SCITT Course Overview
The Arthur Terry Primary SCITT awards successful trainees with a PGCE and Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) through either the Primary or Secondary route. The PGCE is awarded by Birmingham City University. Successful completion of the course gives you 60 credits towards a Masters qualification.
On the 35-week programme Associate Teacher’s time is divided between School Placements, and Professional Experience Sessions within our Teaching School Alliance.
School placements take place in two schools from the Teaching School Alliance. The two school placements will be in different Key Stages. You will also have a week of experience at a Special School, a Key Stage 3 experience and an Early Years Foundation Experience.
During your School Placements you will be supported by your school-based Learning Coach, Professional Coach and your PGCE tutor who will guide you in your professional development both in your role as a teacher and academically.
Our course is highly personalised; Professional Experience Sessions (PES) take place in a range of primary schools within our partnership and enable you to gain valuable practical and hands on experiences. PES sessions are planned to introduce current pedagogy, national and local initiatives, as well as areas identified by previous cohorts and existing practitioners. Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE’s) and Outstanding Teachers facilitate these sessions, where you work with children as well as participating in pedagogical workshops. You will become highly reflective and able to identify how to take the skills learnt into your own classroom practice.
Associate Teachers will be assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the teaching experiences and three PGCE assignments that focus on the Core Curriculum, Foundation Studies and Professional Studies & Leadership.
The aims of the programme are to:
Produce highly skilled graduate teachers who:
- are resilient
- are committed to an ‘open classroom’ ethos where best practice is developed through observing, collaboration and a commitment to ongoing professional development
- have a deep level of understanding of teaching and learning
- demonstrate a passion for their subject and working with young people
- exhibit professionalism in the workplace allowing reasoned judgement to be made in varying situations
This will be achieved through:
- increasing the amount of time an Associate Teacher spends in the classroom
- a focus on core teaching skills including reading, mathematics and managing behaviour
- working with outstanding practitioners on a day to day basis
- having access to outstanding departments in outstanding schools
- experiencing schools in a variety of different settings
Salaried Route (QTS with possible PGCE)
We have a limited number of places for the salaried route. This course is suitable for those with sufficient experience in education already or are currently working as unqualified teachers within our partner schools. You will be provided with core training through release from your employing school but will be expected to teach a larger proportion of lessons, often unsupported, and will be employed by the host school. You will receive a taxable salary (of up to £21,000) and are not eligible for a government bursary:
Applications will be open from the start of October the year before commencement until the following August of the entry year.
Applications can be made through UCAS (Provider code 1QN) or Apply for Teacher Training through the government website.
If invited for an interview you will be expected to provide evidence of your qualifications, information about past experiences and education.
We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. The academic requirements set out by the Teaching Agency to enter the profession are:
- A grade C/Grade 4 (or better) in GCSE English and Mathematics and Science
- An honours degree (at least a 2.2) or above
- All applications for teacher training with the Arthur Terry Teaching School must be made through UCAS or by using the new GOV.UK service called Apply for Teacher Training.