Our courses all lead to QTS and are available with or without the PGCE. The key elements of our training are as follows:
One-day-a-week intensive core training when trainees come together to learn, discuss and share ideas about teaching and learning content, theory and pedagogy.
Access to outstanding school practice in different settings (including SEND experience) via our well-established association of schools
Effective in-school support and coaching via a trained school-based Mentor, Visiting Tutor (VT), Subject Tutor (ST) and other key personnel
Carefully timetabled teaching sessions, increasing throughout the training, reviewed termly and supported by developmental observations and weekly meetings
A full induction programme to prepare trainees for the start of their first term. This includes a meeting between mentor, VT and trainee to discuss the Weekly Progress Documents which bring together all aspects of the course
A clear focus on key areas including subject knowledge, effective behaviour for learning, assessment, systematic synthetic phonics and early mathematics for Primary
Strong Subject Knowledge for Teaching is vitally important and this will be developed through audits, action plans and a range of developmental activities and inputs
A series of structured Teaching Impact Studies which develop key skills, understanding and knowledge linked to the curriculum
A carefully selected contrasting second placement linked to individual trainee needs
Opportunities to visit schools offering education in the phases before / after your training phase
Documentation to support planning and observations
Documentation to support monitoring and assessment of progress
Literacy & Numeracy support
One-day-a-week core training, plus 2 study weeks, take place largely at The Deepings School and Bourne Westfield Primary Academy. The remaining four days /week are spent in your host training schools.
Assessment is via:
Weekly Progress Documents
Teaching Impact Studies
Assessed written assignments
Regular progress reviews assist in the monitoring and reporting of your progress throughout the year. A range of assessment evidence is used including lesson observations, discussions and other portfolio evidence. The VT and mentor will ensure the trainee is prepared for the final visit assessment via a summative assessment visit. A final visit assessor then attends the school to moderate this judgment by: reviewing the documented evidence, discussing progress with the trainee, observing a lesson and chatting to the mentor and/or other school staff.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE SALARIED ROUTE, CANDIDATES ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE A SUPPORTING SCHOOL PRIOR TO APPLICATION.
Trainees will start in September and work in their host school and associated schools until the end of the academic year in July. During this time, at least one day in the phase prior to /following the one in which you train is provided, as is SEND school experience. The 6-week Contrasting School placement is designed to offer a broader experience across school settings and takes place after Christmas.
Schools are matched to candidate need and selected for their training capacity as well as in negotiation with candidates for location and convenience. Consequently it is very rare that trainees need to change placements. We have a growing number of schools and so it is our aim to ensure that no candidate has to travel too far for their training although in Lincolnshire, due to poor transport links in some areas, the ability to drive, whilst not essential, will bring more opportunities.
Although Primary trainees may specialise in a Key Stage, they are trained across at least four year groups and all of our Primary trainees, even those with a KS2 focus, are trained in phonics. For Secondary, the majority are trained in the 11-16 age group although for some (eg Business Studies) this is extended to 16-19 too. Where possible, all trainees in schools with 6th forms are encouraged to become involved with post-16 by the end of their courses.
Over your training year you will also spend 2 days in a Special Needs school and a day in the phase before or after that in which you are training. i.e. primary trainees go to our lead secondary and secondary trainees go to our lead primary.
Experienced staff and fully trained mentors manage your training in all of our placement schools.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Mathematics 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 English or maths.
Please note that we do not accept level 2 functional skills qualifications as GCSE equivalents.
We do however offer our own GCSE equivalency tests at The Deepings, on a date to suit you, for a £50 fee which includes a practice paper, marking and certificate.
We also accept GCSE equivalency qualifications from the ‘Equivalency Testing’ provider: (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/establishments/)
We want passionate trainees who feel inspired by the different needs in our schools. Recent school experience demonstrates clear commitment and a realistic grasp of the role but we understand that current restrictions may restrict this - nevertheless, good, current understanding of your chosen sector is essential, demonstrating an awareness of recent educational developments and good subject knowledge.
We seek applicants who possess multiple transferable skills relating to commitment and motivation, resilience, flexibility, communication, self-awareness and critical thinking, teamwork, decision-making ability, organisation and time management and research. We demand commitment to demonstrating consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.
Salaried applicants must have some recent school experience in their chosen phase in an English school and have knowledge of the appropriate areas of the National Curriculum prior to application. Ideally, salaried applicants will already have a school who has agreed to host their training.
We want to know that you are serious about the profession, seeing your communication skills and confidence shine through. For us, teaching is all about commitment and making relationships, not necessarily about first class degrees.
Any offer will of course be conditional upon a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and all other DfE requirements being fulfilled.
The salary (unless otherwise agreed with the Head / employing school) will be point 1 of the Unqualified Teacher scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Bourne Westfield is the lead school for School Direct training places for The Deepings SCITT which provides a range of school-based programmes in both Primary and Secondary phases for South Lincolnshire. We sit just North of Peterborough and serve North Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire having ‘migrated’ from the CfBT SCITT and moved down to Deeping St James, from Lincoln, in 2015. Since then we have had 100% pass rate and our most recent end-of-year survey data saw trainees rate both Primary and Secondary programmes as ‘outstanding.’
Our School Direct ITT programmes include a PGCE option awarded by the University of Hull. This delivery takes place at The Deepings and the PGCE comes with 60 Masters Credits.
We are a small local provider; with 20-25 trainees in each phase every year, we very much value our ‘family ethos.’ We always aim for exceptional results in terms of the quality of the training and the career prospects of our trainees. Ofsted last rated us as ‘good’ in every category (June 2013,) describing our, “effective recruitment and rigorous selection of highly suitable trainees and consistently high rates of employment.”
Rigorous selection and recruitment is an important part of our programme in order that we recruit the very best graduates.
Stage 1 Application screening
We consider your qualifications, school experience and your personal statement. Any candidates rejected at this stage may request feedback.
Stage 2 Panel interview
This is usually held, in person, with at least 2 SCITT staff.
Prior to this, secondary interviewees are asked to prepare and upload a 10-minute recorded presentation on an aspect of the KS4 curriculum and are informed of this by letter prior to the interview. Primary interviewees are asked to prepare and upload a reading task, sharing a book with an age group of their choice. Candidates also sit English & Maths tests.
Stage 3 Host School Visit (HSV)
We ask you to visit your potential training school. Whilst here, you may be interviewed by the Head of Department or members of SLT and there will be opportunities to tour the school and meet the staff teams as well as the children. This is an opportunity to ensure that you and the school are happy with each other.
We are committed to safeguarding, therefore, if offered a place, all trainees are required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check. Original exam certification and the required photo ID must be available at the time of interview. In the case of lost certificates, duplicates must be obtained by the candidate from the awarding body.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Applications are welcomed from trainees with disabilities. Our training venues offer disabled access as do some of our host schools. On interview, a short Health Survey determines whether or not a referral to Occupational Health Services is necessary in order to ensure that we can meet your needs. Amongst our successes have been trainees with dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy and arthritis.
The Deepings SCITT The Deepings School Deeping St James Lincs PE6 8NF
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