Primary Teacher Training Information
At Harton Teaching School Alliance we are passionate about teaching and this passion will be shared and embedded in a supportive, practical and hands on way with all our trainees. You will receive training so you are confident when taking the next steps into the profession and can take what you have learnt into a fulfilling and successful career. We believe in holding onto tradition whilst embracing innovation and, above all, we pride ourselves in the quality of the training we offer. The best way to learn to teach is to do it, to make mistakes and to learn from them. Harton Teaching School Alliance will allow you to become immersed in school life from the start, but offers you a safety net of the support needed to thrive as a new teacher.
Harton Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of 16 Secondary and Primary schools working in close collaboration with local providers to deliver high quality and innovative teacher training. The Lead School for the Partnership is Harton Academy, an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ rated school (2013) and successful Teaching School. Harton was one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country. A distinctive feature of the programme is the focus on carefully staged and appropriately supervised practical classroom experience within two contrasting schools, which is further supported by academic and professional study via central training.
About the accredited provider
The HEI provider for our Primary School Direct course is Northumbria University. The University of Northumbria is a centre of excellence for initial teacher education. This teacher training course is nationally recognised by Ofsted as part of the ‘outstanding’ Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provision at Northumbria. Your school-based training is complemented by the university-based programme where experienced academic staff will share their wealth of research and knowledge, helping you to critically reflect on your practice and become an outstanding Newly Qualified Teacher.
About the course
The training you receive will take place at both your host school and the University of Northumbria. You will attend some training sessions at the University of Northumbria and will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. Generic training will be at a variety of primary schools that work within our alliance. Work-based learning will be in placement schools where you will be trained in a supportive and aspirational environment.
You will complete two teaching placements in contrasting school settings and in different age phases. Your host school will be the school where you spend most of the year and where you will undertake most of your teaching commitments. You will also carry out a second placement during the spring term in one of our partner schools dependent on your individual needs.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to spend a day in a special school and a day in a secondary school, thus affording all trainee teachers a comprehensive range of training experiences across all ability and age ranges, irrespective of your age phase.
You will be assigned a Mentor who will be an experienced member of staff within the age phase you are teaching. You will also have the support of a Professional Tutor who is also an experienced member of the staff at your placement school. Our Mentors and Professional Tutors are fully trained and have experience of mentoring trainee teachers.
You will be assessed with written work, some of which contributes towards Master’s credits. In addition you will be assessed throughout your teaching practice. All School Direct trainee teachers are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This School Direct (Tuition) Post Graduate Certificate of Education qualification awards you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need in order to teach in any school in England and Wales.
If successful at the application stage, you will be invited for interview. This will involve a half a day spent at one of our partner schools. The day is a rigorous selection process where you will be required to teach a 30-minute observed lesson. There will also be a series of tasks including group and written ones, designed to show off your strengths. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching as well as any other relevant information to enable you to demonstrate your skills and qualities. At this early stage, we are looking for applicants to demonstrate their future potential as teachers.
How school placements work
You will complete two teaching placements in contrasting school environments. Your host school will be where you spend most of the year and where you will undertake most of your teaching commitments. You will be in your host school from September through to December. You will then carry out a Second Placement which will be in one of our partner schools dependent on your individual needs assessed in the first term and based on the experiences you have already had from your host placement school. Your second school placement will be from January to Easter. After you have completed your Second School Placement you will return to your host placement school to complete an enhanced placement until the end of June. Across the course of the year there are once weekly training days that take place at Northumbria University, Mortimer Primary or one of our primary partnership schools.
The course fees for this year are as follows:
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You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Financial support from the training provider
Financial support for trainee teachers has never been better. You could get up to £30,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship – or you could earn a salary of up to £25,000 while you train on a School Direct (salaried) course.
Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.
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Entrants must hold a degree. We will be looking for a second class Honours Degree as the minimum requirement. A 2:1 or better is preferred in all cases; a 2:2 will be accepted with recent and relevant experience.
All entrants will have attained a minimum grade C in their GCSE (or equivalent) examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.
For entrants with degrees from overseas please contact NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre)
We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with very good communication skills, determination to succeed, a commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others. Successful applicants are confident and passionate about teaching and also able to contribute to the wider school ethos and community. Training to teach is challenging and rewarding. Developing excellent interpersonal skills will enable trainees to work with groups of young people from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for people who strive to improve and are committed to their own professional development, and who are proactive, independent and team players willing to act upon advice.
All entrants will go through an enhanced Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS) to ascertain that they have no criminal background preventing them from working with children.
Once trainees have been offered a place, they must book their skills tests and pass them before the course begins.
All successful applicants must submit an Occupational Health form. Entrants are required to satisfy interviewers that they possess the physical and mental agility necessary to meet the strenuous demands of teaching. This does not preclude entrants with disabilities from applying who give every indication of becoming competent and valued members of the teaching profession.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Harton Teaching School Alliance welcomes applications for teacher training from all candidates. Harton Academy hosts a large number of pupils and students with a range of physical impairments and social, emotional and mental health conditions, and can use this expertise to help identify and provide any support agreed for trainees.
Harton benefitted from significant building improvements under the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme and therefore has bespoke infrastructures to suit people of all abilities. Additionally, Human Resources support is available, as we consider our trainees a member of the staffing team, and would look to make reasonable adjustments as necessary.
Both of our accredited providers have a Disability Support Team who will be able to provide advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia.
In relation to our partner schools where a school is unsuitable for a particular placement, we would seek to find an appropriate school which can accommodate successfully. Please contact John Gibson on firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific disability access requirements.
You’ll need to register before you can apply.
You’ll need these codes for the Choices section of the application form:
- training provider code: 1D7
- training programme code: 2VRD