Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Offer

Aquila, The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust, is offering 20 training places for trainees keen to become outstanding primary teachers who can inspire and motivate children with a joy of learning. We will offer bespoke training in a lead school which is currently graded Good or is rapidly improving, supported by a mentor within the school and an experienced university tutor. You will build relationships with staff and pupils from day 1, gradually building your teaching commitment until you are ready to lead the class for the majority of the week, giving you an excellent preparation for your first year as a newly qualified teacher.
The training is a mix of practical experience in school, including observations of and by key staff and supported academic study. You will be able to select the level of qualification which is accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University. Every successful trainee will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status but you might also opt to complete more academy study and achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education or Masters level credits.

We are working with CCCU to devise effective training because we recognise within our Trust, and in education in general, an issue with appointing sufficient high quality newly qualified teachers. As a group of Church schools we want to train excellent practitioners with a clear understanding of what is distinctive and different about working in a church school in a multi faith environment. We want to retain the best trainees from each cohort and offer a clear pathway of training and support from first steps into the classroom through to executive leadership.
Within the training you will specialise in early years, key stage 1 or key stage 2 and pick a curriculum subject which particularly interests you to study in more depth. However, all trainees will have the opportunity to observe and teach in a contrasting key stage so you have a good understanding of the learning before and /or after your chosen year group. You will also teach every subject in the primary curriculum. Subject specialist training days are available at CCCU to develop your interests or to develop areas of weakness.
By clicking through the Aquila website you can see some information about each of our schools and the links to their websites will tell you more. However, there is no guarantee that a particular school will be offering training places, or if they are, that they are not already well advanced in the recruitment process. Should you wish to train in a particular school, please contact them directly before making your application.
If you stay within Aquila, as a newly qualified teacher you will retain links with CCCU and have regular support from a mentor in school. Although you won't be expected to take on leadership of a subject the skills and interests you developed in training will be useful. In year 2 you will take on subject leadership, supported by the Aquila subject leadership networks. There are training opportunities to enhance your leadership skills from middle leadership to senior leadership including nationally recognised qualifications.  
The programmes explained – Postgraduate

University-led PGCE or PGDE
A one-year training programme, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the Postgraduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) are run by colleges and universities throughout the UK. The PGCE and PGDE are available for both prospective primary and prospective secondary school teachers. Students must complete a minimum of 120 days in school amongst blocks of study at their chosen provider.
* The Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education contain some credits at master’s degree level. The number of credits at this level varies a lot from one training programme to another. Some providers give you the chance to study for the credits you’d need for a full master’s degree, after you’ve completed your training.
* You don’t need a PGCE to teach in England, although you may find it useful later. Maybe you’d want to change jobs or teach in another part of the UK or another country. You might want to move on to a master’s degree. The academic level varies a lot from one training provider to another, so look at entry profiles in our search tool to find out if training programmes are offered at professional graduate level, postgraduate level, or both.
Apply via UCAS Teacher Training<https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/find-training-programme>
Search for Aquila as the lead school.
School Direct (tuition fee)
As the name suggests, the School Direct (tuition fee) route of study is unpaid. A school-led teacher training programme, the School Direct (non-salaried) route is run by a school or group of schools who work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) consortium who certify successful trainees. It’s a very popular training programme for those students who are hoping to gain a position in their training school following their training. This is an England only programme.
* Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.
* You’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries, or scholarships.
Apply via UCAS Teacher Training<https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/find-training-programme>
Search for Aquila as the lead school.

School Direct (salaried)
Those students who opt for a School Direct (salaried) training programme are employed by the school as unqualified teachers whilst they learn on-the-job. A school-led teacher training programme option, this route is available for both primary and secondary teaching and is run by the school or group of schools. These providers work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) consortium who are able to certify successful trainees. This is an England only study option.
* This is an employment-based route for high quality, experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience in schools. You’ll earn a salary while you train and won’t need to pay any fees – you should check with the provider if this also includes a PGCE.
* If you decide to apply for a School Direct (salaried) training programme, one of your references must be from an employer. If you’re self-employed and unable to provide a reference from a former employer, your referee should be someone who knows you from work, who can comment on your work and suitability for teaching.
Apply via UCAS Teacher Training<https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/find-training-programme>
Search for Aquila as the lead school.
Information about Skills Tests from February 2018
We would like to bring to your attention an announcement from the Department for Education, regarding changes to the skills tests following feedback from the teaching profession. The press release is available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/measures-announced-to-ensure-talented-trainees-get-into-teaching

As of 14 February 2018, candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. This means that the 2-year lockout period will be removed and candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects. 

Furthermore, from 14 February 2018 all candidates will be able to book three tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.  If candidates paid for and took a second or third attempt at a test on or after the 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, they will automatically receive a refund for the cost of the test.

The entry requirements to access training remain unchanged; candidates will still have to pass the skills tests prior to starting their Initial Teacher Training course. These changes simply remove financial and administrative barriers.

More information is available online at http://sta.education.gov.uk/. Alternatively, learndirect's helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am-4pm on 0300 303 9613.


Information about GCSE equivalency tests.
CCCU have been running GCSE equivalent tests for students who do not meet the requirements for English, maths and science.  However, a decision has been made that they will not be offering these tests in the future. In line with most other universities, CCCU will be using a company called Equivalency Testing.  It is hoped that they will be able to arrange test dates at the University and we are liaising with them regarding this.  The main difference is that it will be a more expensive option for students, but it will provide them with a transferrable, nationally recognised qualification.  Students will also book the tests through Equivalency Testing at http://www.equivalencytesting.com They can do this at any time and do not need to wait until they have been made an offer.
Equivalency Tests: http://www.equivalencytesting.com  
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