Routes into TeachingNTU Careers and PlacementsApril 20131
2Content of today’s session an outline of routes into teaching how and when to apply basic academic and personal requirements funding• other issues surrounding applications
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)To be awarded QTS by the Teaching Agency (TA) you must complete a periodof training known as initial teacher training (ITT)The routes for gaining this include: PGCE (university-based) School Direct (salaried and unsalaried) SCITT Teach First3
PGCE – University-based Postgraduate Certificate in Education – many offer credits at masters level Usually a 1 year, full-time course based in a University with substantial schoolplacements. Primary – a minimum of 18 weeks classroom-based training, secondary – aminimum of 24 weeks – usually in 2 schools.How to Apply Via the GTTR ( Graduate Teacher Training Registry)www.gttr.ac.uk>>>STOP PRESS<<<the GTTR is changing its name to UCAS – Teacher Training4
5When to apply – 2013 entry only Closing date 1st December for primary BUT GTTR sends applications to firstchoices early. (This year, from 1st November) Applications now closed for2013 entry. For primary, you have a choice of two institutions only For secondary, you have a choice of 4 institutions. GTTR will acceptapplications until 30th June, but training providers often fill their places early,particularly for competitive subjects such as PE, Art, History. Preference order You must leave time for your referees to email references to GTTR, who willattach to your form before you can submit it. There is no deferred entry system
2014 Entry UCAS teacher training application for School Direct as well as other coursescurrently via GTTR Applications will be submitted from 1 November, there will be no applicationdeadline. Initially 3 choices (Apply 1).These will be considered in parallel by theproviders rather than in preference order as with current applications. If unsuccessful in Apply 1, applicants will be able to make additional choicesfrom places still available. (Sequentially through Apply 2) The time for decisions to be made by providers will be reduced (but has notyet been finalised.)6
7Basic requirements for primary, a minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths,and a science subject. Be aware that a grade B may be requested by someproviders. for secondary, maths and English at minimum Grade C GCSE (orequivalent); there is no science requirement for secondary Individual institution qualification requirements at time of application areoutlined by the GTTR Some ITT providers offer equivalence tests The more work experience the better, but there is often a minimumrequirement.
8Degree requirements institutions will look for a detailed breakdown of your degree content for secondary, it is expected that at least 50% of your degree should bedirectly relevant to the subject you want to teach. Examples of how degreesubjects relate to the National Curriculum can be found at Teaching Agency– Teaching Secondary. for primary, some ITT providers prefer you to have a degree in a nationalcurriculum subject institutions must consider the full range of applicant achievement, not justtheir degree title or content if in doubt as to the acceptability of your degree contact the institution tocheck before applying
QTS skills tests English and Maths. (If training in England) Anyone applying for ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 must pass the skills testsbefore starting the course. Candidates need to apply for an ITT course and then sit the skills test, though you canbook your test date before making your application. See Teaching Agency –Professional Skills Tests Register to take skills test. Helpline is 0845 450 8867Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Use practice tests first. (see Teaching Agency–professional skills tests –literacy/numeracy test – practice materials) http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional - Can resit twice. (If you don’t pass after 3 attempts you would then have to wait 2 years.)
10Research It is important to investigate the subject area you wish to teach on the NationalCurriculum websitewww.education.gov.uk/schools/teaching And do your homework on the latest developments in education and around yoursubject e.g. behaviour management, phonics, literacy, SEND, national curriculumtests, assessmentTimes Educational Supplement (TES) – Friday, Guardian –Tuesday,Independent –Thursday BBC Education website www.bbc.co.uk/education Department for Education website www.education.gov.uk/ There are separate application procedures for teaching in Scotland and NorthernIreland (see relevant web sites)
11Personal skills and qualities enthusiasm, flexibility, resilience, confidence, warmth,honesty, objectivity…. listening skills, communication skills, effective timemanagement, organisational ability, ability to multi-task facilitating, inspiring, reflective, creative, imaginative, self-disciplined, hardworking …
12The issue for consideration …CommitmentThe PGCE is not just another course, it is a year of intenseprofessional training, with several block teaching practicesin school. You will need to think carefully about whetheryou can give it the necessary time and commitmentIs straight after degree the right time for you?It’s not a question of now or never
13Competition and tactical applications• Remember some institutions have more places than others (seeindividual entries on the GTTR/UCAS teacher training website)• Some subjects are more competitive than others• NTU Primary is intensely competitive. You will need to fulfil allrequirements at time of application and have relevant and preferably,ongoing work experience - for Primary a 2:1 often required• Some Secondary subjects are also particularly competitive – currentlyPE, English.
Bursaries and Incentives for those who train in 2013-2014Trainingbursary2013-14Physics 1Chemistry 1MathsModernLanguagesPrimarymathsspecialist 2Otherprioritysecondary 3and primaryComputerscienceTrainee withfirst£20,000 £20,000 £11,000 £9,000 £9,0002:1 £15,000 £15,000 £6,000 £4,000 £4,0002:2 £12,000 £12,000 £0 £0 £0Scholarship £20,000 0 0 0 £20,000
Bursaries and incentives1 Trainee teachers in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Computer science with a 2:1 or 1stare able to apply for scholarships worth £20,000. Trainees will have to go through acompetitive process and successful applicants would not be eligible for the standardDfE bursary. Those not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for thestandard bursaries in 2013/142 Trainees with a B or better in maths ‘A’ level on the new maths primary specialistcourses would receive an extra £2,000 bursary.3 Other priority secondary subjects - English, Geography, History, Computer science,Latin, Greek, Music, Biology, Physical EducationApplicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table onthe Teaching Agency website to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, orshould consult their chosen training provider.
