Initial Teacher Training

The course

We offer initial teacher training in Secondary and Primary. It is called ‘School Direct’. School Direct means the training year is largely based in school. As a Lead School in the Teaching School we recruit and select our trainees in partnership with Cornwall SCITT (an accredited ITT provider). One of the benefits of applying to us is that your main school placement if Secondary will be at Mounts Bay Academy. We also work very closely with a number of Primary schools in our network to provide placements and can usually tell you which school will be your main placement before the course starts.

For 2017/18 we are have the following places available:

Primary – 3 places FULL for 2017/18

Secondary – Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, English, Geography (FULL), History, Maths, MFL, PE (FULL).

QTS

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is what you will achieve if you successfully complete the course. Throughout the year your progress is measured and assessed against the Teachers’ Standards to ensure you meet at least the minimum standard in each one.
Alongside this you can achieve a PGCE – an academic award at Level 6 or 7. It is immersed as part of your teacher training course through assignments. It doesn’t qualify you to teach. It does give you Masters Level credits which is useful if you are looking to do a Masters at some point in the future.
The majority of the training takes place in a lead school with a shorter placement at another school with the support of a Mentor throughout the year. We work in partnership with a number of schools in West Cornwall.

How to Apply

Click here for the UCAS website to apply: UCAS

You need to register and apply on the UCAS website. Recruitment for courses starting in September 2017 is likely to start around the 18th October 2016. Search for Mounts Bay Academy. Our provider code is 12U

Entry requirements

A UK degree (or equivalent) qualification with a 2:2 or higher. If secondary, your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach.
GCSE’s in Maths and English Grade C or above (or equivalent), and Science if applying to Primary.
Appropriate ‘A’ level or equivalent qualifications.

Your application as a whole will be looked at – including other qualifications, work and school experience, personal statement and references. Your references should both clearly support your potential to train to become a teacher.

You must also undertake an occupational health screening and DBS clearance prior to starting the course.

Government Skills Tests

You must successfully complete the Government skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can start your course. You should aim to pass them as soon as possible after applying for a place on any course and we advise you undertake practise tests where available. If you fail either after your third attempt you are not able to start your teacher training course and will have to wait 24 months before you can apply again.

They can be booked here:

Professional Skills Tests
 

School Experience

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who have carried out a minimum of 10 days of school-based observation/work experience within the last 2 years. You can apply with just 3 days, but you will be asked to complete further days depending on the outcome of your interview. To gain school experience you can just get in touch directly with any school to see if they can accommodate you – you may have to approach several schools. Most schools offer 1-3 days experience.

Funding your course

We offer School Direct (Tuition Fee) places. This means you are responsible for paying for your course. The tuition fees for 2017/18 are £9000. We do not offer any Salaried places. Most people go through Student Finance to secure a loan and there may be bursaries and grants available to apply for. Check on the Get Into Teaching website.

Further information on School Direct ITT can be found here: DfE

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding Teacher Training. We can answer any questions regarding the course, application and interview process:

email Helen Rodgers hrodgers@mountsbay.org or telephone 01736 352321