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initial teacher training (itt)

Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Trainee teachers often say that the best aspect of their training year was getting into the classroom to experience the role first hand and have the chance to work with a range of pupils and staff with years of experience in their field. ITT with HOSTA is based in our schools along with mainstream partners and in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton. This has been a successful partnership for several years and we are keen to develop this relationship in the future.

 HOSTA is very proud to offer an excellent experience of teacher training for our candidates, sharing our expertise in SEN and supporting the transfer of these skills into mainstream settings. You will have a personalised and memorable learning journey working alongside our alliance partners and the University of Wolverhampton.

There are currently 3 routes we offer into the teaching profession, all of which are supported by the University of Wolverhampton:

School Direct Tuition PGCE 

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and are entitled to bursaries and student loans.

 Trainees begin the year with a block of lectures on campus at Walsall, working on theory and curriculum background to prepare you for the first placement in a special school. You will have a second, main placement in a mainstream primary setting during the spring term. Written assignments are set by the university and you are assigned a university tutor and school based mentor to support you throughout the course.

School Direct Salaried

The School Direct Salaried route is for high quality graduates and ideally suited to career changers with ideally three years’ work experience. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your training year, where you will work for four days per week whilst receiving an unqualified teacher’s salary. It provides university and school-based training and opportunities for up to 40 Masters level credits. Schools receive funding to contribute towards training costs and the salary.

 This route involves two teaching placements, one as a main placement in a special school and a second, shorter placement in a mainstream primary setting where you will work in a different key stage. The course involves regular taught sessions at the University campus based in Walsall. This is where you work on theory and curriculum background and prepare for your written assignments. You are assigned a university and a school based tutor for the duration of the course.

Developing Emotional Resilience and Wellbeing April 2016