Why should I train to teach with the Coventry SCITT?

The Coventry SCITT passionately believes that all children in Coventry deserve to make better than expected progress and are taught by outstanding teachers. The aim of our teacher training programme is to give trainees the fundamental skills, knowledge and experiences required to become well rounded practitioners. The Coventry SCITT is a collaborative and cohesive organisation, where schools work closely to provide an enriching training experience. As a trainee you will be immersed in to a school environment where you will have first- hand experience of impacting the futures of children’s lives.

What qualifications do I need?

There are some basic eligibility requirements that you must have to enable you to train to teach. These are:

  • GCSEs in English and maths at grade C or above. If you want to train as a primary school teacher, a grade C or above in science is also required
  • NARIC equivalents or equivalency tests in place of GCSEs
  • An undergraduate degree at a 2:2 or above. The degree must have been awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Passes in both the numeracy and literacy skills tests

I want to apply for a salaried place. How much experience do I need?

With the salaried route in to teaching, you’ll be teaching in the classroom much more quickly. We are therefore looking for trainees who already have substantial experience delivering and supporting in the classroom. We look for a minimum of one year’s experience by the time you start your training.

How much experience do I need for an unsalaried place?

Ideally we want you to have as much experience as possible, but this route is available to enable those with limited experience to get in to teacher training. We would look for at least a few weeks of experience in a classroom setting or working with children/ young people.

I don’t have any school experience. Can I apply?

Applications are marked using a points system. We do accept applications where the individual has limited or no experience, however they will be scored lower than an applicant who has school experience. We would therefore encourage applicants to get as much experience as possible to ensure your application is a strong one.

My degree is not in the subject I want to teach. Can I apply?

Yes, although you might be asked to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting your ITT course with us.  We might also ask you to participate in some tests to ascertain your knowledge starting point.

I haven’t passed my degree yet. Can I still apply?

Yes. If you are offered a place to train to teach with us, it will be subject to achieving a 2:2 or above in your degree by the time the training programme starts.

I am retaking my GCSEs. Can I still apply?

Yes. If you are offered a place to train to teach with us, it will be subject to achieving a grade C or above in the GCSE by the time the training programme starts.

Do I need to have passed my skills tests before applying?

All trainees are required to complete a professional skills test to assess their core skills in numeracy and literacy.  We do not require this before applying, but if you are offered a place, we will ask you to book a test date within one month of an offer being made.

Trainees should book their skills test online with Learn Direct.

I’m an EU national. Are my qualifications eligible?

We do accept applications from EU nationals but you will need to apply for a Statement of Comparability from the UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC.)

I’m a non-EU national. Are my qualifications eligible?

We do accept applications from non-EU nationals but you will need to apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC. You will also need to provide evidence that you are eligible to live and work in the UK.

What qualification do I receive at the end of the course?

The Coventry SCITT will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be awarded a PGCE and have 60 Masters credits that can be used towards obtaining a Masters’ degree.

Will I be a qualified teacher at the end of the course?

On successful completion of the course, the Coventry SCITT will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This recommendation is made to the National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL), the organisation who agrees QTS. They will update the database of qualified teachers.

What subjects do you offer?

Please refer to the following section for information on the subjects we offer:

http://www.coventryscitt.org.uk/subjects-and-places/

How do I apply?

Applications can be made via UCAS. (https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/ucas-teacher-training-apply-and-track) You will need to search for Sidney Stringer Academy, the lead school for the Coventry SCITT.

What is the provider code on UCAS?

The provider code is 18K.

Do you have any vacancies left?

All courses that currently have spaces available on them, can be found on the UCAS website.

What is the application process?

We review all applications we receive from UCAS.  Candidates that pass this stage will be invited to attend an interview and teaching observation.

What’s the recruitment and selection process?

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to interview with the Coventry SCITT. We aim to give you five days of notice, although sometimes we may ask you to come for interview in a shorter timescale.

You will be asked to undertake a short literacy task, participate in a 30-minute interview and deliver a 30-minute session to a group of pupils. Candidates are marked using a scaled system. Following the interview, you will be contacted by a member of the SCITT team who will provide you will feedback on your performance.

If I’m offered a place, what happens next?

You will be offered a place on UCAS. This place may be conditional, based on your provision of evidence relating to qualifications, successful completion of the skills tests and/or evidence of your right to live and work in the UK.

You have ten working days from the point of receiving all your offers to make a choice.  A formal offer letter will be sent to you, which will outline what information/ evidence you need to provide us with and the schools that are offering the subject/phase you wish to train to teach in.

Do I get to choose my placement school?

Unlike other HEI providers, we aim to involve trainees in the decision making process around their choice of school placement. You will be asked to visit the schools offering the subject/ phase you wish to train to teach in and then provide us with your top three choices. We can’t guarantee a placement here, but we aim to try

What pre-employment checks do you do?

All trainees will be required to have a criminal records check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This will also include information held on the DBS children and adults barred lists, together with any information held by police forces considered relevant to the applied for post. The cost of a DBS for tuition fee trainees is £44.

If you have lived or worked outside of the UK for more than six months in the past five years, you will be required to provide a Certificate of good conduct. The process of applying for this certificate varies between countries. We suggest you contact the appropriate Foreign Embassy in this country, the British Embassy in the country you lived, or the local police force where you lived whilst abroad. You will need to ask for the certificate to be provided in English or provide us with a certified translation of the certificate.

You will also be required to complete a Pre-Employment Questionnaire, which we will use to ensure you are properly supported whilst training with us. We may ask you to meet with a representative from Occupational Health, to further explore any support you may require.

How much does this course cost?

If you are offered a tuition fee training route, then our fees are £9000. These fees are due in three equal instalments over the training year. If the fees are being paid for by Student Finance England, they will release these payments to us on your behalf. If you are paying these fees privately, you will be required to agree to a payment schedule. Salaried trainees do not pay tuition fees.

How do I get paid?

If you are a salaried trainee, then your placement school will cover the cost of your training year. They will pay you on unqualified teacher point 1, which is approximately £16,500 per annum. You will receive monthly salary payments.

If you are an unsalaried trainee, then you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship to support you financially in your training year. More information about this can be found on the Get in to Teaching website.(Insert link.)

For those unsalaried trainees eligible for a bursary or scholarship, you will be paid ten equal monthly payments, between October and July of your training year. Where bursaries and scholarships are higher, you will receive two larger salary payments over the course of the year. A payment schedule will be provided to you on commencement of your training year.

What other financial support is available to me?

Tuition fee and maintenance support is available, dependent on your status as a home, EU or non EU trainee. For more information, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/postgraduate-loans

What happens at the end of the course? Will I get a job?

The Coventry SCITT was set up by schools in Coventry, to support the training and retention of high quality teachers for schools in Coventry. We will provide trainees with recruitment and selection training to support you to get a job by the end of the training year.

Our SCITT has a large number of schools in it and we will ensure that our trainees are known to these schools when they are looking to recruit NQTs. We will endeavour to support you to get a job, but we cannot guarantee a job will be available.