Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education foregrounds evidence informed practice. Centre-based sessions are, whenever possible led by school based colleagues in one of our teaching classrooms, either at Keele University (ST5 5BG) or Blackfriars Special School (ST5 2TF).
Whether you want to work in special and inclusive education contexts, or progress your career in a mainstream school, this course could be for you.
This course enables you to develop the professional and intellectual capabilities to prepare you for working with children with a diverse range of abilities and needs. You will benefit from placements in both Key Stages 2 and 3, one practice will be in a SEND school and the other will be in a mainstream setting. This will allow you to explore and critically reflect on the opportunities of multi-disciplinary learning. Our focus on KS2/3 is innovative and will facilitate your development as a subject specialist in English and Communication. You will be introduced to the expectations of the Primary Curriculum at KS2 in addition to English at Key Stage 3.
This pathway is open to applicants with English, English related or other appropriate degree subjects with a strong communication focus e.g. Law, the Humanities, Social Sciences or vocational degrees such as journalism. The course will develop your appreciation of the significance of speech, language and communication in education. Verbal and non-verbal communication will be explored alongside alternative augmentative and technological strategies. The route will prepare you to evaluate what you as an individual can bring to the profession.
If you are interested in applying for our part-time option, you will need to select this at the point of application. This route is known as our Flexible Route and takes place over two years. If in doubt, just contact us on either 01782 432537 or via email.
We work closely with several clusters of schools. You will be able to benefit from placements in two of these settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering your pupils an appropriately high quality curriculum, one that both engages and excites them.
Placement schools are carefully selected for you, and may involve some travel. Across the course we endeavour to minimise travel, though you may have to travel for up to an hour from your home address– note that we do not pay travel expenses.
During the ‘Initial Phase’ you attend the SCITT for two days and your school for three days. The Initial Phase is a gradual introduction into teaching and learning. You will then build up to a teaching commitment of 50% of a class timetable.
Your second placement is undertaken in a different school, following successful completion of your first placement. In your very final weeks your percentage teaching time will increase to be equivalent to the expectations of an Early Career Teacher so that you are truly job ready! In these final few weeks there may be the opportunity for you to undertake an enrichment placement that enables you to develop a particular aspect of your teaching.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
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Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education
c/o The Primary Education Bungalow (Bungalow 78), Keele, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 5BG
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in English (SEND) 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.
Candidates will also need a GCSE or Equivalency in Science.
Please contact KNSTE for information about equivalency tests, which are currently available through Birmingham City University(BCU).
The cost of taking an equivalency test is set by BCU and will be borne by the applicant.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education seeks candidates who are passionate about the transformative power of education and who are reflective and resilient people. We value candidates who are well-organised and who relate well to others. A strong feature of the course is the collaborative community that forms between the trainees and between our schools. Your peers will form a bedrock of support as you realise your ambition to become an excellent and informed Early Career Teacher. We are able to offer support, in addition to that provided by your Appropriate Body in your first year of teaching.
A medical report which is deemed satisfactory.
A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT partnership.
Prior experience is not required but can be beneficial to you in helping you to decide whether teaching is for you. If you would welcome such an opportunity do get in touch with us or look out for our Back to School days.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.
You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.
The fee for the full time course is £9250.
A flexible route is also available for this course.
The course length for the flexible route is 2 years.
The fee for the flexible route is £5750 for each year of study.
About the training provider
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE) is a partnership of over 140 schools who work closely with Shaw Education Trust and Keele University to offer high quality teacher education.
Ours is an innovative course which is available both as a full time and a part-time route (2 years). You will come to us with a wealth of experience, talents and attributes. We seek to develop these in relation to early years, primary and special school pedagogy. You will complete a Keele University Postgraduate or Professional Certificate alongside your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In 2017 we were recognised as being an ‘outstanding’ provider by Ofsted. They stated that, ‘The partnership’s strapline is “rooted in evidence, reaching for excellence”. Leaders ensure that it does exactly that, by leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that trainees receive the high-quality training, support and challenge they require to be successful teachers.’
Our partnership is made up of primary, special and middle schools and comprises a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, faith schools, local authority and academy settings. Our schools are predominately located in Stoke-on-Trent, and across Staffordshire, not just the north of the county. A map of our current partnership is available here. We have a teaching base at Keele, and at Seabridge School We work closely with a variety of partner organisations as well as a large range of t School Clusters. Details can be found here.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education co-ordinates recruitment across the partnership. Initially we review your Teacher Training application to ensure that you meet our entry requirements and that your personal statement reflects the capabilities and experiences that we are looking for. If your application meets these stringent criteria then you will be invited to an interview day which will take place online and then in one of our partnership schools. You will be hosted by both a member of the SCITT team and a senior school-based colleague.
We recognise that this is a demanding process. It is one that involves considerable commitment from you. Our experience suggests that this rigorous process enables us to best match applicants to the places available.
Ours is an intense, high quality programme and we need to both assure ourselves, and give you the confidence, that you are best placed to make the most of the opportunities that we have on offer. As a former trainee said ‘The course gives you amazing learning opportunities. The staff really help you to gain an understanding of all aspects of teaching, and with the wider elements of school life.’ This is something that we pride ourselves in.
You’ll need the right to study 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
It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers who value supporting trainees who also come to us with a range of prior experiences and needs. We enable you to take as seriously as ourselves issues related to inclusion, equity and social justice.
Keele University and our school based teaching rooms have full access. Applicants who would benefit from additional support in relation to access should let us know on their application so that we can facilitate appropriate placements. We regularly support trainees with a variety of needs including for example dyslexia and dyspraxia, and find that they are able to thrive on our course. At the start of the programme you will all have the opportunity to disclose any needs that they may have so that the appropriate support can be put into place.
Your mental health and wellbeing is a prime concern of ours. On the course you will be enabled to support others and so we will ensure that you are aware of how we can help you to meet your own needs so that you can thrive and enjoy our amazing profession.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher have a Deputy Director who is pleased to be responsible for student welfare and also acts as the enabling coordinator. She can assist students in accessing the various excellent support services offered by Keele University. More information can be found at Student Support
KNSTE, Seabridge Primary School Roe Lane Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire ST5 3PJ
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