The John Taylor SCITT
History (36FB)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021

Contents

About the course

Our Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:

  • Phase 1: 7-day induction in the SCITT
  • Phase 2: Classroom Practice 1 in your home school.
  • Phase 3: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This will be a 9 week placement
  • Phase 4: Week in a special School.
  • Phase 5: Three day placement in a primary setting.
  • Phase 6: Classroom Practice 3 in your home school.

In each Phase of Classroom Practice you will spend 4 days in school from Monday - Thursday. Every Friday is a training day at the training centre based at the John Taylor High School. In the morning all trainees undertake general professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments.

Our History trainees will benefit from small group subject knowledge development sessions, where themes from the professional studies training will be considered from the perspective of History. Our Subject Development Leader for History is an outstanding Lead Teacher of History and has significant experience working with trainees, “Our vision for History teaching and learning is for us to help others develop a passion and curiosity for History. We hope that a love of History drives the desire to be successful within the subject. We encourage pupils to understand their world around them through developing their knowledge of the past. We want them to understand the significance of their History and the importance of keeping it alive. Through the study of the History National Curriculum, GCSE and A Level specifications, students acquire a broad and rich understanding of History, whilst being encouraged to become inquisitive, analytical and reflective. History allows them to reason, to challenge and to evaluate on their journey of lifelong independent learning.”

If you share our vision we would welcome your application for our History programme.

School and subject based tasks complement training sessions and you will have the opportunity to share experiences with others during reflect and review sessions on training days.

There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and you will need to demonstrate that you have fully met all Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the programme. A Teaching Standards and Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed subject knowledge over the training year.

Interview process

If your application meets the requirements of the programme you will be invited to attend an interview either remotely via an online interview or in person at John Taylor High School training centre, where you will be interviewed by a panel consisting of representatives of the SCITT Team, a representative from a partner school or a subject specialist.

Prior to interview we will ask you to complete a subject knowledge audit and undertake a small amount of research in preparation for the interview.

On the interview day we will ask you to:

  • complete a literacy and numeracy test
  • deliver a five minute presentation
  • plan a short teaching activity for a small group of KS3 pupils. In this activity we are only looking to assess your ability to breakdown a concept to enable children to learn, your presence and professionalism and your ability to interact with pupils.
  • have a personal interview in which we will explore your reasons for wanting to become a teacher, your understanding of what it means to be a teacher and what constitutes outstanding teaching and learning.

There will a be an information session prior to the formal interview when we go through the programme with you in detail and provide an informal opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about our programme.

How school placements work

The National Forest Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of 14 secondary schools, 17 primary schools and 3 special schools across our local area. No school is more that 30 minutes travelling time from John Taylor High School . When assigning you to a school we will give consideration to a school’s competence and capacity in your subject area, plan for two contrasting placements and look at where you live.

Our programme is an 11-16 programme with post 16 enhancement and so you will have to teach across KS3 and 4 and according to your aspirations and confidence acquire Post 16 experience as well. We strongly encourage all our partners to provide a KS5 teaching experience for our trainees, as we believe that this enhances employability which is extremely important to us.

Your Home School, where you start and end your training, will oversee the whole of your training year and communication between your home School and second placement mentor is very important to us to ensure a smooth transition. To that end both mentors will be involved in your end of phase 1 and 2 assessments and transition information shared.

Prior to returning to your home school for your final phase of training you will spend 4 days in a primary setting in order to develop your understanding of what pupils have learnt and what they can do when they arrive at their secondary school to continue their educational journey. You will look at how your subject is taught in the primary school in order that you are aware of their existing skills and can plan to build on them effectively.

After completing you second placement in the spring term and before returning to your Home School you will spend a week in a special school to deepen your understanding of the barriers to learning that some pupils experience and different strategies deployed by special schools to help pupils overcome them. We work with a number of different types of special schools and a Pupil Referral Unit who all support us with this component of our training.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a minimum degree classification of 2.2.

The degree must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics is a requirement of the programme. Applications are particularly welcome from applicants who have studied A levels and have an additional subject at A Level that could be developed over the course of the year. Being able to offer an additional subject at KS3 will support employability.

Personal qualities

To be successful on our programme, you need to have excellent subject knowledge and be highly motivated, with a real passion for teaching and your subject. You should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of what it means to be a teacher, ideally through school experience and be able to evidence resilience and good organisational skills. It is important that you can work effectively as part of a team, are a good listener and receptive to constructive criticism.

Other requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS check and related safeguarding checks will be carried out no more than three months in advance of the course start date.
  • All applicants will be subject to medical clearance checks.
  • Upon interview we will review your GCSE and Degree certificates.

About the training provider

The John Taylor SCITT, offering both primary and secondary programmes is based at John Taylor High School. We have 14 secondary school partners, 17 primary and 3 special school partners all of which are located within half an hour of the SCITT, predominantly in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. We are a relatively small provider and as a consequence pride ourselves on knowing all our trainees well and being able to offer highly personalised support. Typically we have between 5-7 trainees per subject on our Secondary programmes. Our core offer is school based and mirrors our School Direct programme, led by the National Forest Teaching School. Trainees work closely with a Subject specialists. who will get to know them very well during the course of the year, visiting them in their placement school and supporting them during weekly training sessions and termly tutorials. We consider the subject specific input to be a real strength of our programme. Additional in- school support is provided by school- based professional mentors, subject mentors, class teachers and members of the SCITT team.

The John Taylor SCITT is based on the John Taylor High School site in a bespoke training centre.

In 2017 the SCITT was commended by Ofsted for :

  • their vision and ambition
  • the training and support provided
  • the quality of placements offered
  • their responsiveness to needs and views of trainees
  • communication and collaboration with partner schools
  • trainee outcomes
  • employment rates
  • professionalism and commitment of NQTs

Training with disabilities and other needs

The John Taylor SCITT welcomes applications from people with disabilities. The training centre, on the John Taylor High School site has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact details

Email
l.axten@jths.co.uk
Telephone
01283 247813
Address
John Taylor High School
Dunstall Road
Barton under Needwood
Staffordshire
DE13 8AX

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Location Vacancies Code
King Edward VI, Lichfield
Upper St John Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9EE
Yes C
Kingsmead School
Kings Avenue, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1DH
Yes B
Main Site
Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 8AX
Yes -
Pingle Academy
Coronation Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0QA
Yes A

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