Our routes into teaching
At HTTP, we offer two routes into teaching, SCITT and School Direct.
SCITT is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training route. On this route trainees would be a supernumerary member of staff (will teach with another staff member in the room) who will have a gradual but steady introduction into teaching. This route offers more time for observation of lessons before initial teaching and would suit an applicant straight from university or an applicant changing career, with limited recent school experience.
School Direct, also known as the ‘salaried route’, is appropriate for graduates with recent and extensive school experience. For example, many of our salaried trainees have previously been teaching assistants, instructors or cover supervisors in the secondary sector, gaining first-hand experience of working in a school. On this route, there is less observation at the start and trainees are contracted by one of our partner schools and are responsible for teaching their own classes from the start of the course in September.
Both routes lead to PGCE accreditation and require trainees to:
- Attend weekly CPD training with HTTP
- Attend regular twilight subject development training
- Write 4 post graduate assignments
- Reflect weekly on their professional development
- Attend school meetings and staff training sessions
- Meet the expectations of the 2012 Teaching Standards
We have SCITT and School Direct places available in:
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- Geography, History, Religious Education
- Computer Science
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Design & Technology
What we are looking for
You will be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or 2:1 who can demonstrate an aptitude and a passion for teaching. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2, especially in 'shortage' subjects. If your degree does not have at least fifty per cent study in your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to train by taking a subject knowledge enhancement course which we would inform you about at interview. These courses are provided online and are free; in addition living expenses may be supported.
You will have an interest in and a passion for your subject. You may well have been employed in a post using and developing your subject knowledge and skill set.
You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Equivalencies are accepted.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for applicants with the right blend of subject expertise and people skills to be able to impact upon the development of our young people. Passion for your subject is not optional.
You will have spent some time in a secondary school observing or possibly in paid employment in a support role. Alternatively you may have worked with teenagers in a voluntary capacity. We understand that early applicants may still be in the process of finding a school to visit. Look to gain experience in an all-ability state school if at all possible.
For School Direct (salaried) you will have a history of three years employment by the time you begin the course. This may or may not have been in an educational establishment. However, we would expect potential School Direct trainees to have some experience of teaching whole classes in a secondary school.
How we select our trainees
For School Direct (salaried) the Partnership (HTTP) will coordinate the recruitment process and you will be interviewed by staff from Partner schools, initially to determine whether you will make a suitable teacher and, if successful, then additionally by a Partner School or Schools with an interest in employing a trainee teacher in your subject area where one interviewer will assess your subject knowledge. Trainees will be expected to demonstrate their teaching skills as part on the second interview.
At the initial interview you will be asked to take a literacy test.
For a place on the SCITT programme you will have an interview with the management team to assess your suitability for teaching and if successful a second interview with one of our Subject Leaders to assess your current subject knowledge and if you would benefit from a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. If successful HTTP will allocate you to a suitable school that has requested a trainee teacher in your teaching subject.
It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to achieve the best match of applicants to the available places. Final offers will only be made once both skills tests have been passed.
We are asking much of potential trainees; we ask more from our partner schools to support your training. If you think you have these qualities we look forward to your application.
We work with the full range of schools in the Havering area. The success of our schools depends wholly upon developing the strongest possible staff. This is why Havering schools have established a programme to provide the highest quality entrants to the profession.
You will be placed in a partner secondary school (or for the School Direct salaried route, employed) but will also benefit from half a term's experience in a contrasting school. From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and training days. You will be in school from the first day of the school year to the last so you will feel part of the team from the outset.