Programmes

*** Applications for a September 2018 start (Secondary or Primary QTS ITT route) open via UCAS mid-October 2017 ***

*** Applications for the Assessment Only route are now OPEN ***

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) route to QTS (with PGCE)

A one year teacher training programme for outstanding candidates who aspire to make a difference to young people and their communities.

The YTCA SCITT is a partnership of schools in Yorkshire (Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance) which offers a school-centred initial teacher training programme.

Bespoke, personalised and enhanced provision is available from a diverse range of schools and outstanding classroom practitioners who exemplify the best in education in the 21st Century.

This practice-based element works alongside high quality ‘core content’ which will give you key tools as a reflective teacher, engaging with educational theory and subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy to create the best possible learning and teaching opportunities for your students.

Upon successful completion of the teacher training course, you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and have the opportunity to complete and be awarded the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Sheffield Hallam University, our university partner.

Our programme is centred round experiential learning-based teaching practice in our placement and partnership schools. During the year, this will be punctuated and enhanced by learning through ‘Hub’ sessions and PGCE work with Sheffield Hallam University (both based at the Training and Conference Centre, WF9 2UJ).

To give you an idea of how all of these elements combine to provide an excellent Initial Teacher Training programme to support you in your progression to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and your work towards the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), this is our 2016-17 programme outline:

Date/Week

Programme Focus

5th – 9th September 2016

Induction Week 1 – Hub

12th – 16th September 2016

Induction Week 2 – Hub

Placement 1 – Monday 19th September to Friday 16th December, 2016 (12 weeks)

Placement 1
50% timetable building to 60% timetable by half-term

Weekly meeting foci to include:

  • Behaviour management
  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • KS2 to KS3 transition (focus on Y7)
  • Links with SHU assignment 1
  • Subject knowledge development
  • Differentiation
  • Managing workload and strategies for efficiency

Hub training day every other week

Includes a handover morning/afternoon with Placement 2 school in last two weeks of placement

Formal review point one week from end of placement

Placement guidance: Fridays in-school are spent observing others, experience in Placement 1 feeder school(s) (KS2 focus); experience in Post-16 destination(s) for Placement 1 school

3rd – 6th January 2017

Hub training Including at least one subject day
Friday: SHU day

Placement 2 – Monday 9th January to Friday 10th March, 2017 (8 weeks)

Placement 2
60% timetable

Weekly meeting foci to include:

  • Behaviour management
  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • KS2 to KS3 transition; KS4 to KS5 transition
  • Links with SHU assignment 2
  • Subject knowledge development
  • Differentiation (including challenging the most able)
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Managing workload and strategies for efficiency

Hub training day every other week (Friday 20th January and Friday 3rd March SHU days)

Includes a handover morning/afternoon with Final Placement school during last week of placement

Formal review point one week from end of placement

Includes 2-5 days of ‘enhanced placement’ during the term, to include KS2/KS5 experience and SEND/EAL

Trainees take the February half-term of their Placement School

Trainees take the Easter Holiday of their Final Placement school

Final Placement – Monday 13th March – Friday 23rd June, 2017 (12 weeks)

Final Placement
60% timetable building to 70% timetable by Easter Holiday

Weekly meeting foci to include:

  • Behaviour management
  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • KS2 to KS3 transition; KS4 to KS5 transition
  • Links with SHU assignment 2
  • Subject knowledge development
  • Differentiation (including challenging the most able)
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Preparing for NQT, including managing workload and strategies for efficiency

Hub training days every other week

Final Assessment in last two-three weeks of placement

Friday 23rd June 2017

End of Final Placement and End of Course (includes celebration event)

Assessment Only route to QTS

An assessment programme for outstanding candidates who already have experience of teaching in at least two educational settings who are seeking QTS. This route takes a maximum of 12 weeks to complete.

What happens on this route?

As the name suggests, this route to Qualified Teacher Status includes your assessment for the recommendation of the QTS award only. As such, there is no training element to this route as candidates on this route are already able to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards from the evidence from their experience prior to application.

You’ll be assessed in one educational setting (usually the school in which you are currently working though we can support you with finding a setting in which to be assessed, if needed) and you will have up to three assessment visits (approximately one every 4 weeks, if your assessment is due to take 12 weeks) from your YTCA SCITT Assessor, who will also be your named support colleague during your time on the YTCA SCITT Assessment Only route. Your assessment will include: lesson observations from your YTCA SCITT Assessor; lesson observations from in-school colleagues; a ‘reflective Portfolio’ in which you present your evidence for the Teachers’ Standards and also demonstrate your skills as a reflective practitioner.

Prior to your assessment period commencing, you will have an ‘induction meeting’ with a colleague from the YTCA SCITT team to ensure that you are as fully prepared as possible to demonstrate your evidence and excellence for the award of QTS.

How do I know if this is the route for me?

If you have substantial (usually at least two years) teaching experience in at least two different educational settings and can demonstrate that you already meet the Teachers’ Standards, then the YTCA SCITT Assessment Only route could be for you. This route does not include any training.

You will also need to be able to demonstrate that you meet all of entry requirements for Initial Teacher Training before commencing your Assessment Only with us:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification;
  • GCSEs (or Level 2 qualification equivalent) at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for new GCSEs awarded from Summer 2017 onwards) in English and Maths (plus Science, if you are applying for Primary);
  • That you have been cleared as ‘fit to practice’ through a Health Questionnaire;
  • That you have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy;
  • That you hold a current Enhanced DBS clearance and are subscribed to the Update Service OR that you are cleared for an Enhanced DBS before starting your Assessment Only.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss your options before applying for our Assessment Only or ITT routes.

Contact Rebecca Turner-Loisel (Executive Lead)
Email: ytca@minsthorpe.cc
Phone: 01977 657604
Address: Training and Conference Centre, Minsthorpe Community College, Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall WF9 2UJ