If you want to gain QTS through a practical, ‘hands-on’, school-based route, the Educate Teacher Training programme is for you. Educate is a large SCITT provider, with a long-standing reputation for successful Primary and Secondary QTS programmes based in varied and diverse partner schools.
You have the unique opportunity to train in a school near to where you live and regularly meet with other trainees through regional training hubs. Successful applicants to the QTS programme also gain a PGCE (60 Master’s credits), validated by Leeds Beckett University, as part of a framework which directly applies theory to practice. Trainees enjoy the advantage of an ‘on the job’ experience, where the realities of life as a teacher are fully explored and understood.
The majority of time is spent in a base school, where trainees are supported by expert practitioners, individual mentors and a personal Link Tutor to meet the Teachers’ Standards. ‘Programme leaders are highly sensitive to the well-being of their trainees. They ensure that they provide timely and appropriate support to those trainees whose personal circumstances require it. Trainees appreciate this support’ (Ofsted, 2018). Training sessions on specific subject knowledge and general classroom practice, supplement the incomparable first-hand experience which is gained from being the member of a school community for a year.
A range of contrasting placements means that trainees gain a rich appreciation of comparable age ranges, curriculum expectations, teaching strategies, inclusion, diversity and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Employment rates following this programme are consistently high.