Our SCITT curriculum begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a training day. Training will be hosted and delivered by experienced ITT specialists, subject experts and classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools.
In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where trainees will focus on teaching science specifically. These will be delivered by the Science Learning Centre at Ashton Community Science College. Biology, Chemistry and Physics trainees study together on these days and this is really useful because you will find that in most schools you will teach combined science at KS3. Learning together really helps you develop your subject knowledge across the three sciences and we can also organise additional courses for you via the Science Learning Centre to meet your individual needs.
You will audit your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach at KS3 and 4. Lead Subject Mentors will guide you towards great resources for this and you will be encouraged to join a professional subject association. A shared drive enables you to share resources with each other and school mentors.
Our programme documentation has been described by Ofsted: “Documentation is very well designed and contributes significantly to trainees’ success on the course”
Assessment of trainees for QTS is based on all of the following:
Regular observations of practice with development discussion and
Progress towards meeting the expectations of the curriculum
A final assessment against the requirements of the Teachers Standards at the end of the programme.
We have been highly praised by Ofsted for our approach to trainee workload, keeping our requirements concise yet effective.
You will complete placements in two partner schools. The first placement will begin in September, an excellent time to see how rules and routines are established at the start of the academic year. You will start with focused lesson observations across the whole school before you join your subject department and begin to plan teach parts of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons, building up to approximately 7 hours per week by Christmas.
The second placement begins after Christmas in a different school which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development. Again, you will gradually increase your teaching timetable and for the last few weeks will be full time in school, teaching up to 12 hours per week at that point in May and June.
Placements are selected for you on the basis of high quality mentoring, strong subject departments, contrasting schools and reasonable commuting distance. We work with approximately 15 schools in Lancashire.
On both placements you will teach the 11-16 age range in your subject.
There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise. There will normally be additional opportunities to experience primary education and sixth form education on the programme.
An undergraduate degree, 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 are looking for people who are keen to learn in a school setting and this model suits trainees who are able to learn as they go along and incorporate their own experience into this learning process. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the professionalism and resilience needed to become a teacher and to be reflective learners. A real commitment to a career in teaching, a love of their subject and positive attitude towards young people are essential qualities.
Applicants who are successful at interview will need the following before they can start the programme:
DBS and barred list check
It is important that you have a good awareness of what the role of a teacher involves so that you can be sure it is the right career choice for you. We offer school experience for people at all stages of this career decision, including after interview, in order to support you with this.
We welcome applicants of all ages, from university graduation to mature career changers.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
£9250 PGCE and QTS
£7000 QTS only
About the training provider
Ripley ITT SCITT is an Outstanding provider of ITT (Ofsted 2017) based in the historic city of Lancaster, a beautiful location close to Morecambe Bay and the South Lakes. We have a long history of initial teacher training at the lead school, Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, and a very committed partnership of schools.
Our highly innovative curriculum is designed and delivered by initial teacher training experts in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning ensuring that each teacher that we train can provide the very best holistic education for pupils. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by specialist practitioners and outstanding mentors.
Ofsted have graded our programme Outstanding in every category:
“The highly integrated structure and content of the programme produces confident teachers who are very well equipped to contribute immediately to their employing schools”
“The pastoral care of trainees is exemplary. The personalised support that they receive has a significant impact on the outstanding progress that they make. This high-quality support continues throughout their NQT year”
Many of our trainees go on to work in our partner schools where they make excellent progress, often with rapid promotion into leadership roles.
We currently have a blended approach to conducting interviews. Typically, the interview will take place via remote access with assessment tasks completed at a training centre. You will be asked to prepare a lesson plan beforehand and we will ask you about your ideas in the interview. There will also be a subject task and a written task which are normally completed at a named venue.
We are looking for the potential to be an excellent trainee, someone who is ready to start training in a school setting from early September. We are also looking for potential employees in our schools.
The admissions team are Safer Recruitment trained and we are committed to safeguarding children
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
Ripley ITT SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and meeting the needs of all trainees on the programme. Our programme operates in line with the legislation applicable to the DfE ITT Criteria.
People with disabilities are offered facilities at interviews to enable them to demonstrate their suitability for the programme. People who are or become disabled while on the programme are given positive help to enable them to continue their training. Additional resources are made available and funded by Ripley ITT SCITT in providing such support.
Venues and resources for training take account of the needs of all participants.
Wellbeing is an important part of our programme for all trainees and our curriculum addresses mental health, resilience, workload and individual needs. Personal support for trainees is Outstanding (Ofsted 2017)
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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