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North West SHARES SCITT Primary (Special Educational Needs) (3BQX)

QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.northwestscitt.com

Contents

Course summary

We offer a rigorous and innovative, initial teacher training programme for trainees who wish to specialise in teaching children with complex learning needs and/or disabilities in the primary age phase 5-11.

You will gain significant and sustained experience in both mainstream and special schools, providing you will skills and expertise to teach in either sector at the conclusion of our programme. You will be trained by an experienced leader of special education and will gain a deep insight into the range of needs of children, statutory frameworks as well as considering how schools offer support to parents and carers. A unique experience for you as a trainee teacher.

The programme runs for a minimum of 38 weeks; you will spend four days per week in school and one day per week attending training seminars.

Your training seminars will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of national statutory frameworks including:

  • Primary National Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • SEND Code of Practice.

Additionally, you will benefit from training linked to; theories of teaching and learning, mental health, outdoor learning, working with children with EAL, parents.

Our training ensures that you will have the most up to date knowledge, based on the most recent and relevant research which underpins all of our training, ensuring that you are able to integrate current theory into your classroom on a daily basis.

Your training placements will be organised to suit your training needs, they will take place across 2 contrasting schools in KS2/KS1, which will immerse you in teaching in both the mainstream and special school sector. Quite simply, you will stand out from the crowd and be highly employable.

Our training programme does not assess what you ‘write about teaching’, we believe you should be assessed, doing what you do best…… teaching children in the classroom! Your progress will be monitored through:

  • Regular assessments of your teaching and learning
  • Regular progress targets of your teaching and learning
  • Summative assessments at the conclusion of each placement.

School placements

Originally established in Skelmersdale, our ITT partnership now extends to Southport, Formby, Liverpool, Ormskirk, Wigan, West Lancashire and Preston, meaning placements can suit your needs!

We also provide unique enhancement training opportunities including:

  • Teaching children with English as an Additional Language
  • Teaching children in KS3

Your placements will be intentionally diverse, they will challenge your thinking about teaching and learning, however, will enable you to learn from experts in their field, in their classroom for a sustained period of time. The critical learning for all of our trainees is to understand that your progress can be directly linked to the progress of the children in their class. If the children are making progress… then you are too!

An at the glance summary of our training placements:

  • Qu. Length of time in each placement? Ans. 18 weeks in each placement.

  • Qu. How is placement selected? Ans. Based on your training needs, we carefully match you, your school and mentor – trust us!

  • Qu. How far will I be required to travel? Ans. All of our trainees are placed within our alliance of schools, reducing the burden of travel to you.

  • Qu. What will my working hours be? Ans. Training Day 9-4.30. School Day while schools differ, most schools expect as a minimum 8.00-4.30.

You will attend staff meetings and support out of school club provision.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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.

Candidates taking an equivalency with a recognised 3rd party provider will self fund the equivalency.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with a genuine interest/experience in teaching or supporting children with SEN/D.

You may have experience with children from a range of sources e.g. work, volunteer, placement, governor in school or summer clubs, sports, cubs etc. It is not how many days you have spent with children that matters, it is what you understand about being a teacher that is of interest to us.

If you have determination, resilience, creativity and a passion for teaching, you possess the personal qualities that make superb teachers and leaders of the future. Show this at your interview!

Other requirements

All successful candidates are required to meet the following conditions of any offer by the programme start date:

  • Clear disclosure and barring service (DBS) criminal records check including children’s barred list information;
  • Clear prohibition order check;
  • Clear health and physical capacity to train to teach through an external occupational health check;
  • Clear criminal record checks for overseas applicants; -Clear criminal records checks for applicants who have lived or worked abroad for 3 months or more in the last 10 years;
  • Two professional references;
  • Develop fundamentals in Mathematics and Literacy proficiency.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

North West SCITT is a leading provider of school-based Initial Teacher Training, with a 100% employment rate over the last 3 years. Over the course of one intense year we nurture and challenge trainees to develop the skills to become highly effective teachers, ready to take up a teaching post in Foundation Stage, KS1, KS2 or SEN provision.

Our training programme is entirely school based and our trainee teachers spend 37 weeks in school, learning ‘on the job’, working alongside experienced teachers who mentor them through their training period.

What is unique about North West SCITT:

  • You are treated as a ‘future colleague’ and will be trained through a bespoke Individual Training Plan;
  • On completing the programme, you will continue to receive support through our NQT Package during your first year as a teacher;
  • With our eye on ‘future talent’ – our Leadership Ladder will equip you to take on further responsibility and move into school leadership.

What Ofsted (2015) says, “Exceptional leadership and management, everyone shares the same ambitious vision, all are absolutely dedicated to developing inspirational teachers and future leaders for local schools.”

What our students say, “My SCITT training experience has been like nothing I have experienced before. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year with the SCITT family. From start to finish I have been fully supported and given the opportunity to shine whilst recognising my development needs – I cannot wait to continue to grow with NW SCITT on their leadership ladder”.

Interview process

We intend to recruit the highest calibre of candidates and our interview process is designed to ensure that we establish your suitability and readiness to teach children with complex needs.

We are looking for candidates who are well-organised, well prepared and are already knowledgeable about statutory educational provision and who can demonstrate a commitment to successfully completing our School Based Initial Teacher Training Programme. Prior experience of educational provision in the SEND sector is highly recommended.

Our vision is to train and recruit our ‘future colleagues and future leaders!’.

Candidates who are selected for interview, will be welcomed into one of our partner schools and will during the course of the day complete the following tasks:

  • Plan and deliver a short lesson with an allocated class;
  • Complete a subject knowledge task based on the Primary National Curriculum;
  • Engage in an individual interview to share your current experiences and aspirations for yourself as a future teacher.

Successful candidates are provided with post interview targets and are supported to meet these targets prior to commencing the programme so that you can ‘hit the ground running’.

Applicants with disabilities or special educational needs: We comply with equality legislation and ensure that the interview procedures promote equality of opportunity and avoid discrimination. Applicants with disabilities are under no obligation to disclose disability, however, where information is provided we will make reasonable adjustments to promote equality of access.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

It is our aim to make our provision accessible to all applicants and trainee teachers. We comply with equality legislation and promote equality of opportunity and aim to avoid discrimination. Applicants with a disability are advised to inform us of any special arrangements they may need prior to the interview date in order that we can make suitable arrangements.

Due to our individualised approached to ITT, trainees with a range of disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia) have successfully completed our programme. All schools within our ITT partnership are fully committed to inclusive education for their children and will make reasonable adjustments to enable trainees with disabilities or SpLD to succeed during their training.

Contact this training provider

Email
ddavies@woodland.lancs.sch.uk
Telephone
01695 557488
Website
http://www.northwestscitt.com
Address
North West SHARES SCITT
Woodland Primary Teaching School
Heathgate, Skelmersdale
Lancashire
WN8 6QH

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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