Myths about Initial Teacher Training

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Myth: “I’ll get thrown in the deep end, teaching classes by myself early on.”

Fact: You are part of a team from the start and receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. You won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you are ready. Your timetable will be gradually increased to match your confidence and competence. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees.

Myth: “I’ll only train in one school – I want something broader than this.”

Fact: To become a qualified teacher, you have to take training placements in two schools. Trainees will train in at least two schools – and you will get time in other schools too to ensure you have a wide range of understanding about different educational provision on offer.

Myth: “There’s no academic or theoretical training. I won’t get a PGCE.”

Fact: You will spend plenty of time in academic training, comparable to the university-led route. Our course leads on the PGCertEd is a post graduate certificate at Masters level (7) to enable theory to be entwined within the practice, as well as your qualified teacher status (QTS).

Myth: “Don’t most people just go to university to do teacher training?”

Fact: School-led routes into teaching have been around for many years, we have been leading school led provision for over 10 very successful years. We have high rates of trainee satisfaction, outcomes and employment.

Myth: “I won’t receive the same level of financial support that I would following a university-led path to teaching.”

Fact: School-led financial support is the same as for the traditional university-led path. There is also, unique to the school-led route, a salaried scheme called School Direct (salaried).

Myth: “I’m not sure whether School Direct is for people thinking of switching career.”

Fact: We have many trainees each year who are changing career, from all different backgrounds and ages. People with three or more years of work experience can apply for the School Direct (salaried) programme, on which you are paid a salary while you train, though you won’t qualify for a bursary. However, you can also apply to the standard School Direct training programme, for which training bursaries are available.

Myth: “School Direct is the same as Teach First.”

Fact: School Direct is absolutely different from Teach First! Your applications come through UCAS and you can be involved in the choice of school in which you are placed. You are not expected to teach a full timetable from day one, by yourself! You are gradually eased into the programme, with ongoing support within the classroom throughout the course.

Myth: “SCITTs are the same as School Direct.”

Fact: SCITTs are schools which have been given government approval to run their own training courses. They can be searched for under ‘SCITT programme’ on UCAS. As a SCITT we are also part of a Teaching School which leads school direct, which is why we have so many codes! The key thing is to remember all of our courses follow exactly the same structure – the only difference is the UCAS Provider Code!!