Straight to Teaching Prospectus 2014/15 Vol. 4 HCUKonline.com Live. Learn. Straight to Teaching Prospectus 2014/2015 2 Live. Learn. CONTENTS INTRODUCTION What is Straight to Teaching? Programme aim Programme outcomes Career progression Who should apply? 4 HCUK Who are we? Why choose Straight to Teaching? Learners Schools Straight to Teaching programmes 7 PROGRAMME DETAILS Structure Resources Expectations Assessment 8 FEES 12 THE SCHOOL’S ROLE School benefits The school’s responsibilities School mentor’s role Support offered by HCUK Working together 13 TESTIMONIALS START DATES APPLICATION PROCESS CONTACT DETAILS 3 14 15 15 15 Live. Learn. INTRODUCTION WHAT IS STRAIGHT TO TEACHING? Straight to Teaching (S2T) is a unique professional development programme aimed at suitable school staff (learners) who want to become fully qualified teachers. The programme supports and prepares you to meet all The QTS Teachers’ Standards (The Standards) and other criteria for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It also provides you with the opportunity to be assessed and awarded QTS. Many schools continue to struggle to recruit the qualified teachers they require, particularly for shortage subjects. Yet, countless schools have highly skilled and experienced members of staff (unqualified teachers, higher-level teaching assistants, cover supervisors and others) who could be supported to become the qualified teachers they need, if the means were available. The S2T programme is designed to provide this support. It offers you and your school a personalised, flexible and accessible professional development programme that leads to you being assessed to gain the award of QTS. The programme is a highquality, low-cost alternative to initial teacher training, allowing you to continue working while preparing for QTS assessment. The programme is delivered in school and online and supports you in building a personal portfolio of evidence, which enables you to meet, and demonstrate that you meet, all The Standards and other criteria for the award of QTS. An experienced personal pathway tutor will work with you and your school to create a personalised QTS preparation plan and timeline and offer support and guidance throughout. Your programme will vary in length depending on the extent and range of your existing experience when you join the programme. Typically, the shortest timeframe the programme could be completed in is one term and the longest it would take is two years (six terms). 4 Live. Learn. PROGRAMME AIM The aim of the programme is: • To increase the opportunities for suitable school staff (unqualified teachers, higher-level teaching assistants and others with the right qualifications, experience and skills) to become successful qualified teachers. The programme provides such school staff with a high-quality, low-cost progression route to becoming a fully qualified teacher. The programme is flexible, accessible and personalised and offers in-school and online professional development, allowing learners to continue to work and earn whilst they qualify • To enhance schools’ capabilities to grow their own qualified teacher workforce by providing them with a new route where they can professionally develop their existing and future staff to become qualified teachers PROGRAMME OUTCOMES When you complete all elements of the first phase of your programme you will be recommended by your pathway tutor to move forward to phase two, your QTS assessment. If successful you will be awarded QTS and will be able to apply for qualified teacher posts in schools in England. CAREER PROGRESSION The programme helps you to increase your opportunities to: • • • Be employed as a fully qualified teacher Be promoted and/or gain more job security Increase your salary by up to £7,000* per annum • • • Go on to become an outstanding teacher Share best practices with colleagues Play a more significant role in school management *On average, a fully qualified teacher in England earns approximately £6,000-£7,000 more a year than their unqualified counterpart. For full details about qualified and unqualified teacher pay scales, visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary. 5 Live. Learn. WHO SHOULD APPLY? You should be a self-motivated person with the desire to become a fully qualified teacher and meet the following entry criteria. You should: • • • • • Be employed in a school in a teaching role by the time you start the programme Have the express agreement of your current or intending employer (school) to support you to achieve QTS through the S2T programme (the school will be asked to sign a working agreement with HCUK). This support includes the appointment of a suitable member of staff to act as a school mentor Have the relevant qualifications, experience and skills to succeed through the S2T programme: - Have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C or above at GCSE level in English and Mathematics. If you intend to teach pupils aged 3-11 you will also need to have grade C or above at GCSE level science1 - Hold a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification2 Have the health and physical capacity to teach Have been subject to, and passed, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal records check You must also meet the following suitability criteria by the time you start phase two of the programme