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How to apply

In the first instance, please contact us for an informal discussion about your plans to train to teach. We can then offer you a half-day tailored to your requirements:

  • To discuss what we can offer during your training year
  • To spend time in the school environment observing teachers and students
  • To help set up a ‘school experience’ week
  • To ask all those questions that may influence your decision

If you are lacking in school experience, you should consider a place on the School Experience Programme run by the Department for Education. Again, contact us if you want to discuss this further.

You will need to register and apply using the UCAS Teacher Training portal. UCAS manages the applications to all postgraduate teacher training routes.

Applications are checked by schools in the Haybridge Alliance SCITT to make sure that necessary selection criteria are met before shortlisting is undertaken. We request two references – one of which must be an academic reference from your university. We are interested in references from your university, employers, and teaching staff from the school where you completed your ‘school experience’.

We will then organise interviews as necessary with the final decision on offers being made by the school.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Mathematics (or recognised equivalents)
  • All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree, normally with a degree classification of 2:2 or higher, or a recognised equivalent international qualification certified by NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre). For Secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see at least 50% of your first degree relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree. Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for Fitness to Teach, and applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.

Applying for Initial Teacher Training

The Department for Education came to Haybridge to make this short film with our trainees about applying for school-based training.

Tuition Fees

Postgraduate PGCE and QTS Initial Teacher Training Full Time – £9,250

Postgraduate PGCE and QTS Initial Teacher Training Part Time – £4,625 per year

Postgraduate QTS Only Initial Teacher Training Full Time – £8,500

Postgraduate QTS Only Initial Teacher Training Part Time – £4,250 per year

Postgraduate Assessment Only Initial Teacher Training Full time – £8,500

You may be eligible for a student loan. Students from the United Kingdom you can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant and a maintenance loan.

Funding and Bursaries

You may be able to apply for generous, tax-free funding, which is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a bursary of up to £24,000 or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Chemistry, Languages, Mathematics and Physics trainees will receive three additional early-career payments of £2000 each (or £3000 each if teaching in specified areas of England) in their second, third and fourth year of teaching , if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits.

Teachers of some shortage subjects can apply for a reimbursement on their student loan payments for up to 10 academic years following the year of their qualified teacher status (QTS) award. For further information, visit Teachers’ student loan reimbursement: guidance for teachers and schools; the guidance sets out full eligibility criteria, payment rates and the application process.

The prestigious maths scholarship scheme is aimed at high-quality mathematicians who are passionate about maths and numeracy. Successful applicants must have secured a Department for Education (DfE) allocated ITT training place that leads to achieved QTS status by September 2019 to be awarded a maths scholarship. Applicants also need a 2:1 (or predicted) degree, candidates with a 2:2 (or predicted) degree may be considered if they can demonstrate relevant experience. We also welcome applications from SKE applicants. A lucrative financial package worth at least £32,000 is available for successful applicants. As well as financial benefits, successful scholars will also receive additional support to enhance their subject knowledge, gain access to high-quality professional development resources and membership for 2 years of a range of mathematical professional bodies, including the IMA.

Selection Process

We offer an intensive training year which demands your full-time commitment. Our rigorous interview and selection process will help us decide whether you should train with us, and also help you decide if teaching is the career for you.

Subject Interview
This will focus on your subject knowledge together with your ability to engage and inspire.

 

Lesson Observation
This will give you an opportunity to observe a lesson.

Presentation
You will be required to undertake a 10-minute presentation on “How to be an outstanding teacher”.

Formal Interview
This interview will be with the SCITT Director for Secondary applicants and with a Primary School representative for Primary applicants. The interview will evaluate your rationale for wanting to become a teacher and your suitability to carry out the role.

Teaching Activity
Applicants will undertake a 30-minute teaching activity. You will be asked to prepare a topic to present to the students. This will evaluate your ability to facilitate students’ interaction with you and each other.

Written Task and Mathematics Task

In accordance with the DfE guidelines we will need to ensure that you have the necessary skills in Mathematics and English to become a teacher by the end of your training year.

You will be expected to demonstrate competence in range of subjects throughout your course:

  • Speaking, listening and communicating are fundamental to a teacher’s role. Teachers should use standard English grammar, clear pronunciation and vocabulary relevant to the situation to convey instructions, questions, information, concepts and ideas with clarity. Teachers should read fluently and with good understanding.
  • Writing by teachers will be seen by colleagues, pupils and parents and, as such, it is important that a teacher’s writing reflects the high standards of accuracy their professional role demands. They should write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Teachers should use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends and draw appropriate conclusions. They need to interpret pupil data and understand statistics and graphs in the news, academic reports and relevant papers.
  • Teachers should be able to complete Mathematical calculations fluently with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. They should be able to solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches including estimating and rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems into simpler steps and explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language.

