Primary East's Lead School, Stradbroke Primary, is working in partnership with SNITT in order to provide high quality teacher training which is locally available across North Suffolk and South Norfolk. Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training is a dynamic, high-quality teacher training provider which offers a school-based route into teaching. You receive the best school experience, placements are in highest quality schools plus you receive a salary while you are training.
School Direct Salaried, which we offer in partnership with SNITT, is an exciting and challenging Initial Teacher Training route which operates within the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk. The programme attracts a wide variety of graduates into the teaching profession, including those seeking a career change. Many, though not all, of those who train via this route already have significant school experience.
There are a number of specific reasons for choosing this particular route to train as a teacher:
School Direct Salaried (SDS) is an employment-based route into teaching supported by a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant.
You will spend four days each week working within your placement school and one day each week in central training (currently Thursday). Within your placement school you will gain further classroom experience by gradually taking over responsibility for additional lessons in the course of the year under the supervision of an experienced teacher. Your maximum timetable commitment in term three will be no greater than 13 hours per week. Your contract will be 0.7fte for 9.5 months and you will be paid at point one of the unqualified teacher scale.
Primary core and subject knowledge training takes place at Horringer Court Middle School (near Bury St Edmunds).
Suffolk & Norfolk SDS has developed a strong partnership with more than 100 high achieving schools across Norfolk and Suffolk. You will apply for an SDS place through our Lead School Stradbroke Primary and you will normally be placed within a consortium school which is linked to this Lead School and which is within reasonable travelling time of your home address (we aim for this to be one of our Primary East associated schools). In your application, you will have the opportunity to identify a specific school where you would like to undertake your training. You do not, however, have to have strong links with a school in order to apply.
'Primary and secondary trainees are confident practitioners with authority and presence in the classroom. Their lively and engaging teaching promotes pupils' and students' good behaviour and attitudes to learning.'
'Trainees use a good range of teaching approaches to gain pupils' and students' interest and to develop their understanding and skills. They have good subject knowledge which they use well in planning lessons and learning activities. Their professional attitudes and behaviour, and enthusiasm for teaching, are highly regarded in their schools.'
'The provider and the teachers it supplies, are held in very high regard across the region'
You need to have the GCSE qualifications before you apply.
Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points)
If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.
If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them well before the start of the course.
The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training. The employing school will arrange this with the trainee.
All Suffolk and Norfolk ITT programmes will require potential trainees to have some recent school experience. Normally, they should have completed at least 10 working days in a UK school within the age range or phase for which they intend to train.
To be eligible for primary SDS, candidates will need to have had three or more years of working life when applying. This experience may be in any career and does not have to be from an educational setting, but will often apply to the years following graduation. Schools will decide which skills and experience are important to them.
As a Lead School we will work together with SNITT in order to shortlist suitable candidates. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a task day at Norwich PDC. We will also invite you to a Lead School Interview. In addition to a formal interview, you will be asked to undertake an observed task working with pupils. You may also be asked to attend a possible placement school for an informal interview / meeting.
Use your personal statement to tell us why you wish to become a primary school teacher. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching indicating what you have learned from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.
These are designed to test:
This will include a formal interview (30 minutes) conducted by senior staff within the school who may be joined by a SNITT representative. You will also be asked to teach a 'mini-lesson' to a group of pupils in order to assess your ability to relate well to primary school children, communicate well with them and structure their learning.
We look forward to receiving your application!