and are recommended for QTS assessment: • • • • • Be able to demonstrate that you have the appropriate intellectual and academic capabilities and personal qualities, attitudes, ethics and values Be able to communicate clearly and effectively in standard English Have passed the professional skills tests Have undertaken significant teaching experience in at least two same-phase schools (this can include prior experience as well as experience completed during the S2T programme) Be able to demonstrate that you meet The Standards across a minimum of two consecutive age ranges for your chosen teaching specialism You will be advised at the start of the first phase of your S2T programme to select a teaching specialism and two consecutive age ranges that you wish to develop in and be assessed against. The programme will particularly suit you if you enjoy being an independent learner and value the flexibility and accessibility to manage your own development. It is the standard and not the certificate that matters. Applicants who do not have a grade C GCSE may be able to show they meet the required standard by taking an equivalency test or by offering other agreed evidence of attainment. 1 You need to meet this criteria by the time of QTS assessment. If you are in the process of completing a degree you may still be able to start the programme. 2 6 Live. Learn. HCUK WHO ARE WE? HCUK is a leading provider of online courses and programmes with a particular focus on teacher training and development. We have a wealth of experience in the education sector and our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme is accredited by The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). We have recently been praised by Ofsted for the quality of our training across the partnership. HCUK, inspected under the new June 2014 two stage framework, received an overall grade of ‘Good’ for its work securing consistently high quality outcomes for its trainees. WHY CHOOSE STRAIGHT TO TEACHING? Learners Straight to Teaching offers you: Schools Straight to Teaching also offers schools the ability to: • The opportunity to continue working at your existing school while you qualify • Increase the range of professional development opportunities they offer • The chance to increase your earnings by up to £7,000 per annum • Upskill existing staff and promote from within their current team • Career progression opportunities • • A flexible online and in-school programme that fits in and around existing commitments Bridge recruitment gaps and address teacher shortages at their school • Increase the quality of teaching and the number of fully qualified teachers at their school • A bespoke approach – you will be given a personalised QTS preparation plan and timeline • Expert advice, support and guidance throughout the programme (personal pathway tutor and school mentor) • Recruit and retain quality candidates that show strong potential for becoming good to outstanding teachers • Access to online materials and tools 24/7 • • The opportunity to maximise your chances of gaining QTS Grow their own high-quality teachers at a low cost, efficiently and effectively • • Flexible start dates, programme lengths and payment options Develop staff professionally while they continuing to work in their existing role • The security and comfort of knowing the programme is being delivered by an experienced education provider STRAIGHT TO TEACHING PROGRAMMES We are currently offering Straight to Teaching programmes in the following areas: • Primary (age ranges 3-7, 5-7 and 7-11) • All main secondary subjects (age ranges 11-16 and 14-19) • Other subjects may be available on request 7 Live. Learn. PROGRAMME DETAILS STRUCTURE Application S2T application and selection process Phase one* Phase two INA Interim Visit(s) Final Visit Independent QTS Assessment S2T Initial Needs Assessment (INA) and design of the personalised QTS Preparation Plan (QPP) Personalised QTS preparation programme timeline – monitoring and evidence building S2T final phase one visit – evaluation of evidence and recommendation for QTS independent assessment The learner should demonstrate that he or she knows and meets the required Standards 13-72 weeks 1-2 weeks Up to 12 weeks 3-4 weeks (from 1-2 weeks submitting an application) *The length of the programme will be determined and agreed during the INA. Learners requiring only assessment will move straight to the final visit and recommendation for phase two. S2T is a personalised in-school and online professional development programme. It prepares you to meet all The Standards and other criteria for the award of QTS and, when ready, provides you with the opportunity to be assessed for and awarded QTS. The S2T programme does not guarantee that you will pass assessment and be awarded QTS. However, full participation in the programme maximises your chances of being able to achieve QTS and become a fully qualified teacher. All S2T programmes follow a similar basic structure that consists of two phases. The length of your programme will vary because the first phase is personalised to you, based on your needs in terms of development and evidence building. If you have significant teaching experience already your first phase could be shorter and you could be designated ready for assessment and move straight onto phase two. You will be assigned a personal S2T pathway tutor (who is a QTS specialist) and a school mentor (appointed by the employing school). The pathway tutor and the school mentor will guide you throughout the programme, providing online and in-school support, guidance and feedback. 