Our ITT course starts in September 2023 and runs for the duration of the academic year. It is currently made up of 10 core-based training days, all delivered from a subject perspective, along with 9 additional subject-focused training days.
All our training currently takes place in central London and/or online.
By demonstrating that you have made good progress in all the curriculum areas, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the course.
You will be based in school and spend one day a week training with your cohort or online. Some of this will be self-directed study.
Our curriculum is taught in eleven areas, meeting the requirements of the CCF, in addition to striving to go beyond them, and is all underpinned by the Teachers Standards.
These 11 areas are:
Evaluative Lesson Planning
Substantive and Disciplinary Knowledge
How pupils Learn
Adaptive Practices and Expertise
Behaviour for Learning, Climate
Teacher as Professional
Inclusion and Diversity
The course has been designed to cover practical science, including aspects of lab safety as well as making practical work effective. It also looks at misconceptions and how we can address these and ensure that they do not affect student understanding. Literacy and numeracy in science are also considered, enhanced by contributions from our ‘In Residence’ experts.
During subject specialism sessions we draw on expertise from our Medic in Residence and our Scientist in Residence to enhance understanding and teaching of ethical dimensions of biology, advances in biochemistry and practical applications of medical physics.
Our intent is to produce teachers who are:
Confident professionals who reflect habitually.
Innovative and adaptable
Cognisant of the professional responsibilities of a teacher
Aware of their part in creating an equality of experience for all pupils.
We use an online learning management system to support independent study and formative assessment, in addition to a subject specialist tutor from e-Qualitas who visits for a half day each half term.
You will be placed in a main school with a second six-week placement in a contrasting school. Every effort will be made to try to place you in schools to which you can commute.
During your placements, trainees will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced teachers and observe subject experts whilst refining their approaches to teaching and learning.
You will have regular weekly support from an in-school mentor and in addition trainees will be supported with research, training resources and six visits by an e-Qualitas tutor, who will review progress and adapt the programme to meet individual, learning needs.
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.
We suggest candidates use A Star Equivalency tests
The e-Qualitas course suits trainees who are independent learners, self-motivated and able to manage their time well.
You must be reflective, analytical, and be in possession of excellent communication skills.
We also look for the attributes that make for success in the classroom, for example, strong subject expertise, the ability to reflect on one’s own practice, be intellectually curious and have the capacity to be innovative and adaptable.
Relevant work experience is helpful because it puts the applicant into a stronger position at the start of the training period.
Suitability to work in a school as an unqualified teacher (this is verified by e-Qualitas through vetting checks including identity confirmation, criminal records checks, references and assessment of physical and mental capacity)
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £6,000.
e-Qualitas’s course fee is £6,000 + VAT (£7,200 inclusive of VAT) which is payable by the trainee.
In addition to the fee, a disbursement of £2,000 is payable to the school as a contribution to their training costs. (The school may choose to waive the disbursement. )
Therefore, the total cost of the course, payable by the trainee, is £9,200.
Financial support from the training provider
The trainee may be eligible for the following funding:
a training bursary or scholarship funding from the DfE;
tuition fee and maintenance loans through Student Finance England to cover the training fees and living costs.
e-Qualitas manages the processing and payment of such funding in accordance with DfE and Student Finance England guidelines.
About the training provider
We are a large SCITT, working with schools across Primary and Secondary phases in the London area and Southern England.
We offer a range of training Programmes including
Schools Direct Tuition Fee
Schools Direct Salaried
Teaching Apprenticeship Programme
Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
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.
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.
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 carried out by the school that is interested in having the applicant as a trainee teacher.
When a trainee is recommended by their host school, a member of the e-Qualitas team will interview the trainee to ensure that the entry and eligibility criteria are met, and the trainee understands the expectations of the ITT programme.
In addition, a meeting between e-Qualitas and the school will take place to ensure the school has the capacity to train and can meet the requirements of the programme.
Upon successful completion, e-Qualitas will issue a conditional offer of a training place.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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Support and advice
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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