About the course
The Tommy Flowers SCITT Primary QTS and PGCE course devotes the majority of training time to experience in school and in the classroom. In our partnership schools, you will learn from experience practitioners, particularly your personal mentor. In grading the Tommy Flowers SCITT as ‘outstanding’, OFSTED stated that the training received by trainees is ‘exemplary’.
From day one, you will be regarded as a teacher in your placement school. However, your teaching timetable will develop and grow to suit your own experience, pace and progress. By way of guidance, it is normal for the first two weeks to be observation so that you become familiar with the classes you will be assigned. You would then normally take parts of lessons (starters, plenary, demonstrations etc) for a further two weeks to nurture you into the teaching and learning experience. Normally a student teacher would be lead teaching up to 4-8 lessons a week before October half term. The proportion of lead teaching would then increase gradually each week until your timetable reaches approximately 16 hours per week.
At the end of the year, successful trainees will be awarded QTS status and a PGCE. The assessment process for these awards consists of being able to satisfy the Teacher Standards and also demonstrate an understanding of the relevant subject knowledge required for the subject through set tasks.
This course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop into a graduate teacher who is reflective, creative, resourceful, independent, collaborative and resilient. It presumes you have the drive, energy and commitment to undertake a course which is devised to develop your expertise in teaching and learning. You will receive three forms of training. Professional Studies that develop the skills associated with being an outstanding teacher, from planning to assessing, supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to effectively managing behaviour. Subject Studies explore strategies for teaching all the subjects taught at primary level from Early Year to Year 6. Finally, the Post Graduate Certificate of Education sessions are taught in partnership with Northumbria University, but from our base in Milton Keynes.
You can expect a wide range of support throughout the year. Your school mentor will be responsible for you on a daily basis and the mentors are supported in school by a nominated Professional Tutor. Link tutors will visit you on placement to quality assure your experience.
If called to one of our selection days, you will be sent full information via email. The selection days are an opportunity for us to get to know you but also for you to find out more about us and the course.
The selection day includes the following:
- A presentation from us to you about the course
- A tour of the school hosting the day
- A 20 minute task with a group of 8-10 children
- A 5 minute presentation (the topic will be shared in advance)
- An unseen written task
- An interview
How school placements work
Trainees have two contrasting placements, a base placement from 1st September to 30th June with a 7 week contrasting placement in the Spring term. In addition, you will receive a personalised programme of additional visits to specialist schools, developing skills specific to your needs. This enables you to experience a range of educational approaches, preparing you to work with the unique, dynamic and diverse communities Milton Keynes has to offer.
This course is a General Primary course, but trainees specialise within either Early Years or Key Stages 1 and 2. You will spend four days per week in school and one day per week training with the Tommy Flowers SCITT.
We work with 40 partner schools across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.
The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Our fees include the cost for both the Initial Teacher Training, leading to Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).
Financial support from the training provider
Tuition fee loans
You can either pay for your fees out of private finance, or apply for a student loan from Student Finance England.
Depending on your personal financial circumstances, you may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to contribute towards your costs of living. This is means-tested and will be completely individualised to each applicant. This is paid termly, at the start of each term, by Student Finance England.
There are further avenues of funding available, such as Childcare Grants, Parents’ Learning Allowances or Disabled Students’ Allowances.
Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. All grants and bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support, tuition fee loan and maintenance grant information.
You must hold a bachelor’s honours degree (class 2:2 or above) from a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI), or an equivalent qualification.
English, Maths and Science GCSEs or equivalent qualifications at grade C/4 or above.
Applicants for our courses come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have a variety of prior experiences. Many applicants are recent or soon-to-be graduates from university, whilst others have been working in schools already, perhaps as teaching assistants, volunteers or office staff. For some applicants, they have already had a successful career in other industries and are looking for a career change, realising that teaching is rewarding and that they can make a significant difference to the lives of children.
Applicants should be organised, reflective and professional, able to work with others and have strong subject knowledge.
A DBS check will be carried out after interview.
Ideally, you would have some experience in a primary school. This could be voluntary work or employment, for example as a Teaching Assistant. It is good practice for this to be in place before you apply for a place on the course.
NARIC certification of equivalency will be required if qualifications have been undertaken abroad.
About the training provider
Graded an ‘outstanding’ provider of primary and secondary teacher training in Milton Keynes by Ofsted in December 2017, the Tommy Flowers SCITT is pleased to share with you our exemplary training programmes and superb outcomes.
Working in partnership with schools across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, our teacher training programmes provide access to outstanding training, mentoring and pastoral care. We create varied experiences for our trainees that will set them up to be excellent teachers for the children of Milton Keynes. We aim to nurture trainees into exceptional teachers who develop positive attitudes to learning and behaviour in their pupils, have strong subject and professional knowledge and engage their classes with enthusiasm and energy. With a 100% employment rate following completion of the course, our Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), ‘often exceed levels of performance expected at such an early stage of their career.’ (Ofsted 2017).
If you have a passion for teaching, are organised and hard-working, please explore our courses further and contact us to find out more about studying with the Tommy Flowers SCITT.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Disability access and Child care arrangements vary across the alliance schools and this will depend on which school becomes your base school for your main placement. There are avenues of funding available, such as Childcare Grants, Parents’ Learning Allowances or Disabled Students’ Allowances. Trainees with disabilities will have a needs analysis completed so that the support required can be put in place. We work in partnership with Northumbria University to ensure that needs are met across the teacher training and PGCE elements of the course.
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