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Fylde Coast SCITT Physics (2LM7)

QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.fyldescitt.co.uk

Contents

About the course

As a trainee teacher of physics on our SCITT, you will experience contrasting placements in our partner schools.

You will spend most of your time on the job learning how to teach your subject from experienced practitioners. Your timetable will grow organically as you progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

One day a week you will come together with your fellow trainees for the professional studies programme. You will explore relevant theories relating to how children learn and how to maximise their learning experiences in the classroom.

Throughout the year you will have subject specialist training to prepare you to be a curriculum-maker. We complete 3 assignments, one per term, and they focus on: planning for your curriculum, understanding our local context and meeting the needs of our children, and how you have and will make an impact on the Fylde Coast. There are no lengthy essays but we promote lots of reading and reflection alongside.

We have a really unique partnership and our schools are very near to each other so you will rarely have to travel far.

We have our own life coach, and our mission is to train healthy teachers for future generations in your area. As a result of this, and our close collaborations, we also have 100% local employment rates therefore you are very likely to secure employment near home if you train to teach with us.

School placements

We very carefully select your school placements based on what we learn about you during the assessment day and during the pre-course activities. If you choose the Fylde Coast then this is a 13 mile square-shaped peninsula so travel times between schools is minimal. If you choose our Liverpool setting, then you will find 3 very unique partner schools within a short distance from one another.

On our secondary programme, we partner with a broad range of settings. You will teach 11-16 unless you have expressed an interest to teach beyond key stage 4 in which case we will offer you a third placement. We will tailor your programme accordingly. Our mentors are carefully trained and carefully selected to be your champions in school.

We also have two enhancement weeks on the calendar where you will have opportunities to visit local primary schools to explore your curriculum at KS2. You will also visit the local Sixth Form College for the KS5 experience, and on the Fylde Coast, our local private school for workshops on teaching children for whom English is an additional language. You could also opt to visit our local pupil referral units and special educational needs settings. This is the beauty of our varied partnership, and a unique aspect of our SCITT provision.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Fylde Coast SCITT - Blackpool
Fylde Coast SCITT, Blackpool 6th Form College, Blackpool Old Road, Blackpool, FY3 7LR
Yes
Liverpool Life Science UTC
41 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS
Yes
Northern Liverpool Academy
120 Heyworth Street, Liverpool, L5 0SQ
Yes
The Studio School
41 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All candidates must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade 4 [C on the old system] in the GCSE English and maths exams, We can offer equivalency tests for this entry requirement.

All candidates must hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England or Wales (or a recognised equivalent qualification), ideally in a subject relating to their chosen specialism, A Levels are preferred but not essential.

We also welcome applicants who are in the final year of their degree and can offer conditional placements, dependent on successful completion of degree or any other pending qualifications.

Personal qualities

Successful candidates have strong communication and interpersonal skills. They have clarity in their expression and display a positive energy. They often demonstrate a love of learning and this enthuses those around them. We welcome applications from anyone who meets the entry requirements and has a genuine commitment to improving the lives of young people in our region.

Other requirements

You will receive a very detailed set of instructions prior to the assessment day. However, we would strongly recommend that if you haven’t got your original GCSE English and maths certificates at the point of application, you should contact the relevant Examination Board(s) to request duplicates.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £7,300.

Online PGCE available alongside the QTS programme with our partner, Leeds Beckett University. The fees for QTS with PGCE are £9250.

About the training provider

Our programmes are school-centred initial teacher training programmes and all lead to Qualified Teacher Status with the option of an online PGCE alongside. Our programmes are designed to maximise time spent on the job, in contrasting schools, to fully prepare candidates for life as a teacher in the area. As the one-stop shop for teacher training on the Fylde Coast, we offer the following programmes:

QTS 3-7 with Early Years specialism; QTS 5-11; QTS 5-11 with Special Educational Needs specialism; QTS 11-16; QTS 11-19.

Firstly, our programmes are completely personalised to each candidate; no two people have the same experience because we know our trainees come from all walks of life. We tailor the year to maximise your skills and ensure you have the best possible start to your teaching career.

Secondly, because our trainees don’t have to attend University lectures, we have time to give them bespoke enhancement programmes running alongside the mainstream placements. Our trainees teach in a wide range of settings including: primary schools, pupil referral units, Special Educational Needs, private schools and Sixth Forms. Our professional studies programmes are evidence-informed and facilitated by experts in our region.

Finally, our programmes are competitively priced because we know graduates are already carrying huge university debts. We charge £7300 for the year for QTS-only and £9250 for QTS with PGCE. We also give our secondary trainees a free qualification alongside so they all leave as qualified teachers of PSHE Association [Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education].

Interview process

Our assessment days are rigorous, but candidates always report that they are an enjoyable experience and certainly serve to provide further confirmation that this is the right career choice for them.

We ask candidates to prepare for formal interview questions about their personality and their professional qualities. For your subject knowledge assessment, you will meet with a subject expert to explore your understanding of the curriculum. The findings from this inform your subject knowledge enhancement programme if you are successful.

We also have literacy and numeracy tests on the day, as we are responsible for ensuring you have secure skills in these areas by the end of your training.

It may sound daunting, but it is extremely supportive and we will make all reasonable adjustments a candidate may need on the day. We are assessing your capacity to train to teach, not yet your capacity to teach.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Fylde Coast SCITT encourages the development of a teacher training community in which diversity is valued. An important part of putting this into practice is a commitment to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of disability in all training matters, to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability and to ensure that its recruitment and selection processes are fully accessible.

At the point of application, we ask candidates if they need any adjustments for the assessment day or any extra time to complete the activities. We make it clear that any information will always be kept strictly confidential unless they agree to it being shared with schools or mentors.

We meet individually with trainees regularly about their needs. Trainees have different learning needs and are members of diverse communities: a trainee with dyslexia may also be a single parent and a trainee with depression may also be struggling with finance. Talking to trainees about their individual needs early, and ensuring all reasonable adjustments are in place before they begin their placements in schools, is crucial.

In our Ofsted inspection report 2017, it states: Both pastoral support and wrap-around, bespoke care across the partnership are outstanding. Every trainee teacher has access to the partnership’s life coach. He delivers regular sessions to individuals and to the cohort on developing resilience, maintaining a work–life balance and ensuring emotional well-being. Trainees really value this unique feature of the partnership.

Contact this training provider

Email
aly.spencer@fctsa.co.uk
Telephone
01253 209199
Website
http://www.fyldescitt.co.uk
Address
Fylde Coast Teaching School
Blackpool Sixth Form College
Blackpool Old Road
Blackpool
FY3 7LR

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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