Get the best start you can to your teaching career with Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training based at South Hunsley. Our outstanding (Ofsted 2019) programme gives trainees an immersive experience throughout the course. After a week of induction and specialist training delivered by our Specialist Leaders in Education and external experts, trainees spend four days per week observing, supporting and teaching classes in their host school while being supported and challenged by the best mentors and host teachers available. Our professional studies sessions each Friday are designed to give trainees a deep understanding of the essential elements of classroom practice which underpins their development.
YWTT offers a bespoke training package. Each trainee has a subject mentor who supports them as they grow in the classroom, holding weekly mentor meetings to discuss progress, challenges and further development needs. Mentors support their trainees to set specific enquiry questions based on the feedback on their teaching, focussing reading specifically on their development needs.
Our team of science subject leads work with trainees and mentors to support subject knowledge development. Trainees complete a subject knowledge and pedagogy audit at the start of the course and update it regularly. This allows subject leads to design a highly bespoke curriculum to develop each trainee’s subject pedagogy ensuring our biology trainees are well equipped to teach biology and also have the skills necessary to effectively teach aspects of the other sciences.
Each week our trainees forward a learning journal to their YWTT tutor. Tutorials are held frequently. These celebrate progress and support trainees with the challenges they may face. There are review points during the training year with the final assessment taking place in the summer term. Review points can include a lesson observation by the Subject Leader and presentation of an Progress Portfolio. Progress Portfolios consist of a short presentation where the trainee considers the educational theory and research and how it has been used to maximise the progress of the learners in their focus group.
Our trainees have opportunities to work with partner schools to deliver science days, volunteer as trip leaders, and undertake a wide range of other activities to support them in being more than just a teacher of biology.
100% of headteachers who employed YWTT trainees said that they had made an excellent start in their new schools, with Ofsted stating that “NQTs have the knowledge and skills to become exceptional teachers.
Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training works in partnership with a range of schools across the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull. Trainees are given the opportunity to place possible placement schools in order of preference, with all of the 2018-19 cohort of trainees being given their first preference school for one of their placements. Trainees have ten secondary and ten primary schools from which to make their preferences. The programme is designed to help trainees develop a deep understanding of the similarities and differences between schools having placements in three different schools; the initial orientation placement which occurs in the second week of the course, followed by a diversity and main placement which are longer in length. The course also includes diversity days at other educational institutions, allowing trainees to broaden their knowledge of the whole education system. All secondary trainees on programme have the opportunity to experience the 16-18 phase on one of their placements.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology 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.
In your application and throughout the selection process, we are looking for people with a genuine passion and enthusiasm for teaching and their subject. Individuals who wish to inspire the next generation, engender a love for learning and support the children in their care to make excellent progress academically and in other areas.
If your degree is not directly related to the subject you wish to teach, SKE courses are an excellent way to develop your subject knowledge prior to the start of the initial teacher training course.
We actively encourage career changers to consider a career in teaching, so any other experience especially related to your subject or through working with young people is beneficial.
Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical assessment, assessing your capacity to train to teach.
Candidates will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, which will include full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training offers an exciting and innovative teacher training programme based in bespoke training facilities at South Hunsley School, an outstanding 11-18 school in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Yorkshire Wolds teacher training is privileged to work with a partnership of over twenty schools, giving trainees the opportunity to work with exceptional teachers in a variety of educational settings across the region. Our programme is designed to prepare trainees to become highly effective teachers, with a love of learning, who will continue to develop their skills throughout their career, through exposure to excellent practice, observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers. YWTT offers a bespoke training package, where excellent practitioners from across the partnership support the development of our trainees through the professional studies and the school based aspects of the programme. Trainees receive a high level of support throughout the programme to help them develop effective teacher wellbeing strategies as well as application support and interview practice, which result in an excellent employment record. YWTT works closely with Wolds Teaching School Alliance, ensuring our trainees gain the best possible start to their teaching career and access to continued professional development opportunities beyond the initial training year. Last year 100% of our trainees were graded good or better at the end of the training course, with almost 50% being graded outstanding. Please join us on our “Get into Teaching” days to find out more, see https://www.ywtt.org.uk for further details.
The Director of Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training and the appropriate Yorkshire Wolds Subject Lead conduct interviews often with a subject mentor from one of our partnership schools. The process will be approximately half a day, giving you the opportunity to meet some students and members of the YWTT team who will answer any questions you might have.
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
Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training is committed to delivering high quality teacher training that meets the diverse needs of its trainee population, ensuring that no individual or group is disadvantaged. All Yorkshire Wolds trainees are allocated a tutor who will work with each individual throughout the programme, celebrating progress, devising bespoke programmes to respond to individual needs and helping them overcome the challenges they may face.
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