How to Apply

Apply for School Centred Initial Teacher Training Courses

Here you can find information to take you through our entry requirements and how to apply for school centred initial teacher training courses. To register your interest please use our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

All applications must be made via UCAS, and applications will open 26th October 2017 for next year’s teacher training course starting in September 2018. Visit www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training and search for Training Programmes for 2018/19 in Stourport or use our training provider code S95. If you have any questions relating to your application, take a look at UCAS FAQs for applicants

Please note that the Personal Statement and References are a crucial part of the application process, and your application will not be complete without these two elements.

Once you have applied via UCAS, all Training Providers have 40 working days to make a decision on your application. You will receive a welcome email from UCAS which will contain your Personal ID and username for their online system Track, where you can follow the progress of your application.Your application will be sent to your chosen training providers online, normally within 24 hours. You’ll find out in Track what decision each training provider has made on your application.

Decisions & Replies

  • Once you have submitted your application, your chosen training providers will review your details and decide whether to make you an offer or invite you along to interview.
  • When you have received decisions in Track from all your choices, you have 10 working days to reply to any offers you’ve been given. You only need to reply to your offers once you’ve had decisions from all your choices, this is when the 10 working days begins.
  • If you’re sure you already have the offer you want, you can withdraw from any outstanding choices to accept that offer.  Find out how to withdraw a choice.
  • You must reply to your offers in Track. Any verbal or email communication with a training provider will not be considered formal decisions.
  • You can only accept one offer. If you’ve got more than one, you’ll have to choose the offer that’s best for you and decline the others. But if you don’t want to accept any of the offers, you can decline them all.
  • Make sure you respond inside the 10 working days or your offers will be automatically declined.
  • If you accept an unconditional offer, you are agreeing to take a place on that programme with that training provider.
  • If you accept a conditional offer, you are agreeing to take a place on that programme with that training provider, if you meet all the conditions.
  • You can accept an offer before you have heard from all your choices. However, we would advise you to think very carefully before doing this and do not do it unless you are very sure this is the right choice for you. To do this, you must withdraw from any providers who have not given a decision. The option to reply will only become available through Track after you have done this.

Interviews

Interviews aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you’ll need to have one if you want to be a teacher. Before you can be offered a place on a teacher training programme, you’ll have to attend an interview.

If you are invited to interview please leave a full day free for each interview and make sure you can attend interviews within the 40 working days.

  • If you’re invited to more than one interview on the same day, get in touch with the second training provider to ask if your interview can be rearranged.
  • If it can’t be rearranged, you might have to choose which interview to attend.
  • If you can’t attend an interview, you should let us know as soon as possible by telephone to 01299 824596. If you don’t, your application may be rejected.

Selection Process

Stourport SCITT offers an intensive, year-long, training programme which will demand dedication as well as the passion you have for your chosen subject. Our Interview and Selection process is very thorough and has been designed to help us to decide if you should train with us and also enable you to decide if you really have what it takes to become a teacher.

The Interview will take place either at our lead school, The Stourport High School and VIth Form College, or one of our partner schools. After your initial welcome, you will be interviewed by two or three members of our team including the SCITT Director, and member of the Senior Leadership team and a Subject Teacher. We will discuss your application and experience, your reasons for applying to become a teacher and your suitability to fulfill the role.

You will have time prior to the interview day to prepare a lesson in your chosen subject which you will deliver to a class of pupils to see how you interact and engage with them, and how you handle a real classroom situation. We are not expecting you to deliver the perfect lesson and be the perfect teacher at this stage, and you will have time to reflect on the lesson and assess your own performance.

You will be asked to complete a short examination paper in your chosen subject at GSCE level to assess your subject knowledge.

The interview also enables us to obtain copies of all your documentation such as GCSE and A Level certificates, Degree transcript and certificate, formal ID, valid DBS paperwork and Fitness to Teach. If any are missing, you can obtain copies of these documents from your school, college or university. All relevant paperwork must be provided before starting your teacher training course in September.


Entry Requirements

We seek high quality graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career and require the following qualifications for entry to all of our courses:

  • A degree, class 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at grade C or above
  • GCSE Science (or equivalent) at grade c or above if you are applying to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7–14).
  • You must have passed the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy

If you have studied outside of the UK, please check the National Academic Recognition Information Centre to find out whether your qualifications are equivalent and acceptable for entry.

Teaching is a demanding though rewarding profession so in addition to these qualifications, we also have some additional requirements to ensure this is the right career choice for you.

Stourport SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief, or socio-economic class.

Classroom experience

We expect you to have at least two weeks’ classroom experience before you start training with us. If you don’t have any, ask us if you can spend some time observing classes and helping out before you apply.

Fitness to Teach

You will be required to complete a health questionnaire and satisfy Fitness to Teach requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check. A criminal record won’t necessarily prevent you from becoming a teacher though you will need to disclose any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs and agree to an enhanced criminal check. This enables us to identify those who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Eligibility to study in the UK

If you are not a British national you must ensure via the Home Office/UK Border Agency that you are eligible to study in the UK and, if necessary, have applied for and received all the required visas, permits and documentation to do so before your training begins. See here for more info

 

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