The course is full time and runs from September until the end of June. The course is made up of General Professional Studies sessions, the Subject Specialism Programme and PGCE modules. There will also be an Enhancement Programme which has been put together to give trainees a range of experiences. By completing the visits, you will gain a better understanding of a range of educational settings.
All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.
The PGCE is accredited by Northumbria University and assessed through 3 written assignments. The PGCE training modules will be held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe.
If a trainee does not meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, but has passed the PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme.
The main placement will be in your School Direct school but you will also do a second placement in one of the other secondary partnership schools. On each placement you will be allocated a Mentor who will support and guide you through the school based training.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College
Merrington Road, Ferryhill, Co Durham, DL17 8RW
Woodham Academy, Washington Crescent, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 4AX
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in geography 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.
Before being accepted onto the course, all trainee teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be asked to complete a confidential self certified Health questionnaire, and if appropriate, an Occupational Health Advisor may request to see you for a more formal medical examination.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides employers and other authorised organisations with details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, police reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Eden Learning Trust is a newly established Multi Academy Trust based in South West Durham. Its aim is to provide the strongest possible education opportunities, in an environment where every one of our children really matters. Our banner of ‘Achievement for all’ is testament to this aim and has supported the founding schools in good stead over the past 5 years.
“A great trust is about great people and within the Eden Learning Trust our staff are most definitely, our greatest asset. Their skills, unwavering professionalisms and good humour are at the core of what makes education great. We are driven to support our staff in their development, to help them to become great at ever part of their role. We believe that a successful staff, make successful learners and a happy and successful school.”
Eden Learning Trust (ELT) was formed in July of 2018 and has been founded through established local working relationships between one primary school, Chilton Academy and two secondary schools, Ferryhill Business & Enterprise College and Woodham Academy.
Durham SCITT is the accrediting provider for Eden Learning Trust.
The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether or not we should invite you for interview. It is, therefore, important to include all the relevant information on the form to help us make this decision.
If you are invited to interview and have a disability, please let the Durham SCITT Course Administrator know in advance if there are any special arrangements that should be made for the interview process, for example large print copies of documentation, additional time for reading or wheelchair access to the interview rooms.
You will be sent information about a 15 minute subject specific teaching task. The activity should be devised to be appropriate for a group of Year 10 (14 - 15) students. The interview panel will then ask you several questions to establish your motivation for wanting to teach in your chosen subject area and some administration questions. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. During the interview process there will be a literacy and numeracy activity to complete.
The formal interview panel will be made up of a subject specialist and one of the Durham SCITT Directors.
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
Eden Learning Trust prides ourselves on the personal approach and fully supports candidates with disabilities during the interview process and throughout the course.
Corazon Health provides an assessment and advisory service on the occupational health aspects of trainees. As part of the recruitment process, you will be required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire and, if any needs are identified, will be followed up. Any necessary recommendations will be put in place.
Eden Learning Trust c/o Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College Merrington Rd Ferryhill County Durham DL17 8RW
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
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Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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