8 Live. Learn. PHASE ONE Initial needs assessment • Depending on the amount of existing teaching experience that you have, your first phase will consist of up to three stages: an initial needs assessment, interim visit(s) and a final visit • Prior to the initial needs assessment you will be asked to complete a self-assessment. This process allows you to indicate what level you believe you are currently working at against The Standards • The initial assessment is then carried out by the pathway tutor and this defines your current working level against The Standards • The results of the assessment are used to facilitate and determine the structure and content of your personalised QTS preparation plan and timeline • At this stage, the pathway tutor will also discuss what support is available for the nominated school mentor After the initial needs assessment your pathway tutor will confirm the length of the first phase (personal QTS preparation plan) of your programme and the number of visits you require. Personalised QTS preparation programme and timeline (QPP) • Your pathway tutor will work with you, the school and the school mentor to prepare a QPP that sets clear targets and objectives for you • At this point, HCUK and the school determine what support you will require from the pathway tutor, school and school mentor. This process defines the necessary in-school support and specific HCUK online learning materials • You are also given an indication of approximately how long it will take to complete your QPP and the assessment process • You will be given login details for the S2T virtual learning platform for you to: - Access key online learning materials based on your own professional development needs - Upload your portfolio of evidence - Receive regular feedback from your pathway tutor - Ask questions and interact with your tutor and other S2T participants Online and in-school development, monitoring and evidence building • You will take your QPP and put it in to action, brushing up on existing skills, learning independently (online and offline) and building your portfolio of evidence • The pathway tutor will visit you in school to observe your teaching, monitor the evidence that you upload online, discuss your portfolio of evidence and provide support and feedback. They also work closely with your school mentor during these sessions to ensure fluidity • You will have at least one half-day visit from your pathway tutor per term. The number of visits will depend on your needs and the length of your programme (extra visits may incur additional costs) • The school mentor will offer advice, guidance and support to you throughout • Final evaluation and recommendation for QTS assessment • Once you have demonstrated that you are making the necessary progress towards completing your QPP, you will be provided with details that will enable you to sit the professional skills tests. These must be passed before you can be assessed for QTS • At the final tutor visit, the pathway tutor evaluates your portfolio of evidence against The Standards and recommends whether you are ready to progress to phase two • If the pathway tutor considers that you are not ready to move forward, they will plan – along with you, your school and mentor - what further steps or actions are necessary 9 Live. Learn. PHASE TWO Independent QTS assessment • Once you have been advised that you are ready for QTS assessment by your pathway tutor, you will be recommended for QTS assessment • QTS assessment can take up to 12 weeks to complete and will be completed by an appropriate independent assessor (who has had no involvement in your programme) who will visit and observe you in school as part of this process • The assessor will write a report which will refer to teaching that they observed and documented evidence, as well as making a recommendation as to whether QTS should be awarded • HCUK will forward its recommendation to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), who award QTS. This procedure can take several weeks 10 Live. Learn. RESOURCES S2T is delivered through a blended in-school and online experience, which incorporates in-school development, experience and support with online on-demand materials, tools and feedback. You will be given a clear outline of what independent learning is required, along with support, advice and guidance on how you can improve your skills and prepare for assessment. Your progress is monitored and feedback will be provided online and face-to-face throughout the programme. Specialist pathway tutor An important part of the delivery of our S2T programme is the use of personalised pathway tutors. You will be appointed a personal pathway tutor, who will guide you and work with you face-to-face, in school and online throughout the agreed personal QPP and timeline. All S2T pathway tutors are highly experienced education professionals and specialise in developing qualified and unqualified teachers. All are qualified teachers themselves and have previously held school leadership positions, so they understand the sector extremely well and can offer relevant, honest, impartial, practical