Teach
Independent

Teach Independent

An Initial Teacher Training programme tailored to meet the needs of the Independent Sector, delivered and accredited by George Abbot SCITT

Teach Independent differs from a traditional QTS/PGCE course as it is for candidates already employed in the Independent Sector. The two year programme begins in the September of Year 1 when trainees begin teaching as unqualified teachers on an internal training programme arranged by their main placement (employing) school. The QTS/PGCE course accredited by George Abbot SCITT begins in the June of Year 1, and concludes in the June of Year 2.

Benefits to the trainee
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Trainees can be fully integrated into the life of the main placement school during Year 1

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Focus can be given to policies and procedures specific to the Independent Sector

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Assignment deadlines are worked around holiday periods

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Trainees are able to focus on the development of their teaching without the need to provide a portfolio of evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards

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Trainees are able to fully experience the profession before undertaking the professional qualification

Benefits to the school
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Trainees may be given full pastoral and co-curricular responsibilities

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Focus can be given to policies and procedures specific to the Independent Sector

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Minor placement takes place in the Summer Term when examination classes have left any may utilise the first few weeks of the Independent Sector summer holiday

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The Secondary Professional Studies Programme may run as a series of twilight sessions therefore reducing time away from school – Primary Professional Studies sessions will run during the day on a Thursday

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Trainees embarking on the TI programme will have had a year of teaching experience and will therefore be making an informed decision about entering the profession

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Schools have control over the content and delivery of the Year 1 programme and the support of a Lead School

The Programme

  • Initial Teacher Training year runs from June to June
  • Four week minor placement in maintained school in second half of summer term, followed by a 5 day consolidation placement at the end of the year – organised by George Abbot SCITT
  • 5 days experience in an SEN school
  • Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes for trainees usually run as a series of twilight sessions
  • £4,500 fee for QTS only and £5,750 for PGCE programme, validated by Kingston University