Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the requirements for teacher training?
To be eligible for teacher training you will need GCSEs in English and Maths of level 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above. If you want to train as a primary teacher you will also need a GCSE Science level 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above.
In addition you will need a degree. We only accept applicants with at least an upper second class degree.
If your qualifications are from abroad you should apply to NARIC for a statement of comparability before you apply. This will confirm to us that your qualifications are of a comparable standard to UK qualifications. For further information and to apply for a statement of comparability please go to https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/Individuals/Compare%20Qualifications/Statement%20of%20Comparability.aspx
Functional Skills qualifications and Adult Numeracy and Literacy qualifications are not considered to be equivalent to GCSEs and we do not accept them.
We also do not accept the ESOL as an equivalent qualification.
We do accept the IELTS, but applicants need to have an overall result of at least 7.0 with none of the units graded below 6.5. The IELTS must have been completed within the last two years.
What if my qualifications are not equivalent to UK qualifications or I do not have a GCSE in English/Maths/Science?
You can complete something called a GCSE equivalency test. We would expect candidates to complete this before applying so that we can be sure that they meet the entry requirements. There are many providers who offer GCSE equivalency tests and which provider you use is up to you.
While not an essential requirement for teacher training, we recommend that all our candidates complete at least a couple of days of school experience before applying, ideally in a couple of different schools. This is to make sure that teaching is the right career for you and that you have chosen the right subject/phase of education (primary/secondary/post-16). This is particularly important if you are a career changer who maybe hasn’t been in a classroom environment for a long time.
All our secondary schools are signed up to the DfE’s school experience programme and school experience days can be booked via https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/Individuals/Compare%20Qualifications/Statement%20of%20Comparability.aspx
For experience in a primary school please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where will my placement school be?
Our core placement schools are spread from Scarborough in the North, down the east coast via Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea to Hull and Beverley and then south of the river Humber to Grimsby. Once you have secured a place on the course, we will ask you for your preference and while we cannot guarantee a place at a certain school we do consider where you live and other factors (whether you drive or not etc. and which school will best be able to support you through your training year). Not all placement schools are able to offer every subject every year as we can only place trainees where an experienced mentor is in the department.
What about the course fee?
The course fee is £9,250. You can take a tuition fee loan out from Student Finance England to cover the costs of this. In financial terms the teacher training course ins comparable to your undergraduate degree. To apply and for further information please go to https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance.
You will also be able to apply to Student Finance England for maintenance loans. Further information about eligibility can be found here https://www.ucas.com/student-finance-england/living-costs-full-time-students
Am I eligible for a bursary?
The list of subjects that are eligible for a bursary can be found here https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training
How do I apply for the bursary?
You do not need to apply for the bursary separately. Once you are formally enrolled on the course (after your first day of attendance) and we have confirmed your eligibility (we have received the original of your degree certificate) your bursary will be processed automatically.
When do I receive the first bursary payment?
Bursary payments are made in 10 equal instalments.
For those starting the course in September the first bursary payment will be made on 31 October, followed by 8 payments on the last day of the month. The final payment will be made on 17 July.
If you are starting the course in January you will receive the first payment on 31 January. Further payments are made on the last working day of the month in February, March, April, May, June, July, October, November and December. There are no bursary payments in August and September.
Information about Scholarships available can be found here https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training. These are awarded by external organisations whose conditions you will have to meet in order to qualify for their scholarships.
Information about the different scholarships available can be found here:
Institute of Physics https://www.iop.org/education/teach/itts/page_52632.html#gref
Institute of Mathematics https://ima.org.uk/support/mathematics-teacher-training-scholarship/
Royal Geographical Society https://www.rgs.org/schools/teacher-training-scholarships/
The Application Process
All applications are made via UCAS. To apply and for further information on the application process please go to https://www.ucas.com/postgraduate/teacher-training/ucas-teacher-training-apply-and-track
The Interview Process
What is involved in the interview process?
