Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose HTTP?

HTTP is one of the longest established school based ITT programmes having successfully trained several hundred teachers. We are small enough to be able to know and support trainees in a highly personalised manner and large enough to offer a broad training programme in a wide range of subjects.

How do I fund my training?

Training can be funded by a loan from The Student Loan Company.  HTTP can help with access to these funds.

Where is the course based?

Trainees are placed in two of our partner secondary schools in the London Borough of Havering.  Central training takes place at Havering Sixth Form College and at Hall Mead School.

What are the entry requirements?

An honours degree and at least a grade C in maths and English GCSE. Trainees must also have passed the literacy and numeracy skills tests before commencing.

I did not pass my GCSEs, can I still join the course?

Unfortunately not though HTTP does recognise some equivalent qualifications.  http://www.equivalencytesting.com

What will my timetable be like?

School Direct salaried Trainees will teach from the outset in most schools.  Ten hours a week is the maximum for the first two terms, rising to fifteen hours in the Summer Term.

SCITT Trainees begin to take responsibility for classes from the second half of the Autumn Term, teaching six hours a week.  This rises to ten hours in the Spring Term and fifteen in the Summer Term

When does the course start?

The first week in September.

How will I be assessed?

Our PGCE is based on five modules.

QTS is assessed by providing evidence against the Teacher’s Standards where classroom performance is critical.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

This depends upon your subject and degree classification. HTTP will advise you on an individual basis and assist in your application for funding bursary eligibility and rates can be found at:

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview

 

Can I obtain any other financial support?

You may be eligible for a maintenance loan (see the student finance pages at Gov.uk)

Is there childcare support?

Unfortunately not as such but HTTP can help you apply for a maintenance loan.

Can I choose the school I want to train in?

Both courses are offered in varying combinations by Partner Schools. A successful initial School Direct interview with the Partnership will be followed by an interview with interested Partner School(s). School Direct Salaried Trainees are given the final say in where they are placed should more than one school wish to employ them.

 SCITT Trainees are placed where we have offers from partner schools and where HTTP is assured there is the capacity to provide the necessary level of support.

What is the interview process?

A formal interview to assess your aptitude for teaching followed by a Subject Leader interview to assess your current level of subject knowledge.

You will also have to take a literacy test.

Do I need a degree in the subject I want to teach in?

Not necessarily - in many shortage subjects suitable applicants can be offered a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.  This is free, can be undertaken on-line and starts at frequent times during the year.  Applicants may receive living expenses if they are not in paid employment. 

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview

Do I get a laptop?

HTTP has a bank of laptops for loan and some schools offer these to their Trainees.

Who pays the training costs on a salaried route?

School Direct Salaried Trainees are paid a salary (unqualified teacher scale point 1) and their training costs are paid by the employing school.

Who pays the training fees on a SCITT route?

Trainees will pay the tuition fees for their training but should be eligible for a tuition fee loan from The Student Loan Company. Training fees are currently £9,000.

Which qualifications will successful completion of the course deliver?

You will be awarded a PGCE with 60 Level 7 credits (Master’s Level) and Qualified Teacher Status.

What study facilities are there?

The Partnership benefits from the resources of all Partner Schools, especially the human resources. Training is provided by a wide range of experienced staff from across the Partnership as well as local Authority staff and experts brought in. Our VLE provides access to resources as will our partnership with The University of East London which offers library access via an Athens account and shared training opportunities.

Do the schools have good transports connections?

Havering schools are well served by public transport and the borough is easily accessible via main road networks, the tube and overland rail.

What disabled provisions do you have?

In recent years Havering schools have been modified in order to improve disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know in their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

Do you offer accommodation?

The Partnership does not provide any accommodation for trainee teachers. However, there is a good range of rental accommodation available at reasonable rates across Essex and East London and we can help you find suitable accommodation.

Do you have child care facilities?

Unfortunately HTTP is not able to provide child care facilities. However, we will advise of suitable carers and individual schools will be able to support with advice on local child-minders.

Who pays the training costs on a salaried route?

School Direct (also known as salaried) trainees are paid a salary (unqualfied teacher scale point 1) and your training costs are paid by the employing school.

Who pays the training fees on a SCITT route?

Trainees will pay the tuition fees for their training but should be eligible for a tuition fee loan from student finance. Training fees are currently £9,000.

Both courses are offered in varying combinations by Partner Schools. A successful initial School Direct interview with the Partnership will be followed by an interview with interested Partner School(s).