Courses

There are a number of different ways you can get into teaching and much will depend on your individual circumstances and previous experience.

School-centred training:

Little can beat training in real-life work environments where you observe and learn best practice from peers while you study. School-based training meets all qualified teacher status (QTS) requirements. At SAF Pilgrim Partnership, we offer School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct Training (both Tuition Fee and Salaried routes).

PGCE route:

At The Pilgrim Partnership, we offer a PGCE on all School Direct (Tuition Fee) and SCITT routes.

Primary
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SCITT Training Programme (Tuition Fee)
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Working in tandem with schools in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, we’re looking to train the next generation of primary teachers and future primary school leaders.

The SCITT programme is essentially an apprenticeship model of teacher training. It is distinctive from more traditional routes in that rather than spending the most part at university or college and only getting to experience a number of teaching practice placements while studying, trainees spend around two thirds of their time in schools. They only really come together at professional development sessions (academic lectures and workshops) at the central study facilities at Great Ouse Primary Academy. This greater emphasis on school-based learning combined with centre-based training equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the key aspects required to be an effective teacher.

It is hoped that during training you’ll form very close attachments to your schools, their staff and, in particular, the person nominated to be your Mentor Assessor. You will emerge from this training with highly developed practical skills and, in our experience, a deeper understanding of schools and how they’re organised than you might have had if you had been ‘loaned’ to schools from a Higher Education Institution (HEI).

The majority of your school experience will take place in your partner school, though you will undertake an extensive programme of context-based learning in a small group of trainees in a base school. In the case of middle and nursery schools, they cannot by themselves offer the full age range of children required for your training so if your partnership school is a middle or a nursery school it will be ‘twinned’ with a lower school in order that you have access to the appropriate age range of children.

How much will it cost?

This route is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. You would be required to pay tuition fees of £9,000 and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), or a scholarship dependent on the training subject and degree class.

Overseas candidates

We welcome candidates who’ve studied outside the UK but you’ll need to check first with NARIC to establish if your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs, A levels or an undergraduate degree.

Primary candidates must have:

• A degree classified as a second class lower division (2.ii) or above
• GCSEs, or equivalent qualifications, in English, mathematics and science at grade C or above
• Some experience of working with young children and the ability to work as part of a team
• We welcome applications from good quality candidates with third class degrees but first contact Jackie.atkin@pilgrim-partnership.org.uk before making an application

What other requirements are there?

• You’ll need to have passed the professional skills test
• You’ll need to provide two references
• Your personal statement
• A minimum of two weeks prior classroom experience is desirable
• You need to be medically fit
• You need to disclose any criminal convictions
• Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) about compliance

How do you apply?

All applications for entry onto any of our teacher training routes must be made through UCAS teacher training.

Financing your studies

We charge tuition fees for the SCITT programme† route. Some trainees may be eligible for a bursary while tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and maintenance grants are all available through the Student Loans Company.

† Student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships are not available to salaried trainees.

Where will you be training?

It will largely depend on what age group you want to teach but we have schools and academies located throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes where you will be doing your practical work.

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School Direct Training Programme (Tuition Fee)
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Working in tandem with schools in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, we’re looking to train the next generation of primary teachers and future primary school leaders.

School Direct Training programmes are an innovative new teacher training programme where you learn ‘on the job’, a bit like student medics working in hospitals and learning alongside peers.

We are an accredited Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider and work in collaboration with schools, taking a leading role in training teachers with a more school-centred focus. The main aim of the School Direct Training Programme is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that the trainees will then go on to work within the schools, or partnership of schools, in which they trained, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment.

How much will it cost?

This route is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. You would be required to pay tuition fees of £9,000 and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), or a scholarship dependent on the training subject and degree class.

Overseas candidates

We welcome candidates who’ve studied outside the UK but you’ll need to check first with NARIC to establish if your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs, A levels or an undergraduate degree.

Primary candidates must have:

• A degree classified as a second class lower division (2.ii) or above
• GCSEs, or equivalent qualifications, in English, mathematics and science at grade C or above
• Some experience of working with young children and the ability to work as part of a team
• We welcome applications from good quality candidates with third class degrees but first contact Jackie.atkin@pilgrim-partnership.org.uk before making an application

What other requirements are there?

• You’ll need to have passed the professional skills test
• You’ll need to provide two references
• Your personal statement
• A minimum of two weeks prior classroom experience is desirable
• You need to be medically fit
• You need to disclose any criminal convictions
• Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) about compliance

How do you apply?

All applications for entry onto any of our teacher training routes must be made through UCAS teacher training.

Financing your studies

We charge tuition fees for the School Direct† route. Some trainees may be eligible for a bursary while tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and maintenance grants are all available through the Student Loans Company.

† Student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships are not available to salaried trainees.

Where will you be training?

It will largely depend on what subject want to teach but we have schools and academies located throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes where you will be doing your practical work.

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School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)
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Working in tandem with schools in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, we’re looking to train the next generation of primary teachers and future primary school leaders

School Direct Training programmes are an innovative new teacher training programme where you learn ‘on the job’, a bit like student medics working in hospitals and learning alongside peers.