For our secondary candidates there is an interaction task with a class of students. You will be emailed this at the time you are invited to interview. The interaction can take any form you like, e.g. a game, a PowerPoint presentation etc. If you are using a PowerPoint presentation or any kind of electronic resources, you must email us these at least 24 hours before your interview. Memory sticks are not allowed in our partner schools.
Next you will be asked to complete a subject knowledge test (to test your subject knowledge at GCSE level) and 3 short papers to test your subject knowledge in Maths and English (arithmetic, grammar and writing). The subject knowledge required for these is at the level of a Year 6 student.
Finally, there is the formal interview. 20 minutes before the interview you will be given a little task to prepare. You will be given 5 minutes at the beginning of the interview to present this. This is a verbal presentation to the SCITT Director and your prospective subject tutor.
For our primary candidates there are 2 classroom based tasks, a short PSHE lesson delivered to a group of about 6 primary pupils. You will be told what year group these pupils will be at the time you are invited to interview, and an observation of your interaction with pupils while in the classroom with the teacher. You will be directed by the class teacher for this tasks.
In addition to that there will be 3 short written tests, arithmetic, grammar and writing. These are at the level of the KS2 SATs.
Finally there is the formal interview. This us usually conducted by our SCITT Primary Lead and a Headteacher from one of our primary partners.
I did not get an interview; can I appeal this decision?
For our appeals procedure please see here insert link. The best course of action is to ask for feedback why your application was rejected and then act upon this feedback.
Places on the course are allocated on a first come first served basis. Once a course is full all remaining applicants will be rejected. There is no right of appeal against this decision.
How is the course structured?
Our course structure is as follows (this is subject to change to accommodate the operational requirements of our partner schools):
Week 1: Core Training
Week 2: Induction week at your main placement school
Week 3: Core Training
Week 4: Subject Specialism Training
Week 5: Core Training
Week 6 - : Placement A phase 1
Week : Core Training
Week: Subject Specialism Training
Week: Core Training
Week - : Placement B
Week - : Placement A phase 2
Week: Placement C
Week: Preparation for your NQT year and graduation ceremony
On our primary course you will be in your placement school from day 1. Every Friday you will have core training sessions either at our training centre or in one of our partner primary schools. If you are doing the course part-time over two years you will need to work Fridays in your first year.
You will spend time at a contrasting primary school and also in another key stage. In addition to that you will be given the opportunity to experience EYFS, a pupil referral unit and a secondary school.
Where will the training take place?
Most of our core training will take place at our training hub at Sirius Academy North. For our secondary trainees your subject training will take place at the school where your subject tutor is based. Four our primary trainees the training sometimes takes place at the primary school where the trainer is based to make the most of the facilities/resources available at school. You will be given plenty of notice before the training year starts of where each training session will be so that you can get yourself organised.
What qualifications will I have at the end?
At the end of our course you will receive QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a PGCE.
The PGCE element of our course is delivered by the University of Hull. The PGCE consists of two written assignments. The tuition for these assignments will take place at our training hub. In addition you will be able to book individual or group tutorials with your University Tutor to receive advice on your assignments. You will be given access to the University’s Virtual Learning Platform and also receive a student card which you can use to access the library.
How am I assessed?
To gain QTS you need to provide evidence against the Teacher Standards. We will support you through this process. Your grading is made by using national descriptors following an assessment of your evidence. Throughout your training year your evidence is reviewed and you are guided in your selection of evidence to present.
All of our systems are online and accessible remotely to enable you to contribute to your files wherever you are.
Can I take holidays during the course?
Our course is a 44-week, term time only course. You will be able to take holidays during the school holidays. Leave of absence during term time will not be authorised.
Should you already have a holiday planned for the academic year that you are planning on starting your teacher training in, please talk to us at the latest at interview stage. Depending on the length of the holiday you may have to defer the start of your course.