On this course you will learn how to develop your subject knowledge in the context of the primary curriculum, within your chosen age phase.
We will support you as you explore ways of translating your subject knowledge in to effective and engaging learning activities. Throughout your training year you will encounter and explore different methods for using your knowledge and enthusiasm to grow into a teacher whose work inspires young minds.
We will involve you in developing your own understanding of the structure of the primary curriculum, and you will learn how to use this as the basis from which to build consistently strong lessons. You will learn the craft of lesson planning, creating learning-centred activities alongside a clear vision for how young minds learn. You will be supported in learning how to assess pupil progress and how to use the results of your assessments in order to refine your lessons. All our programmes help trainee teachers to channel their enthusiasm for their age phase specialism into lessons which are grounded in key principles of the curriculum and a commitment to see pupils achieve. You will explore how data is used in education to monitor and plan for progress.
Importantly, you will also come to share our vision of how primary teaching contributes to the lives of development of young learners and prepares them for their schooling ahead. As with all our programmes, you will learn a range of strategies for promoting and securing excellent behaviours for learning which have achievement and self-confidence at their core.
Your school-based experience will be underpinned by a professional development programme. You will grow your understanding of the teaching profession and the key issues which shape educational provision for young people. The programme provides you with constant opportunities to reflect on your professional practice and to acquire a depth of professional understanding of teaching, learning and assessment as outlined in the Core Content Framework.
Throughout the programme, you will be supported by your mentor who will be a primary specialist who understands your needs and with whom you can work in partnership to ensure you have a fantastic and fulfilling year.
Individuals will not automatically be placed within Wensum Junior. Placements are co-ordinated through the NTTC and are based on where we know we are able to offer excellent mentoring and great opportunities to develop knowledge of the primary curriculum.
All trainees follow a programme of 4 days per week in school and 1 day at college. You will be placed at a minimum of two schools during the year which will offer you contrasting experiences of education in our region.
All trainees will gain experience teaching Key Stage 1. We discuss with you at interview if you would like a placement experience teaching in EYFS or Key Stage 2.
Trainees are expected to travel for their placement, especially considering the Geography of Norfolk and the locations of our Partner Schools. We offer fantastic training opportunities in both rural and urban schools. If you have any limitations on travel, please declare this to us at interview so that we can take these into consideration whilst planning your placements.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We will advise you further on this at the interview stage.
Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate why you want to work with young children and prove your commitment to the primary sector.
Candidates for this course could be eligible for a Teaching bursary of £6,000 to support them throughout their training. To receive the bursary, you’ll need an A level in Maths at grade B or above (or equivalent).
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Wensum Junior School works in partnership with the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre (NTTC), who provide all the training courses, based at City College Norwich.
Working closely with our partner schools across the region, NTTC offers age 3 to 11 & 11to 18 experience across a broad range of schools.
NTTC provide a tailor-made route into teaching with our school based programme. The professional development programme follows a curriculum which links cohesively with the new ECF, preparing trainees for the start of their career. Our well qualified mentors are at the heart of our programmes, offering the opportunity to develop curriculum knowledge alongside engaging classroom activities.
Wensum Junior School offers its wide range of specialisms within Primary to contribute to the training programme and supporting trainees, completing the School Direct programmes, on placements.
We offer 4 routes to QTS, Primary Teaching Apprenticeships, Primary with Mathematics Apprenticeship, Primary with Mathematics School Direct (fee-funded) and Primary School Direct (fee-funded).
We also offer Secondary Apprenticeship courses for those wishing to study for QTS through the Teacher Apprenticeship and already have an employer.
About the accredited body
Our core values:
An unwavering belief in all trainee’s potential
A passion for excellence
Trust and Respect for others
All stakeholders are critical to the process
Working with our partnership schools you will gain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to ensure you become a confident member of the teaching profession and have a positive impact on the life chances of the children you teach.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for resilient people who can show that they are committed to working with young people and joining the teaching profession with expertise in Mathematics. You will need to have an A level in maths to be suitable for this course.
If your previous professional experience is directly related to working with young learners, we want to hear from you.
How we select our trainees:
Normally, Interviews will be held at City College Norwich and will involve candidates in a full day of activities designed to test suitability to teach. Candidates will be asked to take part in an interview task, group exercises and have a one to one interview. You will receive a brief from us so you know what to prepare for your interview. With Covid19 restrictions we may need to interview you online. We will ask you to prepare a 10-minute activity to present to us and then ask you formal questions to help us decide if you are suitable for Teacher Training. We strongly believe that interviews should be a two-way process, so we aim to give you as much information on NTTC as possible and answer the questions we know you will have.
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
Working with City College Norwich we are able to work closely with all our learners to ensure that all needs are supported in an atmosphere of inclusivity. If you have any special needs, please talk to us in confidence during your interview and we will ensure that the most appropriate and individualised learning plan is put in place.
Norfolk Teacher Training Centre City College Norwich, Ipswich Road Norwich Norfolk NR2 2LJ
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