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South West Teacher Training Primary (3-7) (Y724)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.swtt.net

Contents

Course summary

Primary 3-7 - Marine Academy Primary are proud to offer the Primary 3-7 programme. Delivered by outstanding current practitioners and Specialist Leaders in Education alongside the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors, the programme delivers an integrated programme of theoretical knowledge and practical skills enabling you to design and deliver engaging lessons based on solid subject knowledge. The course is practical, hands on and intellectually demanding; sessions typically include simulations of classroom activities, specialist subject knowledge boosters, and sharing developments in pedagogy. These sessions provide support and challenge to help you progress. Marine Academy has an excellent record of teacher training and all of our students successfully embark on their teaching career straight away.

School placements

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible. After your Induction, you will complete three days of experience in a Secondary school and then begin the first of two placements in your Primary school setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at Marine Academy Primary, ensures that you are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme. You will spend the majority of your training year in a host school training in your preferred Key Stage; this could be here at Marine Academy Primary or in one of our excellent partner schools from The Inspire Multi Academy Trust (South West). You will also spend a six-week contrasting placement in another school where you will teach in the opposite Key Stage, further developing you understanding and knowledge of the Early Years or Primary phase. You will come together as a cohort every Friday where you will take part in the school based training sessions. These sessions offer you the opportunity to reflect on your experience, support each other and build a network of support throughout your training year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • a range of experience of school settings or working with young people is desirable but not essential
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and Marine Academy. All candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks. A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children and young people) and is therefore exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This exemption means that applicants for this post are required to declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers both spent and unspent in their application regardless of the passage of time.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

South West Teacher Training is based at West Exe School, part of the highly successful Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. We are situated in Exeter, placing our trainees in a partnership of schools across Exeter, Plymouth and throughout Devon and Somerset. Although we can’t promise specific placements on application, we carefully match trainees to schools that suit their skills and location.

We work with Bath Spa University, an Ofsted Outstanding provider, who provide our PGCE. They offer a balanced programme of academic excellence alongside school-based training. Bath Spa tutors visit our Exeter site, providing lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

We work with Exeter Consortium and the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. We offer a programme of study that links our Secondary and Primary training, giving our Secondary trainees an enviable insight into the workings of Primary education. The programme is taught by leading practitioners, many of whom are ex-SWTT trainees now employed by our partner schools. They provide training rooted in research and current classroom practice. Our programme prioritises teaching over paperwork - our Good Ofsted Inspection report in 2021 acknowledges our is ‘highly regarded by headteachers and says our trainees spend more time considering their impact on young people, and less time managing paperwork and workload.

Our trainees begin teaching in staged steps early on, integrating academic study with classroom practice. Trainees value our route as it places them in schools swiftly, yet allows them to build their teaching skills gradually. Our route is truly practitioner-led. Visit www.swtt.net to learn more.

Interview process

Under guidance from the Department for Education, SWTT and Marine Academy continue to recruit throughout this period in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Applicants will still be shortlisted in the usual manner. Once shortlisted, applicants will be invited to an online interview that will involve:

  • a short presentation – What makes good teaching?
  • a written task
  • a panel interview
  • video Analysis of Lesson Interviews take around 2 hours and candidates are given 5-7 days notice to allow them time to prepare. Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training and Marine Academy Primary community.

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

At South West Teacher Training we have a long history of accommodating trainees with a wide range of disabilities and other needs. Our training programme emphasises the need for trainees to manage their own pace of learning. Our recent Ofsted Inspection praised our programme as inclusive; trainee well-being is at the heart of our vision for creating resilient teachers capable of managing their workload.

To that end, in the past we have successfully trained teachers who have learned strategies to manage their dyslexia, colour-blindness as well as mobility issues whilst meeting the demands of classroom practice. Trainees are asked to discuss their needs during a health check before starting the course and this information is swiftly communicated to the course team.

Our partnership with Bath Spa University is designed to support trainees with a range of needs and we have a differentiated programme of support tutorials, offering our trainees the help and guidance they need as individuals.

Contact this training provider

Email
swtt@westexe.devon.sch.uk
Telephone
01392 686 165
Website
http://www.swtt.net
Address
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road
Exeter
Devon
EX2 9JU

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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