As a school based provider of initial teacher training, the CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. The tutors on the course are experienced, practising teachers and, from the beginning of the course, trainees will spend four days a week (Monday – Thursday) in school and attend Core Training on Fridays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Whilst in school, trainees will have some teaching, including up to two days of contracted teaching as an unqualified teacher, but also have some time to get involved in other training activities: observing expert teachers; working with students in smaller groups, one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment & planning; reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee will have a dedicated subject specialist mentor, with whom training is planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. Most of the Core Training on Fridays will look at issues in learning & teaching common to all trainees, but there are also regular (approx. monthly) subject afternoons to look at more subject specific pedagogy. In addition, each trainee will be assigned to one of the senior tutor team, who act as personal tutors throughout the course. This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). For further details please follow the link to CTSN SCITT.
We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home. Full time salaried trainees spend most of the time at their employing school, except for a short placement, in the first half of the Spring term, when you are placed at a contrasting school. One key difference with the salaried training routes is that salaried trainees will have the professional responsibility for teaching classes, for up to two days each week. This means that there is considerably more independent teaching for salaried trainees, right from the very beginning of the course. Applicants who are not ready for this level of independent teaching responsibility might consider a non-salaried training route, for which there might be a tax free bursary available.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by ENIC UK). Usually, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a degree in a non-related subject but have significant work experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach may also be considered.
Your degree subject should be in Physics 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.
As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.
Before applying, you will need to have liaised with a school who is willing to employ you for the duration of the course. The provider maybe able to help you to find a school for you. Please do not apply before you have a placement school organised. You will be employed as an unqualified teacher; the rate of pay will depend on the school’s or academy’s pay scale.
Salaried teacher trainees are employed by a school on the Unqualified Teacher scale, usually UQ1. (It is worth bearing in mind that, depending on the subject, trainees might be better off on a non-salaried course; many subjects attract a generous tax free bursary from the DfE.)
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Saffron Walden County High School offers school-centred teacher training as a lead school with the accredited provider Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, CTSN SCITT, who train across the Eastern Region.
As a lead school, we endeavour to place trainees within our local network. However, to ensure high quality placements for all trainees, we may draw on training placements across the wider CTSN SCITT network.
All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
There is a wide range of placement schools across the CTSN SCITT network.
Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with the Anglia Ruskin University.
Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS.
The Cambridge Training School Network (Marketing name: The Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT) offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region.
At interview you will usually be asked to teach a small group of students, most probably in Key Stage 3. In addition there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools. The employing school (i.e. the one that will pay your salary) might also need to interview you; this could be arranged on the same interview day or, if necessary, on an alternative date.
You’ll need the right to work 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
Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website.
All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
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