This is a primary (5-11) QTS course which lasts from between 4 and 6 terms depending on the number of days per week you are able to undertake.
During the programme you will spend at least 120 days in schools and 70 days in centre-based training. Our training is designed by a highly qualified team of senior teachers and leading academics and is primarily based in school. The training is regularly adjusted to meet your emerging needs and to respond to the ever changing education landscape ensuring that you are learning at the cutting edge of research and best practice.
Training at the Centres
In these sessions you will be learning and practising your craft before teaching in the classroom. The training days include sessions in all National Curriculum subjects and associated areas, plus dedicated sessions for professional studies, SEND and inclusion, children’s mental health, behaviour and voice. We offer two training centres in Essex (Wickford and Southend) and give you access to all Canterbury Christ Church University facilities.
Training in School
Evidence shows that the best learning comes from training alongside the highest quality teachers, and with us, you benefit from a significant amount of real school experience as you work alongside the best teachers in our area.
We offer free additional training in Special Educational Needs and Disability, Early Years Foundation Stage, Leadership and Mathematics. All trainees are offered the opportunity to gain a sports coaching qualification during the year.
Throughout the programme you will gather evidence against the Teachers Standards which will be used, together with lesson observations and professional discussions to make judgements about your teaching for your final assessment in term 3. Your teaching will be assessed by both school mentors and your SCITT-based tutors.
Successful trainees are awarded QTS and also study for a PGCE by submitting one written assignment, one presentation and a research project. All assignments are undertaken in the first 3 terms.
We have an exceptionally well regarded support programme in place for all trainees. You will be assigned your own personal tutor, who will visit you in school and at the base, and a class and school mentor whose role it is to train and support you in school.
‘The partnership ensures that trainees are well prepared for teaching … Headteachers confirm that NQTs are well prepared for the role of teacher.’ Ofsted 2016