Initial Teacher Training
Community First Academy Trust understand what outstanding teaching looks like and how to help teachers get there whatever their starting point. Our partnership of schools enjoy Ofsted Outstanding recognition, excellent results and some of the highest attendance rates in the country.
Kingsbridge Teacher Training (ITT) is a 12 month programme that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the award of PGCE level provided by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). You can specialise in Primary or a specific subject at Secondary level.
- Primary Programme (3-7)
- Primary Programme (5-11)
- Secondary Programme (11-16) with post 16 enhancement
Our approach combines in-school experience, centre-based training and on-line tuition. We also work with and equip trainees with the skills to work in an array of schools, including those in challenging circumstances. These experiences will ensure that you can teach high quality lessons and positively engage with pupils through their academic work as well as their pastoral experiences.
Train to Teach as a Primary Teacher
Our Primary Teacher Training Programme is full time and runs for one academic year. Learning will take place in many locations and in many different modes. We expect you to take the lead in managing your own learning, but will provide guidance and support from trainers at the ITT Centre and in our partner schools.
Train to Teach as a Secondary Teacher
Our Secondary Teacher Training Programme is full time and runs for one academic year. Learning will take place in many locations and in many different modes. We expect you to take the lead in managing your own learning, but will provide guidance and support from trainers at the ITT Centre and in our partner schools.
The minimum academic qualifications* required for programme are:
|Typically 2.2 or higher degree.||Typically 2.2 or higher degree in a subject where at least 50% of study is in the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.|
|GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) in English and mathematics plus science is required.||GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) in English and mathematicsis required.|
*If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees.
All candidates will be required to complete Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to starting the programme. This is a legal requirement. When you’re ready, you’ll need to book your tests with learndirect. The first three attempts are free and candidates will then need to pay thereafter. There is no longer a cap on the number of times the Professional Skills Tests need to be taken.
July 2019 update- The DfE announced in July 2019 that it is to replace the existing professional skills tests on teacher training courses with a new system for September 2020 initial teacher training entrants. Further information will follow in due course about the governments new approach to assessing the numeracy and literacy of prospective teachers.
Before being accepted onto the course, all trainee teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire if you are offered a place on our training course*.
*This requirement is inline with the Department for Education's health and physical capacity to teach checks.
WELLBEING AND WORKLOAD SUPPORT
Wellbeing and workload support is at the heart of our teacher training programme. To see how visit our Trainee Workload and Wellbeing initiative page 2019-20
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides employers and other authorised organisations with details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, police reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer. You will not be permitted to begin your training without being in possession of an enhanced DBS with barred list check. We will arrange for Tuition-fee students to apply for this check when you have been offered a place on one of our courses*.
Trainees are encouraged to take out the update service which costs £13 a year.
*This requirement is inline with the Department for Education's Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
More information can be obtained here
If you have any questions about Initial Teacher Training program, please call 01942 487999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org