Interested in becoming a primary teacher
Why not train with us…
Working in partnership with our partner Provider, Essex Primary SCITT, Felsted Primary School offers high quality training for graduates wishing to teach in primary schools through its one-year full time School Direct route leading to Qualified Teacher Status.
We work successfully with partnership schools across our area with the aim of producing confident, highly skilled, enthusiastic and innovative practitioners able to teach across the primary age range to meet the needs of our local context.
Although you apply to Felsted Primary School, we work collaboratively with other primary schools in the area. Your first placement will either be in Felsted Primary School or one of our partner schools. The second placement (in a different year group) will be in a different school.
Our former trainees recommend our course
‘I can't rate the course more highly. The way the course is structured allows you to get to know what life is like in a school whilst gradually building up your teaching experience. You are utterly supported along the way by the tutors and mentors who are out to give you the very best start in your career as a teacher. Certainly, for me this was the best pathway to take to QTS.’
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. Although it has, as expected, been challenging in many ways, I have learnt so much and progressed enormously. I now feel fully prepared to take on my own class.’
‘I feel that this is a fantastic way to train as a teacher, as the trainee is part of the school team from day 1.’
‘Have had a fantastic year! Have learnt and developed so much and cannot wait to begin teaching in September.’
‘Although extremely hard work, I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and would certainly recommend it to others.’
‘The school based nature of the course makes it incredibly intense, hard work and pressurised. Nothing else could better prepare a trainee for the nature of the teaching role.’
Our Training Programme
Training covers the effective teaching of all Core and Foundation subjects, the wider curriculum and other current educational issues as well as developing trainees’ ICT skills. We work in partnership with other local primary providers to offer a specialist training in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), English, Maths, Science, ICT, Drama, MFL, PE and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).
Trainees attend a pre-course induction day with their host school mentor in July and a second induction day prior to taking up their main placement and we encourage trainees to spend time in their host school prior to starting the course if possible. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in their host schools from the very beginning. Trainees spend approximately three days a week in school and two days a week on our taught course for the first 2 terms. During this time there are also opportunities to visit other partnership schools to further develop practice. In the final term there are two block teaching practices, one in a second placement school and a final assessed teaching practice back in the main placement school. Trainees are allocated to one of 2 cohorts with training days based either at Lyons Hall Primary in Braintree or Moulsham Infants School in Chelmsford (dependent of home location). Some training days are also held in other partnership schools.
Each trainee is assigned a mentor in each school and an external mentor who support and guide them through their professional development. Throughout the year trainees complete directed tasks and assignments which build up a range of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards for their Professional Portfolio which is a core requirement for the successful completion of the course.
How to Apply
We offer places through the School Direct route
You can find out more about the School Direct route via the Department for Education website www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching.
From 2014 all applications will be made through UCAS Teacher Training
The first application route opens around the beginning of November and allows applicants to choose up to 3 training programmes at a time.
If an applicant is unsuccessful in ‘Apply 1’ they can apply through a second round ‘Apply 2’ from January. Applicants can only apply to one training programme at a time in this round.
Once applications are processed and received, training providers will have 40 working days to decide if they want to interview a candidate and offer them a place post interview or to decide if an applicant is unsuccessful. Successful applicants then have 10 working days in which to accept or reject an offer of a place.
Entrants must hold a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification and also have GCSE Grade C or equivalent in Mathematics, English Language and Science. Essex Primary SCITT adheres to the Government recommendation that the degree should be a 2:2 or above. Entrants will be expected to have had recent and relevant experience with primary aged children in an educational environment. They must demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
Pre-entry skills tests
From 1 September 2012 pre-entry skills tests in literacy and numeracy were introduced. Anyone applying for an initial teacher training (ITT) is required to have passed the skills tests before starting the course. Once an applicant has submitted an application form for an ITT course, he or she will be eligible to book skills tests via the DfE website, www.education.gov.uk.
Skills tests candidates receive their first attempt at each test free of charge but will be charged for resits. There is a small charge for each resit with the charge being levied at the time of booking the test on-line. Candidates are allowed a maximum of 3 attempts at the tests.
All candidates are encouraged to use the practice material available on the DfE website, www.education.gov.uk. The practice material includes interactive tests which will help candidates to decide if they are ready to take the test or need to improve their skills further before booking a test.
Some candidates may be eligible for special arrangements to be made when taking their skills tests particularly if they have hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical disabilities, dyslexia and EAL. Please contact the special arrangements advisors on the skills tests helpline to ensure you get the correct arrangements.
For more information visit our training partner’s website www.essexprimaryscitt.co.uk or contact them:
Tel: 07738 885759