September to June
Course UCAS Code
Partner Training School
St Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy
To become a trainee English teacher, you will need to be passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. English is a vital subject and as a core part of the secondary school curriculum, it is a large contributor to a pupil’s success in school and beyond. As a teacher of English, you will be instrumental in opening up the power of language to your pupils, encouraging them to be practical, logical, creative and imaginative with their words, both written and spoken.
You will learn first-hand the teaching techniques that make a great teacher, but you’ll also need a passion for helping young learners succeed and reach their full potential. Teaching English requires good communication skills and an ability to develop relationships. You’ll have plenty of time during the course to develop your skills and set yourself up for a career as an English teacher.
Most graduates that train to become English teachers have a degree in English or a closely related subject.
Leeds SCITT also allows those without an English degree to become teachers in this subject through a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE). This course will provide sufficient knowledge for you to be able to teach it in the classroom. It can also act as a refresher course if you’ve had time away from your specialist subject. The SKE course takes place before the initial teacher training course and can take between 8 to 28 weeks, so be sure to allow time for this if you’re interested in learning and teaching secondary school English. The length of the SKE course will be decided during the interview.
Once on the course, we will support you to enhance your subject knowledge even further to pass on to pupils, essential for all forms of communication in today’s society. With in-school training as the focus of the programme, you will get direct experience of creating teaching tools to help pupils to express themselves across a range of challenging contexts.
Your Lead Tutor will support you to deliver an exciting and diverse curriculum that prepares young people for their future success and become confident in communicating your passion to your pupils. You will learn how to shape and develop your own teaching style through first-hand classroom experience, teaching all different types of learners across the Key Stages.
Leeds SCITT is probably the best run course in the area and the leaders and tutors are the most supportive people ever
— Bethan, English Trainee
We are interested in recruiting individuals with the skill set who are passionate about their subject and all aspects of English Language and Literature, ready to learn and keep on developing their own subject knowledge alongside a team of expert practitioners. You will be supported all the way through by a school subject mentor and a Link Tutor from Leeds SCITT, whilst teaching and observing experienced teachers and planning alongside them. As a teaching school, St Mary’s has high quality ITT provision as part of its overall commitment to supporting the profession across the local area.
St Mary’s Menston was graded as Outstanding in the most recent Ofsted inspection. The inspection team noted that pupils make ‘outstanding progress’ and that the ‘school prepares young people well for their future careers, regardless of individual background or personal aspiration’. Pupils studying English at St Mary’s typically over-achieve by more than half a grade at GCSE and the subject is especially popular at A-level, which is testament to the expertise and professionalism of the English department.
In addition to your Lead School placement, you can be placed within two of our additional partnership schools to give you contrasting placements.
You may be eligible for financial support such as a tax-free bursary or scholarship whilst on the English SCITT course. You’ll have the option to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan, as well as additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability. See here for more information.
In addition to achieving qualified teacher status (QTS) as part of the English SCITT course, you’ll also have the opportunity to qualify for a PGCE worth 60 masters credits, awarded from Leeds Trinity University. You don’t need to obtain an English PGCE qualification in order to become a teacher in England and Wales.
Once your school-based training is complete and you reach qualified teacher status (QTS), you’ll start on a salary of at least £24,373. Leeds SCITT is known for its high-employability rate and 90% of our trainees go on to find employment before the September term. As you advance in your career as an English teacher, so will your salary.
Bursary amount if awarded
School that runs this course
St Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy
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