The Sheffield SCITT Biology (JHKL)

QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.sheffieldscitt.org.uk/information-and-events/

Contents

About the course

The Sheffield SCITT is committed to providing quality first teacher training. Our course exceeds the statutory requirement for Initial Teacher Training in all areas. You will be taught and supported by experienced classroom teachers. Your training will be informed throughout by the evidence base as to what makes the most effective teaching.

This course typically entails 4 days a week in the classroom and one day per week receiving more formal training.

During your time in the classroom you will work with and alongside experienced teachers to develop your own teaching practice. You will receive personalised support and be guided by an experienced mentor.

One day per week you will join other teacher trainees. You will be trained on aspects such as how to walk and talk like a teacher, plan lessons effectively, behaviour management and how to really stretch and challenge students.

You will spend September to December in your ‘Home School’. From December to Easter you will have the opportunity to experience life in a contrasting secondary school. From Easter to the end of the programme you will return to your initial school.

Our PGCE is delivered through the University of Hull. You will spend approximately 3 days over the year with your tutors from the University of Hull.

School placements

We offer placements in a wide range of secondary schools in and around Sheffield. When you apply you will need to select our Main Site (Notre Dame High School) and then at interview we will have a conversation with you about your geographical and placement school preferences.

You will spend most of the training year in your Home School and these schools are central to the selection process and our school based interview system. You can express a preference for your Home School based on location, preference for the type of school or a personal connection to a community you want to serve but we cannot guarantee to meet everyone’s preference.

There is also a short alternative placement in a contrasting alliance school in the middle of the training year and a brief experience in the phase (primary or secondary) you are not training to teach in. It would be sensible for trainees to base themselves within commutable distance of their Home School so these are finalised with you before the summer holidays to allow you to arrange your accommodation. We make every attempt to make sure the alternative placement school is in an accessible location but it may involve a few weeks of travelling further to get that all important contrasting experience in the right school for you.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 3BT
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

If your degree is not in the subject you want to train to teach then you will need to either have an A level in the subject you want to teach or be able to demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge during the interview. We know that many people apply to us while they are still completing their undergraduate degree. If you are in this situation it is important that at least one of the people who provide you with a reference is someone who can provide an academic reference from your university. This reference will need to contain a prediction of your degree class.

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.

Our lead school is one of a small number of schools designated as part of the Research School network. This means that your training is informed throughout by the evidence base as to what makes the most effective teaching.

Personal qualities

We are looking for the next generation of outstanding teachers and future school leaders. They will be passionate about children and education but also care about our schools and the communities they serve and the special ethos each of those schools have.

They will have experience of working with young people - ideally some of this will be school based giving them a good awareness of how schools operate and teachers work. Whatever their experience our applicants need to demonstrate how they have engaged, communicated with and inspired the young people they have worked with.

Other requirements

You will need to pass an Enhanced Criminal Record Check. Ideally you will have some experience working with children in a school or another organisation e.g. nursery, playgroups, scouts etc. As we are not allowed to hold a licence to sponsor visa applications you will need to be a UK citizen. Citizen’s of the European Economic Area or Switzerland will need to check their residency status at the time of application. You will be asked to provide official confirmation of your residency status on application

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £7,850.

There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.

If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is

  • Term 1 : £2,000
  • Term 2 : £2,000
  • Term 3 : £3,850

With each amount being due on the first day of each term.

You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.

Financial support from the training provider

We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees. However,

  • We will support you with the Student Finance Application process.
  • We will keep you informed as to whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.
  • We will also make you aware of any national scholarships that may be available for the subject you are training to teach.
  • We also provide free membership to the Westfield Healthy Extras emotional wellness support package to support you during your ITT year.

About the training provider

The Sheffield SCITT is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield. Notre Dame has been judged ‘Outstanding in all areas’ by OFSTED and The Sheffield SCITT was recently judged ‘Good’ by OFSTED for the quality of its teacher training. Our partnership schools all see The Sheffield SCITT as the best way to find and develop their own future teachers. The Sheffield SCITT aims to supply most of the Newly Qualified Teacher needs of our partnership of schools. Whilst we cannot guarantee jobs for all trainees at the end of the course, the vast majority of trainees secure jobs within our partnership. We remain small enough to know every trainee as an individual and give every partner school a voice in the running of the SCITT, but large enough to offer our trainees a diverse and bespoke experience of a different schools within the partnership - including Academies, Maintained Community Schools, Church Schools, those in multicultural inner cities, secondary schools with large sixth forms and primary schools with early years centres. Our Lead School is one of a small number of schools designated as part of the Research School network. This means that your training is informed throughout by the evidence base as to what makes the effective teaching. Our course includes the opportunity to study for a PGCE in Secondary Education (PGCSE) during your ITT year. The PGCE is offered through The University of Hull.

Interview process

The interview process for the SCITT involves a formal interview, questions from a subject specialist and a 15 minute teaching activity. We also ask you to sit mock numeracy and literacy papers to help us identify if you will need support before you start your ITT course. We also ask you to reflect on your teaching activity.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our aim is to meet the unique needs of every trainee, specifically by taking reasonable steps to ensure that disabled trainees and applicants are not put at a substantial disadvantage by comparison with trainees and applicants who are not disabled.

We cannot do this unless we know you have a disability. We encourage all our applicants to declare their disability on their application form and to discuss their requirements with us at interview. While disabled access to our schools is good we can only place trainees at the most suitable school to meet their needs if we know what those needs are.

In addition to one to one support from your mentors and subject leaders we currently provide all our trainees access to free access to the Westfield Healthy Extras which provides support throughout the year. The Sheffield SCITT has a ‘Reasonable Adjustments Policy and Procedure’ which underpins this approach and is available on request by emailing admin@sheffieldscitt.org.uk

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@sheffieldscitt.org.uk
Telephone
01142302536
Website
https://www.sheffieldscitt.org.uk/information-and-events/
Address
Notre Dame High School
Fulwood Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S10 3BT

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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