The key feature of our course is that the majority of the year is spent on school placement working alongside experienced colleagues in schools.
There are two routes to choose from:
School Direct Salaried:
This is an employment-based route for graduates with at least three years’ work experience. Colleagues will earn a salary while they train and the school will pay their QTS fees.
School Direct non -salaried:
This is not an employment route. Trainees will pay their own fees, but may be eligible for a bursary.
Please note which route is available at each school when applying and ensure that you apply for the correct route that is suitable to you as not all schools offer both routes.
You will have a school based mentor, who you will meet with weekly
You will be provided with a teaching timetable within ITT requirements
You will plan and evaluate all taught lessons, initially with the support of your mentor
You will be formally observed, it is recommended at least once per week
You will observe other staff, it is recommended at least once per week
You will compile a portfolio of evidence over the course of the year to show that you have met the teaching standards to achieve QTS
You will attend all CCCU training days and EKLA professional studies sessions
You will have access to a comprehensive school based CPD programme
You will complete contrasting school experience placements
On completion of the Training programme you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
There is an additional opportunity to complete a PGCE. Please discuss this option at interview and please note that the additional funding will be your responsibility
Throughout the course you will be assessed by your mentors and tutors who will grade you at key points to help you understand how well you are meeting the standards for QTS. At the end of the course you will have a final assessment. This will take the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether you have met the standards for QTS.
School Direct PGCE Pathway
In addition to the above QTS assessment process trainees who have opted for the School Direct PGCE Pathway will be required to submit three 4,000 word equivalent assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level.