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Train to Teach @Avanti

Would you like to embark upon your teacher training with a unique Educational Trust that will allow you to grow spiritually and personally? If so, Avanti Schools Trust is the answer...!

We hope this page gives you an insight to our truly unique SCITT program.  If you would like to meet us 'virtually' do sign up to one of our events listed below.

  • OUR OFFER
    From September 2024 we can offer teacher training in: Primary (key stages 1 and 2) Secondary English Secondary Mathematics Secondary Science Secondary History Secondary Geography Secondary Languages (Spanish or French) - location dependant Secondary Computer Science Secondary Physical Education
  • WHAT DOES THE SCITT PROGRAMME INVOLVE?
    The School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme is a one-year teacher-training course which enables you to train and develop your skills in the classroom. Our SCITT course is ideal for people who are eager to learn on the job and make a difference in their community from day one. As a trainee, you’ll spend a majority of the week interacting with pupils and working as a member of teaching staff in a school local to you. Our research-led programme will give you plenty of practical experience, along with phase and subject-specific training and a deep understanding of effective teaching methods. Over the course of the year you will work towards achieving QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and your PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) through a combination of: 1. Two school placements: A core placement in your main school, 4 days per week and a second placement in a partner school for 6 weeks in the spring term. 2. An outstanding teacher training and development curriculum, developed by Teach First, which includes a variety of online learning, live seminars, conference days and in school mentoring. 3. Work with a school-based mentor who will support your development over time and will meet with you individually for 1.5 hours each week. 4. Support from a lead mentor who will oversee your training and development within Avanti. 5. PGCE tasks that support your knowledge and practice, and contribute to your QTS How does the programme work? Classroom based learning By choosing our programme, you will benefit from hands-on experience at two or more schools and learn from experienced teaching professionals. Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice and places you in school four days a week from early September until the end of the summer term. Our programme also includes a six-week placement in a second educational setting later in the year to make sure that you qualify with broad teaching experience. Specialised training Before you enter the classroom, we’ll give you two weeks of intensive training focused on core areas such as behaviour management and planning. You will also have a further two weeks of intensive training later in the year. Once you start your placement, you will have weekly training sessions, designed by Teach First’s expert curriculum designers, and sequenced to ensure focus on the areas of teaching that are most relevant to that point in the academic year. You will take part in six modules across the year – one per half term. In each module you will have self-directed study sessions, live seminars and time to collaborate with other trainees within Avanti Schools Trust. Your self-directed study session will cover a comprehensive range of topics: 1. Subject knowledge and pedagogy 2. An inclusive classroom environment 3. Effective inclusive teaching 4. Planning and curriculum 5. Assessment Live seminars will be held for each module and are tailored to whether the trainee is specialising in primary or secondary education. Each module will also include a full day conference which will focus on a combination of core curriculum and subject or phase specific content. The conferences also provide a great opportunity to meet other trainees on the programme. Mentoring and support You’ll be eased into teaching by shadowing other teachers, before leading your own lessons with guidance from more experienced colleagues. Your mentor also receives support and training from Teach First and us to ensure that they are briefed on the latest research and can tailor their coaching to suit your needs. Where will your training be located? If you train to teach with us we will work with you to place you in a school best suited to you geographically. Primarily our training schools are located in London and Leicester and some of our placements will be with partner schools in the communities near to Avanti Schools.The School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme is a one-year teacher-training course which enables you to train and develop your skills in the classroom. Our SCITT course is ideal for people who are eager to learn on the job and make a difference in their community from day one. As a trainee, you’ll spend a majority of the week interacting with pupils and working as a member of teaching staff in a school local to you. Our research-led programme will give you plenty of practical experience, along with phase and subject-specific training and a deep understanding of effective teaching methods. Over the course of the year you will work towards achieving QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and your PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) through a combination of: 1. Two school placements: A core placement in your main school, 4 days per week and a second placement in a partner school for 6 weeks in the spring term. 2. An outstanding teacher training and development curriculum, developed by Teach First, which includes a variety of online learning, live seminars, conference days and in school mentoring. 3. Work with a school-based mentor who will support your development over time and will meet with you individually for 1.5 hours each week. 4. Support from a lead mentor who will oversee your training and development within Avanti. 5. PGCE tasks that support your knowledge and practice, and contribute to your QTS How does the programme work? Classroom based learning By choosing our programme, you will benefit from hands-on experience at two or more schools and learn from experienced teaching professionals. Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice and places you in school four days a week from early September until the end of the summer term. Our programme also includes a six-week placement in a second educational setting later in the year to make sure that you qualify with broad teaching experience. Specialised training Before you enter the classroom, we’ll give you two weeks of intensive training focused on core areas such as behaviour management and planning. You will also have a further two weeks of intensive training later in the year. Once you start your placement, you will have weekly training sessions, designed by Teach First’s expert curriculum designers, and sequenced to ensure focus on the areas of teaching that are most relevant to that point in the academic year. You will take part in six modules across the year – one per half term. In each module you will have self-directed study sessions, live seminars and time to collaborate with other trainees within Avanti Schools Trust. Your self-directed study session will cover a comprehensive range of topics: 1. Subject knowledge and pedagogy 2. An inclusive classroom environment 3. Effective inclusive teaching 4. Planning and curriculum 5. Assessment Live seminars will be held for each module and are tailored to whether the trainee is specialising in primary or secondary education. Each module will also include a full day conference which will focus on a combination of core curriculum and subject or phase specific content. The conferences also provide a great opportunity to meet other trainees on the programme. Mentoring and support You’ll be eased into teaching by shadowing other teachers, before leading your own lessons with guidance from more experienced colleagues. Your mentor also receives support and training from Teach First and us to ensure that they are briefed on the latest research and can tailor their coaching to suit your needs. Where will your training be located? If you train to teach with us we will work with you to place you in a school best suited to you geographically. Primarily our training schools are located in London and Leicester and some of our placements will be with partner schools in the communities near to Avanti Schools.
  • WHY TRAIN WITH AVANTI?
    By choosing Avanti, you are able to take advantage of the following: Ø Continuous, high quality, research-informed professional development. Ø Professional development opportunities delivered at events by nationally acclaimed speakers. Ø A future career pathway from training to leadership within the trust, if this is your ambition. Ø A genuine focus of your wellbeing and workload, with practical support for this embedded into our training. Ø High quality, personal and accessible support from your mentor, our lead mentors and Avanti’s SCITT delivery team. Ø A training environment where pupils and staff are highly engaged and motivated to work collaboratively to achieve educational excellence. Ø Access to a network of trainees across the trust so you’re never alone on the journey. Why are we partnering with Teach First? We’re working in partnership with Teach First to deliver our School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme. With 20 years’ experience as the largest Initial Teacher Training provider in the country, they have worked with a range of educational experts and school leaders to develop this high quality, research-led programme. Teach First’s mission is to make our education system work for every child. We help people develop into inspiring teachers, supporting them every step of the way as they discover their potential. For nearly two decades, Teach First has been training teachers in low-income areas across the country who have had an exceptional impact on their pupils. Find out more about Teach First.
  • HOW TO APPLY?
    Entry requirements Ø An undergraduate degree or equivalent. Ø Evidence of sufficient subject knowledge in the subject you are applying to teach, either through your degree, your A levels or wider experience. Ø A Grade 4 (C) in English and Maths GCSE, or equivalent qualifications. Ø To teach primary you also need a Grade 4 (C) in GCSE Science. We warmly welcome applicants from students in their final year of university study and can make you an offer conditional on the completion of your undergraduate degree. We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs. Functional skills qualifications are not equivalent to Maths and English GCSEs. We accept most equivalency test providers. You will need to have passed your GCSE equivalency test before applying to our programme; we will not be able to process your application until you have passed. Overseas qualifications will be reviewed by the UK national agency for international qualifications and skills (ENIC) to ensure they meet programme requirements. International candidates You will need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you: · are an Irish citizen · have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme · have indefinite leave to remain in the UK If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the student visa. How to apply? We are delighted you are thinking of making an application to join us! To apply please go direct to the DFE website application service at www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training and choose Avanti Schools Trust as your provider. Following your application we will assess your eligibility for teacher training. If you are eligible, we will invite you to interview, and your offer to train with us will be dependent on the outcome of your interview and your subject knowledge assessment. What is the interview process? During the initial stage of selection we review your application ensuring your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a passion for education and your specialised subject. If you are successful, you will be invited to interview in London. The interview day is usually within 6 weeks of receiving your application. The interview process will include the following: · An opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information · A panel interview · A subject-specific taught lesson · Your subject knowledge assessment
  • FUNDING & FEES
    Fees and financial support What’s the cost of doing the SCITT programme? The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250. The tuition fees for UK/EU students are typically: Full-time: £9,250 per year. Is there any funding available? You will be registered as a full-time student throughout the programme so have access to lots of student benefits, as well as a student loan to cover your fees. Depending on your subject and qualifications, you may also be eligible for a bursary or grant to support you throughout your training. You can find out about a range of funding options here on the government website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-support Will I be paid a salary? No, you will be an unsalaried trainee during the time that you are on the programme. More information about fees and other financial support that may be available can be found at: www.gov.uk/teacher-training-funding
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