Trainees and students are responsible for securing the required fundamental English and Mathematics skills. Haybridge Alliance SCITT will support both trainees and students in this process and it is the SCITT’s duty to ensure the trainee can demonstrate competence.

The process for assessing your skills will start at the interview stage and it is important that you begin to develop your confidence and competence in these skills prior to the start of the course.

Skills Being Tested
During the course of the day we are assessing a range of skills via different tasks.

The skills being assessed through individual tasks are indicated in the table below. Each ‘x’ will be replaced by a score from 1-4 upon completion of each task (1 being the highest score). Scores will be examined as part of the decision making process and will be used to identify areas where candidates being offered a place on the programme may need additional support.

ActivitySkills Being Tested     
Time Management and OrganisationInteraction with StudentsSubject KnowledgeResilience and FlexibilityArticulacyCore Skills
Lesson ObservationXX
Written TaskXXX
MathematicsXX
PresentationXXX
Teaching TaskXXXXXX
Subject Knowledge InterviewXX
Formal InterviewXXX

Hear the stories from the people who chose Haybridge Alliance SCITT

Why should trainee teachers or schools choose Haybridge Teaching Alliance? Hear from real people and their stories on how Haybridge Alliance SCITT has helped them in their teaching career.

Training with Haybridge Alliance SCITT has been life changing. It has given me access to the very best advice, support and teaching practice to enable me to develop as both an individual and a teacher.

During my placements, both of my assigned mentors went above and beyond to make sure that my experience was as beneficial, yet at the same time challenging as possible. The knowledge and expertise shared by both the SCITT staff and the staff within placement schools has been invaluable and has undoubtedly helped me to develop on my journey to becoming a teacher.

Steven
English trainee

So far, I have learnt a lot on this programme and I am really enjoying learning how to teach to the best of my ability. The support on the course has been exceptional. I know I can ask for advice on anything in school and I will get good guidance. Completing the Paid Mathematics and Physics Internship was a great experience for me. It gave me a month in the educational environment and really made my mind up that I wanted to go into teaching. Without completing that, I feel I would not have enrolled on this course.

Toby
Mathematics Trainee

I chose Haybridge Alliance SCITT because I wanted to gain hands-on experience in an outstanding school where I can learn how to teach. The programme is challenging but also very rewarding.

The Monday professional sessions are of high quality and were designed to complement the practical modules. I really feel more confident and passionate about becoming a teacher than ever before. The support of mentors and staff is phenomenal.

Abdoul
Computing Trainee

I would recommend Haybridge Alliance SCITT 100% today, tomorrow and forever. This journey into becoming a teacher would not have been a success for me without their dedication. Every push and all feedback that came my way from the SCITT was essential to master the art of teaching. Haybridge Alliance SCITT has provided me with the most exceptional environment, which a trainee teacher needs to exceed.

Darpan
Computing Trainee

Everyone has been really supportive, positive and reassuring. It has been good to be back at Haybridge – now as a trainee, rather than a student! The year has been very rewarding and engaging.

It has been full of content with lots of lessons to learn, but also truly inspiring and an excellent platform to start my teaching career. Thank you for all your help.

Chloe
Primary Trainee

I would highly recommend Haybridge Alliance SCITT as a training provider. The support and encouragement has been immense, in particular from the SCITT team and teaching staff. The subject-specific mentors based at Haybridge have been incredible at imparting their knowledge and providing guidance and I am extremely grateful to them all!

Lauren
Biology Part Time Trainee

Teacher training is a very rewarding, but at times very difficult journey. The team at Haybridge Alliance SCITT understand that it can be difficult and have been very supportive at the times when the going has been tough and for this I would definitely recommend then. I’m glad I decided to go with Haybridge as I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot more teaching than I would if I’d picked [a university route].

Nick
History Trainee

Love, love, love this course! The support from the SCITT team is incredible, really outstanding. Learning to teach straight away and teaching almost immediately was such a benefit. The students only see you as their teacher and you can take it at your own pace.

I am so happy that I chose to go down the SCITT route as I have loved every minute of it and would recommend it to anyone looking to do a teaching course.

Pippa
Music Trainee
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