and a numeracy and literacy assessment. Candidates will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age range you will be teaching.

Candidates will be observed teaching by a member of our senior staff and a subject specialist. If successful in the first part of the interview candidates will then be invited to the final panel interview.

The interview process is rigorous and thorough, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

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

All candidates regardless of disability are welcome to apply to The Compton SCITT Partnership. Any access or special provisions will be catered for on a case-by-case basis.

Contact this training provider

Email
smerritt@thecompton.org.uk
Telephone
020 8368 1783
Website
http://www.thecompton.org.uk/587/welcome-to-the-compton-scitt-partnership
Address
The Compton School
Summers Lane
North Finchley
London
N12 0QG

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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