On this course you will learn how to develop your knowledge of Social Sciences within the context of the secondary curriculum, from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5.
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 of Social Sciences in order to grow into a teacher whose work inspires young minds.
We will involve you in developing your own understanding of the structure of the secondary 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 to refine your lessons. All our programmes help trainee teachers to channel their enthusiasm for their subject specialism into lessons which are grounded in key principles of the curriculum and a commitment to see pupils achieve.
You will also learn how different examination boards structure their GCSE and A level papers, develop an understanding of how these are marked and model your own teaching to prepare pupils for the rigours of exams. Importantly, you will also come to share our vision of how your subject contribute to the whole curriculum and have opportunities to explore cross curricular links working with colleagues.
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. We will ensure our high-quality NTTC curriculum will ensure you have covered the Core Content Framework for Teacher training and at the end of the course can produce a portfolio of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards to achieve QTS.
You will be supported by your mentor who will be a Social Sciences specialist who understands your needs and with whom you can work in partnership to ensure you have a fantastic and fulfilling year.
We work with over 45 schools in our region, so it is vital that we make the right match between school placement and trainee. Placements are based on where we know we can offer excellent mentoring and great opportunities to develop subject knowledge.
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 11 to 16-year olds. For those who want to develop their post 16 teaching experience we can facilitate a range of bespoke options for you to follow from 6th Forms, to a FE College.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Social sciences 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.
Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate why you want to work with young children and prove your commitment to the secondary sector.
Most candidates will be able to demonstrate experience working with young people. However, we evaluate each application on a person-by-person basis and we are keen to take all your experience in to account. We will check your application against the Children’s Barred list and require a full DBS check from the school you are working in.
For all Teaching Apprenticeships, you will need to have an employer, or come to an agreement with a school who is prepared to employ you from the start of the course.
As an Apprentice Teacher, you will be paid a salary by your employing school, the guidance states that this should be inline with point 1 of the unqualified teachers scale. However this is at the discretion of your employer.
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. We will carry out a check against the Children’s Barred list and if you are successful in your interview a full DBS check.
We are particularly interested in talking to people who have a proven track record in another industry or profession and wish to re-train as teachers.
If your previous professional experience is directly related to the subject you would like to teach, we want to hear from you.
How we select our trainees
Normally, Interviews will be held at one of our academies and will involve candidates in a full day of activities designed to test suitability to teach. Candidates will be asked to take part in structured lesson observations, 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. If we are unable to have face-to-face interviews due to Covid19 restrictions we will have online interviews. You will be asked to prepare a 10-minute activity which you will present. We will then interview you to evaluate whether 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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