Your journey to becoming a teacher begins with a detailed pre-course induction. In May and June you will be enrolled onto our evening webinars and in July you’ll take part in our full-day pre-course induction. This will introduce you to the course, the SCITT team and your fellow trainee teachers.
You’ll start your training with us in September 2023 and our course is divided into four key phases:
Phase 1 (September - October)
During your first week you’ll take part in induction days for the SCITT, your main placement school and the PGCE.
You will spend four weeks being immersed in all aspects of school life in a detailed school induction led by your personal mentor.
You will begin to teach and build up to 6 hours of solo teaching.
Our regular Professional Studies and Subject Studies sessions equip you with the essential skills to teach your subject and manage your classroom effectively.
Phase 2 (October - December)
At the heart of our SCITT programme is hands-on experience in schools and classrooms and during this period you will deliver 6 solo lessons and work with colleagues in schools for 9 collaborative lessons.
You are given regular feedback on your progress and your teaching from your mentor, your Subject Course Leader and classroom practitioners.
Phase 3 (January - April)
You will experience a contrasting school placement.
Our on-going Professional Studies and Subject Studies continues your professional development throughout Term 2.
Your teaching timetable will increase to 12 hours of solo lessons and 3 hours of collaborative teaching.
Your teaching is developed through the continuous support from inspirational classroom practitioners, course leaders and mentors.
You will experience a primary school and take part in our carousel weeks where our partner schools expand your professional development through bespoke training opportunities.
Phase 4 (April - July)
Your teaching timetable increases to 15 hours solo lessons.
You will have collected evidence throughout the year to show how you are meeting all of the Teachers’ Standards and during this term you will excel with the continued support of your mentors and course leaders.
You will have completed your assignments towards your PGCE qualification (delivered in partnership with University of Worcester).
We run a range of sessions that prepare you for the transition to your role as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).
Trainees applying to Barr Beacon SCITT select a main placement school of preference on their applications. This partner school is known as the trainee’s main placement school. You can view which schools we work with and which subjects they offer here. All of our schools offer these subjects at age range 11-16 (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4), with a Post-16 enhancement available. The only exceptions to this are our Business Studies and Psychology courses which are 14-19 (Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5) where a Key Stage 3 enhancement is possible.
Our trainees are based in their main placement school from September to December (Term 1) and from March to June (Term 3).
From January to March (Term 2) trainees will spend time in a contrasting school placement, sometimes referred to as ‘second placement’. Arrangements for the contrasting placement school are made centrally by the SCITT in a timely manner once the course has commenced. A trainee’s emerging teaching strengths and areas of development, locality and personal circumstances are taken closely into consideration when making these arrangements.
Trainees are supported, developed and assessed by our trained and experienced team of Professional Mentors and Subject Mentors in the same way across all of our placement schools. Additionally, trainees also receive:
Central, whole-cohort Professional Studies sessions to learn about the key topics in education
Specific Subject Studies sessions, led by a dedicated, subject-specific course leader to impart the pedagogy of teaching your subject
The opportunity to be trained on best practice in a range of key areas of teaching in a number schools through our carousel weeks
An opportunity to observe Key Stage 2 teaching and consider the Key Stage 2 to 3 transition through a short placement in a primary school.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Leamore Lane, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 7NR
Leicester Road, Nuneaton, CV11 6AA
Old Hall Lane, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 0RF
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy
Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall, WS4 1AN
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
We normally require a degree classification of a 2:2 or above (or equivalent). This is usually an Honours degree.
Your degree subject should be in chemistry 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.
We do not offer equivalency testing as a provider, it is the candidates responsibility to source and provide this information should it be required.
Full details of the personal qualities that Barr Beacon SCITT trainees have can be found on our website.
We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. This will take the form of a questionnaire prior to the commencement of the course.
All trainees are subject to a prohibition to teach check, a disqualification check and a right to work check. We may contact references for further information.
There is an opportunity at interview to discuss statutory checks in more detail.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Welcome to Barr Beacon SCITT. We are an Ofsted Outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training with a thriving partnership of secondary and primary schools in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. We aim to develop the very best classroom practitioners who will go on to inspire, influence and shape the lives of future generations for years to come. This aim underpins everything about our training programme and we’re incredibly proud of what we do.
At Barr Beacon SCITT we know what it takes to make a great teacher. We offer a well-established training, mentoring and professional development programme which leads to recommendation for QTS and a PGCE with the opportunity to gain up to 60 masters credits.
Our Secondary Training:
is a full-time secondary training programme.
consists of a main and contrasting placement school, a primary school experience, a carousel week with bespoke training by our partner schools and our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum.
The University of Worcester delivers the PGCE sessions on site at Barr Beacon SCITT enabling you to gain a PGCE with up to 60 masters credits.
Our Primary Training:
is run in partnership with Ryders Hayes School.
offers full-time 3-7 and 5-11 programmes.
includes a main and contrasting placement school, a secondary school experience, bespoke training opportunities tailored to you and our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum.
The PGCE is awarded by Birmingham City University and is delivered on site enabling you to gain up to 60 masters credits
Assessment days will take place with Barr Beacon SCITT and the partner school that you have applied to. Our assessment days allow us to assess whether you have the potential to train with Barr Beacon SCITT. You will complete:
A 50-minute assessment of your subject knowledge and a 10-minute assessment of your written English skills.
A 15-minute teaching episode to a small group of students.
A 5-minute pre-prepared presentation on a given topic with a short Q&A session.
An interview encompassing all aspects of becoming a teacher.
There is an opportunity for you to ask any questions.
You will be judged against the following criteria:
Appropriateness of subject qualifications and knowledge and relevance to the teaching of the subject
Capacity to extend subject knowledge
Awareness of the role and responsibilities of a teacher and school environments
Enthusiasm for and commitment to teaching
Awareness of personal strengths and areas of development
Ability to engage and enthuse students in the subject
Ability to be flexible to meet the needs of the students and manage the learning environment
Ability to communicate effectively in standard spoken and written English
Awareness of the provider and our programme
Applicants successful at interview will then complete a Fundamental English and Mathematics assessment at a later date.
Regular information webinars that offer an insight into our programme and our schools can be found here.
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
Barr Beacon SCITT is committed to promoting and practicing equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and eliminating harassment and discrimination. We are an inclusive organisation which welcomes and treats both staff and trainees fairly and equally regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic origin or nationality. Our workforce should be representative of the communities we serve.
At Barr Beacon SCITT we provide opportunities for applicants who are attending an assessment day to identify any special arrangements that they may require in advance of this day. It is important that communication is made by applicants in advance of assessment days so that appropriate time and resources can be discussed and made available. Details of how this is done can be found on Page 7 of the assessment day invitation pack that applicants are sent. Trainees can be assured that reasonable adjustments to the assessment process, the course and the documentation will be made to ensure that those trainees with a disability are not disadvantaged.
Barr Beacon SCITT Old Hall Lane Walsall West Midlands WS9 0RF
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).