School Direct Initial Teacher Training 2018-2019 (ITT)

Prince Bishops Community Primary School works in partnership with High Force Education SCITT to offer an exciting and innovative School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme.

  • Trainees will study at High Force Education SCITT
  • Trainees will be placed in good and outstanding partner schools    
  • Trainees will have opportunities to gain employment at a partnership school
  • Training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges
  • Trainees will pay fees but  might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships
  • The training programme is tailored towards teaching in the local area
  • The SCITT and its partner schools provides a practical, hands-on teacher training programme, taught and supported by experienced, practising teachers

The Durham Teaching School Alliance                

Prince Bishops Community Primary School and Etherley Lane Nursery School are both judged outstanding by Ofsted and are the two 'lead' schools of the Durham Teaching Schools Alliance. The two lead schools work collaboratively with a further 5 strategic lead schools and strategic partners to provide and deliver a wider range of bespoke and innovative training to practitioners from across the local authority. The teaching school alliance is made up of more than 60 schools including: nursery, infant, junior, primary as well as secondary and special schools. As part of the School Direct programme trainee teachers will be placed in a range of good and outstanding primary schools from the alliance to gain a broad and balanced experience with highly skilled practitioners.

We offer a general primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education validated by the University of Northumbria. On successful completion of the programme trainees are awarded Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Master level credits.

The School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme delivered by High Force Education has been developed with input from the Headteachers of its partnership schools, creating a 42 week full time course. The programme is designed to be relevant to the demands of the modern classroom and leads to enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning.

High Force Education SCITT

High Force Education was established in 2002 and has continued to develop and strengthen its partnership to meet the ever changing demands of education. There are a wealth of experienced mentors and tutors to offer trainee teachers the support and guidance during this intensive course.The centre based training elements are delivered by practising teachers who are able to share with trainees the very real demands, challenges and joys of primary teaching today.High Force Education has undergone three OFSTED inspections and has continuously been recognised as an outstanding provider.   

Entry Requirements

All candidates are required to have, or are expected to gain:

- A good degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution of 2.2 or above

- GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above

- 2 A levels or equivalent

Applicants must be a graduate with a minimum of a 2.2 degree although applicants with a 2.1 or 1st class degree will be seen as more desirable. Graduates will need to be able to demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. Applicants can apply from any degree subject discipline; however applicants will need to demonstrate how the skills, knowledge and understanding developed within the degree are applicable to primary teaching. Applicants who are currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place if successful on interview until the grade can be confirmed.

Applicants must have passed the English and mathematics skills test before commencing the course.School Direct training is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may be eligible to receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.


Applicants must have:

-Experience within the past 2 years of working with children in school or other settings.

- An informed professional reference to support the work experience.

- A reference containing a strong recommendation that they are suitable to train as a primary school teacher.

In addition to the academic qualifications we will consider the full range of knowledge, skills and prior experiences of every application in judging whether the applicant is capable of meeting the requirements.

Personal Attributes

Applicants must articulate a clear and appropriate reason for wanting to teach children

- Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching

- Demonstrate openness to learning and self- development

- Demonstrate a desire and passion to teach young children

- Demonstrate the correct use of standard English

-It is essential that all applicants gain some insight into what is involved in being a teacher, this does not have to be paid work in a school it could be in an informal environment such as brownies, sport coaching or summer school.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed, the following DfE Requirements must be met.

All candidates must:

- Meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach

- Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring enhanced disclosure check

- Have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required DfE Teachers' Standards

- Communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English

- Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher

- Have passed the professional skills tests in English and mathematics prior to the start of the programme

We are looking for:

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate a genuine desire to work with children and make a difference in their lives. Candidates should be confident, creative and inspire effort and trust in their pupils. Candidates will demonstrate a strong desire to teach at an outstanding level and continually improve and develop as a practitioner. They must have the ability to deal with a heavy workload; be able to meet deadlines and enjoy working as part of a team.

Selection of Trainees:

Candidates who meet all of the entry requirements will be invited to interview.

The assessment day is a full day and will be based in one of the Lead Schools. A number of different tasks will be completed during the day.

The assessment day includes:

- a group task

- a teaching activity with a group of up to 6 children

- a short writing task

- a maths task

- delivery of a short teaching input

- interview with set questions

The interview panel will usually consist of a Headteacher from a Lead School, the Training Manager of High Force Education and a school based tutor.

The interview panel will consider:

- The applicant's commitment to and suitability for teaching

- The passion and drive to teach at an outstanding level

- The ability to be creative and reflective

- Experience of working with children

- Knowledge and understanding of the expectations and responsibilities placed on a teacher

- Commitment to training for QTS

- The ability to establish effective relationships with pupils and colleagues

- Knowledge of current educational topics

- Appropriate attitudes, qualities, values and beliefs

Course Aims:

Durham Teaching School Alliance schools and High Force Education aim to produce confident, skilled, enthusiastic and innovative practitioners able to teach the age range from 5 to 11. By the end of the course, trainees will have good ICT skills and either a specialist knowledge of Mathematics or ICT to prepare them for subject leadership or specialist knowledge of the Early Years phase. Trainees will be trained in the effective teaching of Core and Foundation subjects, the wider curriculum and other educational issues.

School Direct trainees will be based at one of the lead schools or an alliance school and will have the opportunity to work in at least two settings.

Course Structure:

The course structure provides in-school teaching practice and time in the 'Central Study and Support Area' based in Green Lane CE Primary School, Barnard Castle. The training programme has been carefully developed and is continuously reviewed by Headteachers and trainers from the partnership schools, creating a 42 week full time course. The programme is designed to provide all trainees with 80 days of high quality professional development. These sessions provide opportunities to participate as part of a professional learning community. Trainees gain insight into the subject knowledge of the National Curriculum and the wider pedagogical and social theories around education. Each session is led by an outstanding practitioner. Sessions are personalised to the specific training needs and preferences of trainees. Part of the assessment process involves three written assignments on specific aspects of teaching and learning. In addition to the professional development package, the programme is designed to provide 24 weeks of classroom practice. Each practice provides a supportive environment enabling trainees to develop confidence in the classroom, observe good practice, carry out focused case studies and engage in professional dialogue with a range of educational practitioners. Trainees will be assigned a professional tutor who is the headteacher of one of the partnership schools and an in- school mentor who will supervise and support trainees throughout each practice.

How to apply:

All applications for ITT are made on line using UCAS

UCAS stands for the 'Universities and Colleges Admissions Service'. UCAS aims to help students make informed choices that are right for them, guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process. Today, UCAS processes over 2.5 million applications every year, for some 650,000 prospective students across the UK and beyond: helping them gain access to more than 340 UK universities and colleges. UCAS also runs several specialist application services – UTT (UCAS Teacher Training), UKPASS (UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service) and CUKAS (Conservatoires UK Admissions Service).


Further Information about High Force Education SCITT

Gemma Firmin, Programme Manager

Tel: 01833 690298

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