We are an accredited Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider and work in collaboration with schools, taking a leading role in training teachers with a more school-centred focus. The main aim of the School Direct Training Programme is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that the trainees will then go on to work within the schools, or partnership of schools, in which they trained, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment.

Who can apply?

This route is an employment-based route into teaching suitable for high quality graduates with three or more years experience of work. Trainees will not be required to perform more than 90% 'teaching duties'.

Trainees are employed by schools as unqualified teachers, and are paid a salary on a minimum of Unqualified 1. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) subsidises trainees' salaries and/or training, with the remainder funded by the appointing school. Student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships are not available to salaried trainees.

Primary candidates must have:

• A degree classified as a second class lower division (2.ii) or above
• GCSEs in English, mathematics and science at grade C or above
• Some experience of working with young children and the ability to work as part of a team
• We welcome applications from good quality candidates with third class degrees but first contact Jackie.atkin@pilgrim-partnership.org.uk before making an application

What other requirements are there?

• You’ll need to have passed the professional skills test
• You’ll need to provide two references
• Your personal statement
• A minimum of two weeks prior classroom experience is desirable
• You need to be medically fit
• You need to disclose any criminal convictions
• Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) about compliance

How do you apply?

All applications for entry onto any of our teacher training routes must be made through UCAS teacher training.

Where will you be training?

It will largely depend on what subject you want to teach but we have schools and academies located throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes where you will be doing your practical work.

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Secondary
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SCITT Training Programme (Tuition Fee)
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Working in tandem with schools in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, we’re looking to train the next generation of secondary teachers and future secondary school leaders.

The SCITT programme is essentially an apprenticeship model of teacher training. It is distinctive from more traditional routes in that rather than spending the most part at university or college and only getting to experience a number of teaching practice placements while studying, trainees spend around two thirds of their time in schools. They only really come together at professional development sessions (academic lectures and workshops) at the central study facilities at the Pilgrim Centre at Lincroft Academy. This greater emphasis on school-based learning combined with centre-based training equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the key aspects required to be an effective teacher.

It is hoped that during training you’ll form very close attachments to your schools, their staff and, in particular, the person nominated to be your Mentor Assessor. You will emerge from this training with highly developed practical skills and, in our experience, a deeper understanding of schools and how they’re organised than you might have had if you had been ‘loaned’ to schools from a Higher Education Institution (HEI).

The majority of your school experience will take place in your partner school, though you will undertake an extensive programme of context-based learning in a small group of trainees in a base school.

How much will it cost?

This route is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. You would be required to pay tuition fees of £9,000 and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), or a scholarship dependent on the training subject and degree class†.

Overseas candidates

We welcome candidates who’ve studied outside the UK but you’ll need to check first with NARIC to establish if your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs, A levels or an undergraduate degree.

Secondary candidates must have:

• A degree classified as a second class lower division (2.ii) or above in the subject to be taught (at least 50% of your degree must be in the subject you want to train to teach)
• GCSEs, or equivalent qualifications, in English and mathematics at grade C or above
• A GCSE, or equivalent qualification, in the subject to be taught
• An A Level, or equivalent qualification, in the subject to be taught
• Some experience of working with children/young people and the ability to work as part of a team.
• For programmes in chemistry, mathematics and physics, we welcome applications from good quality candidates with third class degrees but first contact sbernard@saf.org.uk before making an application.

What other requirements are there?

• You’ll need to have passed the professional skills test
• You’ll need to provide two references
• Your personal statement
• A minimum of two weeks prior classroom experience is desirable
• You need to be medically fit
• You need to disclose any criminal convictions
• Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) about compliance

How do you apply?

All applications for entry onto any of our teacher training routes must be made through UCAS teacher training.

Financing your studies

We charge tuition fees for both the SCITT programme † route. Some trainees may be eligible for a bursary while tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and maintenance grants are all available through the Student Loans Company.

† Student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships are not available to salaried trainees.

Where will you be training?

It will largely depend on the subject you want to teach but we have schools and academies located throughout Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes where you will be doing your practical work.

Any theoretical training will take place at Lincroft Academy.

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School Direct Training Programme (Tuition Fee)
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Working in tandem with schools in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Milton Keynes, we’re looking to train the next generation of secondary teachers and future secondary school leaders.

School Direct Training programmes are an innovative new teacher training programme where you learn ‘on the job’, a bit like student medics working in hospitals and learning alongside peers.

We are an accredited Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider and work in collaboration with schools, taking a leading role in training teachers with a more school-centred focus. The main aim of the School Direct Training Programme is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that the trainees will then go on to work within the schools, or partnership of schools, in which they trained, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment.

How much will it cost?

This route is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. You would be required to pay tuition fees of £9,000 and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), or a scholarship dependent on the training subject and degree class†.

Overseas candidates

We welcome candidates who’ve studied outside the UK but you’ll need to check first with NARIC to establish if your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs, A levels or an undergraduate degree.

