Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance

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ITT - Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession

Our Alliance of schools is working in partnership with HART of Yorkshire SCITT to deliver a year-long, school-based programme of Initial Teacher Training.  Validated by HART of Yorkshire SCITT and Northumbria University. The programme leads to a PGCE with QTS.

What will the course look like?
Starting on the first day of the Autumn Term, you will be based in your "home" school.  You will be seen as a member of staff, quickly appreciating the workplace and seeing theory put into practice every day.  You will undertake training by staff in your "home" school as well as workshops and other activities with student teachers from across our Alliance of Schools.

When you are ready, you will start to take responsibility to deliver parts of lessons on your own.   The ITT programme will build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.  As you become more confident and competent you will take on greater responsibility until you are teaching full lessons.

How many school placements will there be?
You are required to teach in 2 schools during the course of the year.   The first placement (Autumn) and the third placement (Summer) are usually in the same school.   In the Spring term you wills pend time teaching in another school.  Our placement strategy is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for your teaching career.  During the programme you will spend time in a variety of schools and contexts including mainstream schools, special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and the Medical Needs Teaching Service.

What kind of assessments are there for Primary?
You will need to demonstrate that you meet the Teachers' Standards to achieve QTS.  You will also complete 3 academic assignments in order to achieve a PGCE.  These assignments are focused on your understanding of how children learn, your subject knoweldge accross the primary curriculum and your vision for education.

Skills Tests
The Department for Education have made changes to the skills tests following feedback from the teaching profession.  The press release is available online at hhtps://www.gov.uk/government/news/measures-announced-to-ensure-talented-trainees-get-into-teaching   
As of 14 February 2018, candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass.  This means that the 2-year lockout period will be removed and candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
Furthermore, from 14 February 2018 all candidates will be able to book three tests per subject, free of charge.  A charge will be applied from the fourth attempt per subject.
If candidates paid for and took a second and third attempt at a test on or after the 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, they will automatically receive a refund for the cost of the test.
The entry requirements to access training remain unchanged; candidates will still have to pass the skills tests prior to starting their Initial Teacher Training course.  These changes simply remove financial and administrative barriers.

School Direct
If you have just graduated or have less than 3 years' work experience, you could follow the Direct route. If you are offered a School Direct place you will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships, if appropriate. Once you have accepted your place you can make applications for tuition fee loans through Student Finance England. The cost of training for 2018 is £9250.

What support will I receive?
Throughout your year you will be supported by a well-trained mentor, the primary lead mentors and colleagues from HART of Yorkshire SCITT.

Primary Schools
Alwoodley Primary School
Bardsey Primary School
Corpus Christi Primary School
Farsley Springbank Primary School
Harehills Primary School
High Park School (Special)
Middleton Primary School
St. Bartholemew's Primary School
West SILC (Special)
Westroyd Primary School
East SILC John Jamieson (Special)
East SILC at Whitkirk Primary School
NW SILC at Rawdon St Peters Primary School (Special)
NW SILC at Brudenell Primary School (Special)
NW SILC at Pennyfields School (Special)