This ITT course is a school-based, school-led, blended learning programme, comprising a sequenced balance of training and independent study provided by e-Qualitas. The eQ training approach includes core face to face days, subject specific and pedagogy blended learning resources, learning tasks and theory papers. Start dates are flexible as we have rolling recruitment and a cycle of training days starts each term for the group of full-time trainees starting then.
Our curriculum has a shared vision, is well sequenced and cohesively integrated in schools that prepares trainees for the reality of the classroom through sustainable workload and support. Mastery of the eQ ITT curriculum is at the heart, sequentially supporting trainee development through ‘learning that’ and’ learning how to’ across the core areas of behaviour management, classroom practice and adaptive teaching, subject knowledge and pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours. e-Qualitas has a comprehensive range of best practice research-based learning resources that come together as a coherent high-quality training offer for our trainees.
A trainee’s learning journey is based round Mastery of the eQ ITT curriculum including the DfE Core Content Framework (CCF). The ITT Core Content Framework has been designed to support trainee development in 5 core areas –behaviour management, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours. The ITT Core Content Framework mirrors the Early Career Framework (ECF) and is congruent with the 8 Teachers’ Standards,
Our trainees spend most of their time in school. They move from co-teaching with experienced staff to independent teaching (with support and advice from other teachers). Most trainees are teaching about a 50% timetable by a third of the way through their course, rising to 60% in the middle term, and rising again in the final term. A 6-week placement in a contrasting school usually takes place in the middle of the training period. Trainees typically attend about 10 training days plus phase/ subject specialist days in the centre (currently central London, Covent Garden). Some of these days are likely to be offered as blended virtual learning days going forward. There is a comprehensive VLE to support independent study, and pro-forma that can be used for lesson planning, observations, and to structure evaluative writing etc. A tutor from e-Qualitas visits for a whole day each half term.
Trainees commence their journey towards Mastery of the eQ ITT curriculum and will be supported with research, training resources and on going tracking including six visits by an e-Qualitas tutor, who will review progress and adapt the programme to meet individual, learning needs.
During school placements, trainees benefit from working alongside experienced teachers. Trainees have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors. They begin with a light teaching timetable which is gradually increased as they become more skilled and confident.
The main focus of this training programme is classroom practice and the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to ensure that pupils make excellent progress in their learning. Trainees are supported by both a school based mentor and a tutor working in close partnership to support them. They are experienced and skilled in classroom observation, giving feedback and setting targets for development. Trainees have full support in developing their behaviour management skills throughout the year.
Trainees have a six week second placement in a contrasting school, usually another local partnership school, to enhance their experience by giving them the opportunity to plan, teach and assess in a different context.
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.
The e-Qualitas course suits trainees who are independent learners who are self-motivated and able to manage their time well. You must be reflective and analytical, and have really good inter-personal skills. You must want to become an excellent teacher so that the pupils you teach do really well at school.
We also look for the attributes that make for success in the classroom eg strong subject expertise, flexibility, purposefulness, creativity, the capacity to learn from experience.
Relevant work experience is helpful because it puts the applicant into a stronger position at the start of the training period.
DBS checks have to be passed, obviously, and referees should endorse the applicant’s capacity to become a successful teacher.
Copies of the originals of all the applicant’s qualifications certificates are held by e-Qualitas, together with ID documents (passport; photo driving licence or two utility bills or similar from within the last 3 months, showing the applicant’s name and address).
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £6,000.
The tuition fee has to have VAT added at 20% (£1,200). e-Qualitas’s student teachers are able to get a student loan to cover the whole amount.
If the school wishes to receive a payment to contribute to its costs in providing the in-school training, the student teacher pays a further £2,000 as a disbursement (in three instalments). This can also be covered by the student loan.
About the training provider
We are a large SCITT, working with schools of all kinds (primary, secondary, special, independent) in the London area and across southern England. We have rolling recruitment, meaning that trainees can start in September or later in the academic year.
Our course suits those who are independent, self-motivated learners. An individual training plan guides each trainee; we have an extensive on-line library, and training days in central London complement the in-school training. Trainees are assessed every five weeks, which ensures that they know what they have done well, and what to focus on next. Each trainee has a visiting tutor who is a secondary subject, or primary, specialist. Tutors visit their trainees for a full day each half term. These visits include two lesson observations of the trainee, feedback on strengths and development points, and a check on progress overall.
Our aim is that all our trainees become excellent teachers. Everything we do is focused on this. In each of the last three years, two-thirds of our trainees have been graded ‘excellent’ in the final assessment for QTS. Over 90% have been appointed to a teaching post in the school in which they trained or did a placement (a few take teaching posts in other schools).
The first interview is by the school that is interested in having the applicant as a trainee teacher. If the applicant is successful, the school’s feedback enables e-Qualitas to make a conditional offer of a place. This is confirmed after the necessary conditions have been met, and an e-Qualitas tutor has visited the school. The tutor checks that the applicant is indeed suitable for entry to initial teacher training, checks that the school will make appropriate arrangements for the in-school training, and works out the individualised training plan.
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
Our course is designed to be flexible and responsive to individual needs. As a group of full-time trainees starts each term, trainees who aren’t able to train on a full-time basis, or who become ill and need time off during the course, don’t miss out on any training as they join in with the next group of trainees. Adapted tasks are available for students whose dyslexia makes it hard to write full essays for their assignments. Training day venues have wheelchair access, and cater for all dietary requirements. We ask trainees to let us know of any disability or other need, so that we and the partner schools can make appropriate arrangements.
Trainees who wish to gain a PGCE as well as QTS can add the academic award through our higher education partner. As we do not have a compulsory integral PGCE we have great flexibility in meeting our trainees’ individual training needs eg we can adapt coursework tasks for those who need individual arrangements, we don’t have fixed coursework deadlines during the training, and our trainees can start the course when it suits them and their school during the academic year.
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