Secondary candidates must have:

• A degree classified as a second class lower division (2.ii) or above in the subject to be taught (at least 50% of your degree must be in the subject you want to train to teach)
• GCSEs, or equivalent qualifications, in English and mathematics at grade C or above
• A GCSE, or equivalent qualification, in the subject to be taught
• An A Level, or equivalent qualification, in the subject to be taught
• Some experience of working with children/young people and the ability to work as part of a team.
• For programmes in chemistry, mathematics and physics, we welcome applications from good quality candidates with third class degrees but first contact sbernard@saf.org.uk before making an application.

What other requirements are there?

• You’ll need to have passed the professional skills test
• You’ll need to provide two references
• Your personal statement
• A minimum of two weeks prior classroom experience is desirable
• You need to be medically fit
• You need to disclose any criminal convictions
• Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) about compliance

How do you apply?

All applications for entry onto any of our teacher training routes must be made through UCAS teacher training.

Financing your studies

We charge tuition fees for the School Direct† route. Some trainees may be eligible for a bursary while tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and maintenance grants are all available through the Student Loans Company.

† Student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships are not available to salaried trainees.

Where will you be training?

It will largely depend on what subject you want to teach but we have schools and academies located throughout Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes where you will be doing your practical work.

Any theoretical training will take place at Lincroft Academy.

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School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)
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Working in tandem with schools in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, we’re looking to train the next generation of secondary teachers and future secondary school leaders.

School Direct Training programmes are an innovative new teacher training programme where you learn ‘on the job’, a bit like student medics working in hospitals and learning alongside peers.

We are an accredited Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider and work in collaboration with schools, taking a leading role in training teachers with a more school-centred focus. The main aim of the School Direct Training Programme is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that the trainees will then go on to work within the schools, or partnership of schools, in which they trained, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment.

Who can apply?

This route is an employment-based route into teaching suitable for high quality graduates with three or more years experience of work. Trainees will not be required to perform more than 90% 'teaching duties'.

Trainees are appointed to schools as unqualified teachers, and are paid a salary on a minimum of Unqualified 1. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) subsidises trainees' salaries and/or training, with the remainder funded by the appointing school. Student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships are not available to salaried trainees.

Secondary candidates must have:

• A degree classified as a second class lower division (2.ii) or above in the subject to be taught (at least 50% of your degree must be in the subject you want to train to teach)
• GCSEs, or equivalent qualifications, in English and mathematics at grade C or above
• A GCSE, or equivalent qualification, in the subject to be taught
• An A Level, or equivalent qualification, in the subject to be taught
• Some experience of working with children/young people and the ability to work as part of a team.
• For programmes in chemistry, mathematics and physics, we welcome applications from good quality candidates with third class degrees but first contact sbernard@saf.org.uk before making an application.

What other requirements are there?

• You’ll need to have passed the professional skills test
• You’ll need to provide two references
• Your personal statement
• A minimum of two weeks prior classroom experience is desirable
• You need to be medically fit
• You need to disclose any criminal convictions
• Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) about compliance

How do you apply?

All applications for entry onto any of our teacher training routes must be made through UCAS teacher training.

Where will you be training?

It will largely depend on the subject you want to teach but we have schools and academies located throughout Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes where you will be doing your practical work.

Any theoretical training will take place at Lincroft Academy.

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Assessment Only
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Assessment Only
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The Assessment only route is a 3 stage process including an audit of the evidence you have for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), see the DfE website for further information. Following the audit, if it is considered that you have the necessary experience and evidence to qualify for this route, you will be invited to contact us to discuss how we might proceed.

The Assessment Route Only into teaching is for those who:

Already have a degree and have passed a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science
Have substantial experience of working in a UK school as an instructor or unqualified teacher or as a teacher in an independent school or further education institution
Have passed both of the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before interview
Can demonstrate that the evidence from your teaching covers two or more consecutive age ranges from the following:
Ages 3 – 5 (Foundation Stage)
Ages 5 – 7 (School Years 1 – 2)
Ages 7 – 9 (School Years 3 – 4)
Ages 9 – 11 (School Years 5 – 6)
Ages 11 – 14 (School Years 7, 8 and 9)
Ages 14 – 16 (School Years 10 – 11)
Ages 16 – 19 (School Years 12 – 13)

The Process

The Assessment only route is a 3 stage process including an audit of the evidence you have for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), see the DfE website for further information. Following the audit, if it's considered that you have the necessary experience and evidence to qualify for this route, you will be invited to contact us to discuss how we might proceed.

Fees: Total cost £2,300

Stage 1

Initial interview, portfolio check and verification of suitability for assessment only route
Personal qualifications and characteristics
School suitability to support during assessment
Initial overview of evidence including a classroom observation

Stage 2

Preparation for Assessment and completion of portfolio

Stage 3

Final assessment of one day in school
(Applicants would only be charged for (1) until suitability to proceed to final assessment has been established.)

If you currently work in either a Primary or Secondary School please contact Su Bernard

 

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