Stockton-on-Tees Teacher Training Partnership
QTS full time teaching apprenticeship
- Financial support
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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.
If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.
- Course length
- 1 year
- Date you can apply from
- 8 October 2019
- Date course starts
- July 2020
About the course
This new one-year route, launched in September 2018, is designed as an additional route in to teaching to improve recruitment of teachers. It provides a fee-free, salaried route for graduates to enter the teaching profession and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within one year.*
We anticipate that schools are likely to consider this route for TAs they currently employ whom they wish to support to become qualified teachers. *Stockton SCITT does not directly recruit apprentices to place in schools. You must already be employed in the school and the Headteacher must be willing to support your application.
As the only Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees, we are a teacher training provider that prides itself on our bespoke programme personalised to meet your individual needs.
We prioritise your subject knowledge development, both in terms of content and pedagogy (how to teach). Throughout your training, you will receive substantial, bespoke training to support your subject knowledge development. Your training in school is personalised to meet your unique needs and will include a variety of activities. You will be assigned a subject specialist as your mentor. You will work closely with your mentor and other colleagues within the school every day. Time will be spent observing experienced colleagues and learning about the craft of the classroom as well as weekly one to one sessions with mentors, participation in your placement school’s staff training, advice to support your planning and teaching, colleague and pupil shadowing and much more.
The ethos of the programme is experiential learning and as such, over 70% of your time will be spent in school learning from experienced, excellent teachers. You are assessed on an ongoing basis, through observation of your practice and reflective conversations with your mentor and professional tutor.
We have robust safeguarding procedures in place, therefore enhanced Disclosure and Barring Checks (DBS) and barred list checks are undertaken to ensure trainees are suitable to train to teach.
Our recruitment process follows a number of steps:
Stage One: Screening
Applications are checked to ensure that your qualifications meet the entry requirements.
Stage Two: Scrutiny
Applications meeting the entry requirements are scrutinised by the Partnership against set criteria.
Stage Three: School Based Interview Process
If you are invited to participate in stage 3 of the selection process, you will be offered an interview at your employing school which will involve an interview with the Partnership and a written task. The process is designed to assess both fundamental English and Maths, subject knowledge, ability to engage with young people and to assess your overall suitability to train to teach.
Conditional offers are usually be made within 24 hours from the date of interview and often sooner than this. Offers will be confirmed via UCAS.
How school placements work
You train largely in the school in which they are employed. All apprentices must undertake a second placement in another school, usually in the spring term, negotiated between the partnership and the employing school.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with our ‘Wider Education Week’ visiting special schools, pupil referral units and sixth form provision (secondary only).
Your employing school will be responsible for paying you on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale.
Schools are able to access some funding to support salary costs which can be discussed with the partnership.
Employers that pay into the apprenticeship levy will be able to use up to £9,000 of funding from their apprenticeship service account to cover the cost of training.
Employers that do not pay the levy, or who have insufficient funds in their digital account, can access funding to support training and assessment of an apprentice.
The government will pay 90% of the costs of training and assessment for the apprenticeship (up to the £9,000 apprenticeship funding band maximum) and the school will pay the remaining 10%.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Applicants must already hold the following:
GCSE English and Maths Grade C, Level 4 minimum (or equivalent)
Applicants must have achieved the following by the time the course starts:
Honours degree at 2:2 or above.
For non UK qualifications you will need a NARIC statement of comparability.
Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career. We are looking for potential; if you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, have a positive outlook, are patient and adaptable, have good interpersonal skills, are creative and imaginative, have good organisational and time management skills, are reflective and strive to improve your own practice, then this could be the career for you. Previous school experience is not an essential criteria but if you are able to gain some experience, it could help inform your decision to train to teach and is one way to enhance your application.
Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check, sign a declaration that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children and complete a medical health questionnaire which may be subject to an occupational health referral. This will be arranged by the Partnership.
About the training provider
We are the only OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees. Our unique approach combines focused specialist in-house training in how to teach alongside immersion in the school environment to develop your skills as a teacher. We are one of a very few providers who provide substantial in-house training alongside your placement in school. We believe that this better equips you to hit the ground running when you begin to teach. The training takes the form of taught sessions delivered by experienced, expert, outstanding qualified teachers and specialists. The sessions provide practical strategies and techniques that will support you when you are teaching in school. There are also many opportunities for you to learn from and teach your fellow trainees through sessions that allow you to share your successes, ideas and challenges with each other and reflect on your school experiences. You will benefit from a mentor dedicated to supporting your development as well as a professional tutor who will oversee your development throughout the year.
We have a reputation for excellence, which is why more trainees than ever are choosing Stockton SCITT. 100% of our trainees who completed the programme in 2019 were graded at least Good with 79% graded as Outstanding. We have expanded by 35% in the last year alone. Our employment rate is very strong with over 90% of trainees securing NQT positions every year; over 50% of our trainees go onto secure NQT positions in Stockton, many in the schools where they trained.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our training space is housed in a building that is wheelchair accessible and has disabled parking and toilet facilities. All of our training takes place on the ground floor. For trainees with specific needs such as dyslexia or autism, we work with Occupational Health and the trainee to identify their precise needs and ensure that the appropriate support is put in place. For example, a recent trainee with dyslexia was provided with appropriate software on a loaned laptop, a smartpen, overlays and materials provided on yellow paper.
Many of our trainees are parents or become parents during the programme. We work with you to support you to manage the needs of your family alongside your training needs. For example, in the last year we have offered paternity leave, compassionate leave and temporary flexible training hours to manage a specific issue.
The well-being of all our trainees is very important to us. We continually monitor well-being through a number of mechanisms and individual support is put in place as required. All individual needs are taken into account when determining the location and nature of your placement schools.
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