Our Secondary Programme offers high quality training, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level, validated by the University of Greenwich.
The course is 37 weeks long and combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate they have developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Teachers’ Standards for QTS. There are built-in assessment structures which help Trainees track their progression throughout the CTTC curriculum. This curriculum is centred around 4 key values: CREATIVITY, TARGETED INTERVENTION, THINKING CRITICALLY AND COLLABORATION and ensures trainees have full access to their entitlement under the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework.
The training consists of placements within two schools across opposite key stages, along with centre-based training sessions. There is also the opportunity to gain experience within SEND, EAL, Sixth form and Pupil Referral Unit settings. Additionally, trainees will have a lead mentor for subject studies to develop their chosen discipline.
We have a high number of schools within our Consortium who offer placements to our trainees, all of whom provide excellent support and have been rated by ex-trainees as preparing them, across a range of phases, as 100% good and outstanding. If you wish to train in a subject not listed please contact us and we can advise you.
Please see our website or contact us for a list of our partner schools and for further details.
A first degree of a 2:2 (or above) from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institute or equivalent qualification*.
GCSE’s in English Language and Maths (or equivalent*) at grade 4/C or above.
A NARIC certificate of comparability is required for the degree and GCSE equivalent qualifications if obtained overseas.
All qualifications must be achieved prior to the start date of the course (but not necessarily at the application stage).
It is essential for applicants to have excellent personal attributes, which will enable them to relate to young people and communicate effectively. Ideally, an understanding of what makes effective teaching and learning in the primary phase will also be of benefit.
Qualities sought include:
Commitment to the safeguarding of young people
Enthusiasm and commitment to continuing professional development
A willingness to train, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
Ability to cope with difficult and challenging situations
Good written and verbal communication skills
Well organised and hardworking
Sense of humour
The salaried route is open to those applicants who receive a firm offer of salaried employment from a secondary school. (Please kindly note that CTTC are unable to offer employment in schools). Applicants can also apply for the non-salaried route.
Offers of a training place are subject to pre-course screening checks and all applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.
For the period of training all applicants must be employed as an unqualified teacher at a school, (except applicants employed in academies or independent schools) and must be paid in accordance with at least the minimum of the unqualified teacher pay range for the period of their training.
There will be a fee payable either by the trainee or school (to be agreed independently of CTTC) for the PGCE from the University of Greenwich.
Financial support is not available for this course because you will receive a salary.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Colchester Teacher Training Consortium is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted, Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Our strong partnership of schools and colleges in North Essex and South Suffolk provides diversity and choice for trainees. Our schools offer a wide range of educational experiences including grammar schools, sixth form colleges and specialist SEND placements.
As our programmes are run by schools for schools, we understand the needs of teachers in training. “A rich programme of training, combined with high quality complementary school placements equips trainees with the skills and knowledge to become successful, thoughtful teachers” (Ofsted 2017).
Our goal is to train outstanding teachers who are able to inspire children and young people to become resilient high achievers and lifelong learners. Trainees value the strong pastoral support and mentoring that they receive on an individualised programme. “[The course] is tailored to our needs, we are not just a number” (quoted by a trainee in the Ofsted 2017 report).
Our Primary and Secondary School Direct Programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level validated by the University of Greenwich.
We host events and taster days throughout the year, details are published on our website and on social media.
For further information, advice or support with your application, please visit our website or contact a member of our friendly team via telephone or email.
We invite short-listed applicants to participate in a selection process involving the following:
Teaching a Lesson
*English (spelling and grammar) task
*Maths (data) task
We ask all interviewees to teach a micro lesson to a small group of children.
Applicants will then be asked to complete a spelling and grammar task, and a data task, which offers the opportunity to provide a written analysis of the task. This also gives the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate they can communicate in writing, accurately and effectively.
The interview will last for approximately 25 minutes and includes a 10 minute presentation on the lesson discussing the reasoning behind the candidates lesson design. Questions will be framed around the applicant’s previous relevant experience, skills, knowledge of the curriculum and aptitude for becoming a teacher of the future.
For the salaried route you will be interviewed by the employing school in addition.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Bespoke support is provided for trainees with a variety of needs.
Personal tutor for the PGCE
Resources to allow easier access on computer applications if required
Expert pastoral care
All school placements allow for trainees with access requirements
Colchester Teacher Training Colchester County High School Norman Way Colchester CO3 3US
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