Teacher Training Opportunity

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Parent, July 2020

"The majority of pupils attend school regularly … a major breakthrough, when many were non-attenders or had low attendance rates previously ... A phenomenal achievement.”

Ofsted, March 2018

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Training Programme

Cressey College offers eligible Teaching Assistants the opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through our on-the-job training programme. This opportunity is ideal for those who have a degree and classroom experience, who are looking to take the next step in their careers.

If you haven’t worked in a classroom environment before but would like to become a qualified teacher in the future, working at Cressey College as a Teaching Assistant is a brilliant way to build up that crucial experience, meaning you can later apply for this opportunity.

The focus of the course is on building up your skills and experience (including a mainstream teaching placement) so that you can provide a portfolio of evidence that you meet all of the teacher’s standards.

Trainees may apply for either Primary QTS or Secondary QTS (for Secondary, focusing on a National Curriculum core or foundation subject). The duration of the course is one year, and it will involve focused training, extra study and practical teaching experience not only at Cressey but also at another placement school. We deliver this in partnership with a highly respected local maintained school. This potentially offers great prospects for those involved, and further strengthens our mutually beneficial partnerships with other schools.

Trainees would be employed by Cressey throughout the course as Unqualified Teachers, being paid at Point 1 on the Unqualified Teachers’ Pay Scale (£21,004). Upon completion of the course, successful trainees are moved onto Qualified Teachers payscale, being paid at point 1 (£28,335).

What to do if you are interested

Firstly, employees need to have proved their value to Cressey, and meet the basic admissions criteria on the left hand side of this page. Cressey staff who are interested in applying to gain Qualified Teacher Status are invited to apply in April each year.

After QTS – what happens as a Newly Qualified Teacher

It is a statutory requirement that once QTS is granted, a further year of support and assessment is to be spent as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). This is to ease new teachers into their roles and reinforce what has been learnt during training. During the NQT year teachers do have their QTS, but must complete the NQT year successfully to secure their status for the long term. (If the NQT year is not completed, their status is automatically removed after 5 years).

Applicants would continue to be employed and supported at Cressey for their NQT year, and would be required to stay working at Cressey for at least one more year after NQT is completed, as a return of service. So in summary this would be a 3 year commitment; one year of QTS training, followed by staying at Cressey for the NQT year (while being supported), followed by one Year’s return of service.

"Cressey does fantastic work, nurturing complex children who've had a seriously tough start to life, and it's really effective. Please tell us how you do it?"

Nurture Instructor for Local Schools, Feb 2018

Selection Criteria for QTS Training

According to the national statutory requirements, potential candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • at least 2 years experience in leading lessons.
  • a degree in a subject relevant to the subject you wish to train to teach.
  • GCSEs in Maths and English (Grades A-C or equivalent).
  • and for Primary QTS only, GCSE in Science (Grade A-C or equivalent).

At Cressey, potential candidates must also meet two other requirements:

  • to have been a Cressey employee for at least one year (including having passed probation).
  • to have a clean disciplinary record for the last year.