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Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT Primary (5-11) (2VG4)

QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.cheppingviewprimaryscitt.com

Contents

About the course

We offer a primary teacher training course aimed at the 3-7 age range / 5-11 age range, leading to the award of QTS. There is also an optional PGCE qualification with Oxford Brookes University which includes 60 credits at Masters level. All PGCE seminars take place at CVPA SCITT. Our course consists of two core elements: School-based training The vast majority of training takes place in schools. Our trainees spend four days a week in two different placement schools, teaching subjects across the primary phases. An experienced teacher will be allocated to a trainee as their Teacher Tutor mentor and they will work closely alongside them during each placement, ensuring the trainee receives high quality training, support and advice, and models exemplary practice. In addition, a School-based Mentor, typically a Senior Leader in the school, will be allocated to each trainee, offering professional support, guidance and pastoral care. Trainees are supported and assessed throughout the course, through weekly review meetings with their Teacher Tutor mentor, lesson observations, professional discussions and formative assessment points towards the end of each placement. Trainees’ reflections and self-evaluations are important to help strengthen and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their teaching practice and progress. There are two summative assessment points, half way through and towards the end of the course, when trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Centre-based training To support the school-based training, trainees attend weekly training sessions at the CVPA SCITT centre in High Wycombe, delivered by current and outstanding practitioners from the Partnership schools. Practical and evidence-based training is delivered, in line with our Curriculum, covering all primary subjects and integrating other educational areas such as cognitive science, behaviour management, safeguarding and wellbeing. These weekly sessions, along with our provision of online educational resources, enable trainees to develop and consolidate a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking as well as their subject knowledge, practical techniques and strategies that can be applied to their own classroom practice. It also offers the opportunity for critical thinking and reflection, and for trainees to share experiences in a supportive environment.

School placements

We work with a large partnership of schools in High Wycombe and the surrounding area, offering a wide range of learning experiences across the primary years.
Our trainees have two placement schools: a main and second placement. We aim to match trainees with the right schools and try to accommodate personal wishes, including location and transport considerations.

Main Placement (MP1) – Autumn Term Trainees will spend the majority of their time in this school. During MP1, trainees begin by observing other teachers in the school, working with groups of children and gradually increasing their responsibility until they are teaching approximately 50% of the time in school, delivering lessons with support from their Teacher Tutor against specific targets. Second Placement (SP2) – Spring Term This placement typically takes place in a contrasting school and a different key stage. Following initial teacher observations and small group work, trainees continue to develop their teaching experience and practice, culminating in teaching up to 60% of the week. Additional Placements – Spring Term Trainees will also have the opportunity to undertake a short placement in an Early Years setting (either a nursery or Reception class), a Special Needs school and an upper and grammar school. This invaluable experience enables trainees to appreciate a range of education settings and the different strategies, skills and knowledge needed to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.
Main Placement (MP3) – Summer Term Trainees return to their main placement school for their final term of training. At this stage, trainees are expected to fulfil the main requirements of a classroom teacher with a teaching commitment of up to 80% of the week by the end of the placement. Regular lesson observations and feedback continue throughout the training programme. Our Teacher Tutors and Quality Assurance Mentors monitor the progress of all trainee teachers. At the end of the course, a final assessment board considers the progress made by each trainee, their level of attainment and ultimately the award of QTS.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Candidates in their final year are welcome to apply. An honours degree at 2.2 or above is preferred
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science (or equivalent)
  • Successful safeguarding and occupational health checks

If you have studied outside the UK, contact ENIC (European Network of Information Centres) to obtain written confirmation that your qualifications are equivalent to our UK entry requirements.

Personal qualities

We aim to recruit individuals who:

  • demonstrate a commitment to teaching and genuine concern for children’s well-being
  • are flexible, creative and enthusiastic
  • are self-motivated, resilient and adapt well to change
  • work well under pressure
  • communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
  • are proactive in enhancing their learning and subject knowledge
  • work effectively in a team and foster positive relationships with the school community
  • support the values, attitudes and ethos of our partnership schools
  • maintain a high standard of professionalism and conduct
  • reflect on their own practice and act upon advice

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £7,750.

The fee for the optional PGCE with Oxford Brookes University is £1,500.

About the training provider

Chepping View Primary Academy is an innovative and vibrant outstanding school with National Teaching School status. We are the lead school of a partnership of schools in High Wycombe, Marlow, Aylesbury and across Buckinghamshire and an accredited provider of school-centred initial teacher training. Our SCITT team provides a formal and comprehensive training programme covering the 5-11 primary phase for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, as well as early years with our 3-7 programme. Our training and school placements lead to QTS, authorised by CVPA SCITT. The support and training offered by CVPA SCITT and our partnership schools prepare trainee teachers in the best way possible to become outstanding primary school teachers and school leaders of the future.

Interview process

The interview process takes place at Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT and consists of a short presentation, a teaching activity with a small group of children, a written and maths task, and a panel interview. You will be told in advance about the content of the activity and the age of the children. The selection process takes up a minimum of half a day. Please note that applicants for salaried positions may be asked to complete additional tasks as specified by the employing school.
For successful applicants, conditional places may be offered; typically conditions include evidence of qualifications, a criminal record check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment. To reflect individual circumstances, further conditions may be discussed at interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT is committed to equal opportunities and will not discriminate on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex or marital status or on the grounds of disability. We encourage all potential applicants to discuss their needs in order that we can consider them individually and explore any adjustments that can reasonably be made to offer the best learning experience. Every effort will be made to support an individual’s needs, but applicants should be aware that unsuccessful management of a condition may result in termination of the programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
dmaddox@cvpa.school
Telephone
01494535564
Website
http://www.cheppingviewprimaryscitt.com
Address
Chepping View Primary Academy
Cressex Road
High Wycombe
Bucks
HP12 4PR

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