advice and support. Online You will also have the added benefit of guided access to the S2T online library and learning platform. This virtual learning environment means that you can interact with other S2T learners via the live forums. You can ask questions, read about other people’s experiences and communicate directly with your personal pathway tutor. The online learning platform is also where you can upload your portfolio of evidence and where your pathway tutor provides feedback and guidance on your progression. One of the major advantages of the online elements of the programme is that you can be given access to resources that include a wide range of high quality subject knowledge and pedagogy learning materials to help improve your teaching and your pupils’ learning. School mentor Another essential part of the delivery of our S2T programme is the school mentor. This person is a suitable member of staff from your employing school who is in a position to support and mentor you. The school mentor is appointed by the school to work closely with you to ensure you are working to the approved personal QTS preparation plan in a timely manner as agreed. The school mentor plays an essential role in facilitating the programme and ensuring the school can accommodate the needs of you and your personalised programme. 11 Live. Learn. EXPECTATIONS Straight to Teaching is a personalised QTS preparation programme, so expectations will be based on your individual circumstances. However, as typical learner would be expected to complete: • Work as outlined in your personal QTS • Learning diary entries preparation plan on a weekly basis (the • Online discussions on the interactive amount of time per week will depend on forums individual circumstances) • Collate and upload evidence relating to The • Online and offline tasks (where relevant) Standards • Independent learning and reading where appropriate ASSESSMENT Your progress on the programme will be continually assessed, such assessment contributes to the overall QTS assessment. You will be monitored throughout the programme by your pathway tutor and school mentor, both during school visits and online. They will monitor your responses to online tasks and reflections in your Learning Diary, whilst supporting your progress towards the Teachers’ Standards. FEES During the final visit (or INA for learners requiring Assessment Only) you will be recommended for independent assessment providing the pathway tutor and school are confident that you have sufficient evidence and your teaching is good or better. The assessment in phase two can take up to 12 weeks to complete and the independent assessor will visit and observe you in school as part of this process. Preparation Length Assessment Total Programme Fees Short preparation One term up to one term up to one term £2,500 £4,500 Two term Three term Four term up to one term up to one term up to one term £5,500 £6,500 £7,250 Five term up to one term £8,000 Six term up to one term £8,750 Programme Length and Fees The programme length and fees will be agreed at stage one (initial needs assessment) of the programme. All fees include the full S2T programme and the cost of QTS assessment. A £500 nonrefundable deposit will normally be required to secure your place on the programme. This will be deducted from the total fees once you commence the programme. 12 Live. Learn. Payment The fees can be met in full by you, the employing school or shared between both parties. A number of flexible payment options are available. To discuss the payment options, call us on 0800 088 6126 or e-mail us at [email protected] Straight to Teaching can be funded by a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). A PCDL is a commercial bank loan for learners to help pay for work-related learning. As a bank loan, it is very different from other forms of funding such as grants as you must repay the loan even if you do not finish your course. Loans are available for up to 24 months and can cover programme fees, living expenses and other associated costs depending on your circumstances. Repayments start a month after you complete or leave your Straight to Teaching programme. The government pays the interest during the programme and for one month after you leave. If you are interested in a PCDL you should apply via a bank using HCUK’s learner provider number 20930. For further information on PCDLs visit www.gov.uk/careerdevelopment-loans. THE SCHOOL’S ROLE SCHOOL BENEFITS Straight to Teaching is designed to offer schools a number of benefits, including the ability to: • Increase the range of professional • Recruit and retain quality candidates that development opportunities they offer show strong potential for becoming good to outstanding teachers • Upskill existing staff and promote from • • within their current team • Bridge recruitment gaps and address teacher shortages at their schools Grow their own high-quality teachers at a low cost, efficiently and effectively • Develop staff professionally while they continue to work in their existing role Increase the quality of teaching and the number of fully qualified teachers at their schools THE SCHOOL’S RESPONSIBILITIES For you to be successful on the S2T programme, you must have the commitment of your employing school. The school’s responsibilities include: • A willingness to work in