We are looking for Economics graduates who are keen to teach their subject up to A level in a school and sixth form setting. This salaried school direct route involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a training day. The Friday conferences will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools. Curriculum conferences will be held in several of our school venues according to the best expertise available for each topic. In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year which will be delivered by experienced curriculum leaders in the 14-19 age phase.
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 lessons with feedback and target setting
Progress towards meeting the Teacher Standards at Key Assessment Points
Assessment of a Best Evidence Portfolio 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.
On this salaried school direct programme you will be employed by the school and will have a teaching timetable Monday to Thursday with training days on Fridays. You will need to gain some experience in a second setting during your training and this will be arranged during the programme.
UK Bachelors degree or equivalent in Economics
GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above
Ideally your degree would be a class 2:2 or above
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.
On salaried school direct programmes trainees are paid by the employing school on the unqualified teacher scale. They do not pay tuition fees to the SCITT, which awards QTS. The PGCE is available as a distance learning course with its own fees.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Ripley TSA 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 our schools in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning which is relevant to schools today and therefore linked to enhanced employment prospects. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by expert 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.
Due to coronavirus we are currently conducting interviews via Zoom. You will be asked to submit 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 completed under time limits via email.
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
Training with disabilities and other needs
Ripley TSA 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 TSA 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 on our programme (Ofsted 2017)
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