School DirectLargely school-based training. Schools should have ‘the intention’ of employingthe trainee but this is not a guarantee.Available in primary and secondary and will lead to QTS and possibly PGCEApply through the School Direct portal on the Teaching Agency website.www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching The application is sent to the provider who sends it to the school. Schoolscan do additional advertising, so also look on school websites, press etc.Keep checking online at Teaching Agency School Direct for up to dateinformation. Tel 0800 389 2500Register –Teaching Agency - sign up. Do search of which schools still havevacancies16
School Direct (continued)Designed and delivered by the school and the ‘provider’(usually a University)Schools should have the intention to employ the trainee upon completion, butthis is not a guarantee.Schools bid to the Training agency for places and then decide which providerthey would like to work withThere are 2 separate training options:Non–salaried – aimed at high quality graduates. May be eligible for bursaryas with other routes.Salaried – aimed at high quality graduates with at least 3 years experience.Earn a salary whilst training.17
18SCITT – usually based at one school in a consortium while completingplacements at others Application to most SCITT partnerships is via GTTR (but theNottingham City Primary SCITT is an exception) Gives QTS but does not necessarily award a PGCE; you would needto check direct with each SCITT Often more suitable for candidates with relevant teaching or otherexperience of working with young people Some specifically cater for local needs Finance is the same as for PGCE
19Teach First Two-year leadership development programme based in challenging secondary schools 2:1 or above is normally required and 300 UCAS points (excluding General Studies) Combines QTS with a business internship and mentoringwww.teachfirst.org.uk Teach First is to double its size by the end of this parliament, expanding into primaryschools Competitive salary Candidates need to demonstrate relevant subject knowledge and the followingcompetencies:– Humility, respect and empathy, interaction, knowledge, leadership, planning andorganising, resilience, self-evaluation
20Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP)The last entry to this programme was in 2012
Making choices Some of the options may look similar Schools may shape the differences Ask questions re your support networks e.g. will there be opportunities to meetwith other chemistry trainees or will you be the only one? How many are theytraining this year? What level of support will you receive from your mentor? Will you gain a PGCE as well as QTS? Many will, but not all If you intend to work abroad, some countries require a PGCE in addition toQTS21
22Work experience (1)School experience is vital to help you: confirm your decision about your choice of teaching as acareer clarify your decision regarding the age group you wouldlike to teach gain understanding of the knowledge and skills requiredfor teaching (curriculum, environment, teaching styles,behavioural management, pastoral care etc) shine at interview!
23School experience (2) Students in Classrooms organises a range of schemes working inschools:www.ntu.ac.uk/studentsinclassrooms Good school experience often makes the difference between successand failure in securing a place on a QTS programme NTU volunteering - Initi8 - can offer voluntary work in schools You can set up your own placements and volunteering - easier with aCRB in place
24GTTR personal statement - your preparation Do your homework – research improves your chances of being accepted Know what teaching really involves Provide evidence of commitment Read the educational press Talk to teachers Be familiar with the curriculum of the age group you want to teach Draw on your experience of working with young people and children If your degree is not a National Curriculum subject, be prepared to make acase as to why it is relevant from the knowledge you have gained from theNational Curriculum website and from your teaching experience.
25Your GTTR personal statement – tips! remember the Admissions Tutor will be interested in all your activities andinterests in so far as you can relate them to teaching you have a limited amount of space - your content needs to be well written,relevant, concise and avoid any tired clichés make every sentence count be reflective and analytical regarding past experiences show how your skills and experiences are relevant to teaching – givingexamples show evidence of serious research be exceptionally careful with spelling and grammar For examples see University of Kent www.kent.ac.uk/careers
26The interview process all offers for PGCEs are made after an interview interview activities may involve a written test, presentation, group discussion,teaching a mini-lesson, a subject-specific practical exercise interviews vary but are often an intensive half a day for PGCE in languages - may be conducted (in part) in the language(s) youwish to teach for PE, it may involve taking part in a sports activity may include a group interview For more information regarding selection processes, see Prospectswww.prospects.ac.uk/teaching_education_sector.htm
27Useful links GTTRwww.gttr.ac.uk Teaching Agency – for School Direct, National Curriculum, Skills Testswww.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching Times Educational Supplementwww.tes.co.uk Department for Educationhttp://www.education.gov.uk
Your “to do” list between now and the end of OctoberSchool observationsis now a better time than September?www.education.gov.uk/teachsep Helpline: 0800 389 2500arrange through individual head teachersobserve actively and keep a reflective logarrange other work with children over the summer?Familiarise yourself with the Skills Testswww.education.gov.uk/teachskilltestsTake the Skills TestsResearch and identify likely coursesWrite your personal statementAttend relevant Careers workshops in October28