partnership with HCUK (the school must sign a working agreement with HCUK) • A willingness to allow and facilitate you to gain teaching experience in another school if necessary • Discussing, negotiating and agreeing your personal QTS preparation plan and timeline with your S2T pathway tutor • • Providing you with the support and resources necessary Appointing a suitable member of school staff to act as your school mentor (this person should have some experience of coaching new teachers) 13 Live. Learn. SCHOOL MENTOR’S ROLE The school mentor plays a vital part in the programme. Successful completion of the programme is dependent on you having an appropriate member of school staff to act as your mentor who has experience of coaching and supporting new teachers. The mentor plays an essential role in facilitating the programme by ensuring that the school and S2T pathway tutor are working together and that your needs are accommodated. SUPPORT OFFERED BY HCUK We provide a range of support for the school and school mentor on how to facilitate the programme, support you and monitor progress. This support and professional advice is delivered in the school by an S2T pathway tutor and online via HCUK’s virtual learning platform, Moodle. WORKING TOGETHER As part of the application process, schools will be expected to sign a working agreement with HCUK that confirms they are committed to supporting you and working with HCUK throughout the period of your S2T programme. For full details of a school’s responsibilities and how HCUK and the school will work together, please request a copy of the HCUK Straight to Teaching handbook from [email protected] TESTIMONIALS Below are a range of testimonials from learners on the Straight to Teaching programme. The flexibility this course provides is perfect in enabling me to gain my QTS while I continue working at my school which is also amazingly supportive. Natasha Vock-Betton, learner S2T has given me the opportunity to start my teaching career. The support I received from my tutor and her colleagues at HCUK has been first class. They have provided me with all the tools I need to succeed and gain my QTS. Louis Aristides, learner I find the presentations extremely useful and the learning diary helps me to see what I am already doing but what I can further improve on. Lucy Cole, learner 14 START DATES Straight to Teaching programmes begin at regular intervals throughout the year and can be tailored to individual needs. For more information, please contact us on 0800 088 6126 or email us at [email protected] APPLICATION PROCESS HOW TO APPLY To register your interest or apply for a place on our Straight to Teaching programme, e-mail [email protected] hcukonline.com or call 0800 088 6126 and request an application form. A member of the team will acknowledge receipt of your application within one working day of receiving it. Your application will then be assessed and you will normally be notified of the outcome within three to four weeks. CONTACT If you would like further information, call the S2T team on freefone 0800 088 6126, e-mail [email protected] or go to www.hcukonline.com. Hibernia College UK (HCUK) 10 Greycoat Place London SW1P 1SB Telephone: +44 (0) 207 960 6536 Email: [email protected] For more information, visit www.HCUKonline.com Limited places available. Register your interest today. We have endeavoured to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this prospectus at the time of publication. However, this information is issued as a guideline to potential applicants and interested parties. While we aim to implement what is outlined in the prospectus, we cannot undertake any obligation to provide the programme and facilities as stated and we reserve the right to amend course information, cancel, suspend or modify the course or change the entry requirements at any time. Correct at time of issue: April 2015 15 Live. Learn. Accredit your experience with Straight to Teaching Who are we? Hibernia College UK (HCUK) is a leading provider of high-quality, online and in-school teacher training and development programmes and England’s largest provider of SKE courses. Our initial Teacher Training programmes are accredited by The National College for Teaching and Leadership. What is straight to teaching? Straight to Teaching is a unique professional development programme aimed at suitable school staff who want to become fully qualified teachers. It supports and prepares learners to meet all of The QTS Standards and other criteria for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). And, when ready, provides the learner with the opportunity to be assessed and awarded QTS. Straight to teaching prgrammes Primary (ages 3-5, 5-7, 7-11) All main secondary subjects (ages 11-16 and 14-19) Other subjects may be available on request Now Enrolling Start dates Programmes begin at regular intervals throughout the year and can be tailored to the school’s needs, resources and timetable. For more information please contact us. What Next? If you would like further information, please call the S2T team on freefone 0800 088 6126, e-mail [email protected] or go to: www.HCUKonline.com Correct at time of issue: April 2015 HCUK reserves the right to amend or change the details in this prospectus at any time without prior notice. 16 Live. Learn.
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