Routes into teaching 2013


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    1. 1. Routes to Qualified Teacher Status A teacher education partnership between primary and secondary schools in Sussex and the University of Sussex
    2. 2. Routes into Teaching for Graduates PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education (90 M level credits) • full time comprehensive training divided between school & university resulting in academic & professional qualifications.
    3. 3. School Direct Routes School Direct (training) School based training often includes a PGCE with full time comprehensive training divided between school & university resulting in academic & professional qualifications (up to 90 M level credits). Candidates pay a tuition fee (via Student Loan Company) and may be eligible for bursaries, scholarships and student finance. This route can be similar to other PG routes such as a mainstream PGCE course.
    4. 4. School Direct Routes School Direct (salaried) Employment based – training full-time in a school with some training at the University. Directed at career changers with an expectation of at least three years’ prior work experience Trainee receives a salary (approximately £16K) Can be employed by the school for a full academic year QTS only – although a PGCE is possible in some cases. This route is similar to an older route known as GTP
    5. 5. Benefits for prospective teachers “School Direct offers the experience of a school from the start, making teaching a far less daunting prospect.” “You are able to embed yourself into the school more than you would on a traditional placement, and therefore build stronger relationships with pupils and teachers that will help to improve your teaching.” “This sense of belonging is something which underpins the School Direct experience. As a School Direct trainee I have access to the full spectrum of school life. At a basic level, this means that I attend meetings, assist with a form, perform duties, and teach classes. On a training level, however, this means that I have access to a whole range of opportunities for professional development which I can use to enhance my training experience and my future employability.”
    6. 6. Our partnership offers …
    7. 7. Entry Requirements • UK university UG degree or recognised equivalent. • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or equivalent. • School experience, enthusiasm, knowledge, resilience • You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service clearance application form to verify your suitability to work with young people. • You will be required to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests prior to applying. • Health Check – fitness to teach
    8. 8. How to Apply • Do your research – route, school and provider • Apply via ucas online ( • Complete an application form and identify referees • Apply 1 – From November - Three Choices simultaneous • Apply 2 – From January – remaining places sequentially • Face to face interview(s) and tasks • Conditional offers
    9. 9. Hints & Tips ... • Enthusiasm for subject – beyond degree. • Experience with children, schools, teaching e.g. working in a school, observation, Taster course. • Awareness of current educational issues (especially National Curriculum) • Strong organisational and communication skills • Imagination and a sense of humour
    10. 10. Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses • If subject degree focus does not match a course we/others provide enhancement courses in (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and MFL). • Courses can run from 4 weeks to 6 months. Courses can attract a bursary of approximately £200 a week (tax free)
    11. 11. Funding – 2013/14 (2014/15 TBC) 2013/14 bursaries, scholarships and school direct (salaried) funding Physics, Modern Primary Other priority Computer chemistry, languages maths secondary science 1 2 maths specialist and primary st Bursary - 1 £20,000 £20,000 £11,000 £9000 £9000 Bursary - 2.1 £15,000 £15,000 £6000 £4000 £4000 Bursary - 2.2 £12,000 £12,000 £0 £0 £0 Scholarship See note N/A N/A N/A See note below below 25% premium paid on the above bursaries/scholarships to school direct FSM premium trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals School direct £19,000 £19,000 £16,000 £14,000 £14,000 3 (salaried) – contribution paid to school/ITT provider 10% addition paid on the above funding for school direct (salaried) School direct trainees whose training is based (salaried) FSM Other priority secondary: English, Geography, History, Computerin a school where more than 35% of Science, Greek, Latin, music, biology, PE pupils are eligible for free school meals premium
    12. 12. What makes Sussex Distinctive? • A Historic Partnership - over 40 years University & Schools working as a Consortium – everyone is supportive and experienced. • For those who see teaching as a vocation and want to make a difference to children’s lives. • On-going professional development opportunities and contact after your training – most trainees go on to work with us as NQTs, complete their MEd and return as mentors supporting others. • High success rates in graduation, quality and employment
    13. 13. Where to find out more: DfE information see routes into teaching – Getting school experience – How to apply via UCAS Information on the Professional Skills Tests – nddevelopment/professional Further information on ITE at Sussex