The policy applies to Harbour Learning Trust, the legal entity that operates the SCITT – East of England Teacher Training. This document outlines the policy and procedure for recruiting trainee teachers on to a course leading to the award of QTS. As Harbour Learning Trust is the legal entity that operates the SCITT, they will enforce the policy below.
East of England Teacher Training recognises the importance of a rigorous recruitment process to secure sufficient high quality applicants to enrol as trainees on our teacher training programme. We are committed to ensuring that the recruitment and selection of trainees is a fair and effective process. Each procedure will meet the requirements of the Secretary of State’s ITT criteria and shall align with safer recruiting/safeguarding best practice.
This policy & procedure relates to applications for SCITT or School Direct vacancies and does not apply to Assessment Only. Please see separate guidance for Assessment Only Route into teaching.
Advertising of vacancies
Health and physical capacity to teach
Trainees placements will take place in schools which:
East of England Teacher Training will undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for trainees to ensure compliance with DfE criteria (excluding trainees on the School Direct salaried route where the responsibility is with the employing school).
Prior Convictions or Cautions
Dealing with cautions and convictions
The SCITT operates a formal procedure if an applicant declares on the self disclosure form, or if a DBS Certificate is returned with details of cautions and convictions.
In the event that relevant information (whether in relation to previous convictions or otherwise) is volunteered by an applicant during the recruitment process the Head of SCITT and the Advisory Board will evaluate all of the risk factors before a place is offered or confirmed (see section above). Full details of this process can be found within the EoETT Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment Policy.
Trainees on a SCITT or School Direct fee funded course are required to pay tuition fees to East of England Teacher Training during their training year.
For courses starting in September, tuition fee amounts are:
Payment of fees can be paid via a Student Finance tuition fee loan or by private finance from the trainee directly to East of England Teacher Training.
East of England Teacher Training will email trainees with the codes required to submit a student finance application after successful recruitment, and at this stage trainees must formally indicate if their preferred payment of tuition fees is not via Student Finance England.
Those paying by student loan are required to submit a Student Finance England application no later than 1st September and provide proof of application to East of England Teacher Training.
If an application to student finance is rejected, the trainee will be required to make payments by private finance in order to proceed with the course.
Payments are made directly from Student Finance England to East of England Teacher Training as per the below schedule:
Those paying via personal finance must discuss a finance payment plan with East of England Teacher Training. Usually payments will be collected in line with student finance payments and therefore the trainee will be invoiced as per the below schedule.
Further details relating to fee payments can be found in the EOETT Fees Policy
It is important that all adults working with children understand that the nature of their work and the responsibilities related to it, place them in a position of trust. Trainees must be clear about appropriate and safe behaviours for working with children in paid or unpaid capacities, in all settings and in all contexts.
Social Media usage
Working in a school environment means having access, in a variety of ways, to information that must be regarded as confidential. As a general rule, all information received, no matter how it is received, should be regarded as sensitive and confidential. Trainees must not discuss school business outside of school and if they do will breach Part 2 of the Teachers’ Standards.
Trainee Learning Charter
You will be asked to sign and agree to this during the induction training.
East of England Teacher Training expects you to have high professional standards at all times. We believe that trainee teachers need to develop key attributes in order to be a successful teacher. During the course you will be asked to reflect on these seven areas of learning and ensure that you exemplify them at all times:
The DfE (2017) has identified these seven areas of learning as key behaviours for effective leadership. Being proficient in these areas, as a trainee, will ensure progressive professional development into your NQT year and beyond. We see trainees as leaders within their classroom and expect them to act as such.
Commitment: The best trainees are committed to their pupils and understand the power of world-class teaching to improve social mobility, wellbeing and productivity
Collaboration: The best trainees readily engage with, and invest responsibility in, those who are best placed to improve outcomes
Personal Drive: The best trainees are self-motivated and take a creative, problem-solving approach to new challenge
Resilience: The best trainees remain courageous and positive in challenging, adverse or uncertain circumstances
Awareness: The best trainees will know themselves and their areas for development, continually re ect on their own and others’ practices and understand how best to approach difficult or sensitive issues
Integrity: The best trainees act with honesty, transparency and always in the interests of the school and its pupils complete and submit assignments by the identified deadline;
Respect: The best trainees respect the rights, views, beliefs and faiths of pupils, colleagues and stakeholders
If your commitment to the Learning Charter is brought into question, disciplinary action may be taken following a full investigation.
All trainees will be formatively tracked against EoETT’s personalised curriculum grid. During weekly meetings trainees will be observed, receive feedback, be tracked against the curriculum and be set targets by their mentors which are reviewed weekly. All trainees are also assessed against the Teacher Standards (at the end of the course) and this is used as a summative tool to decide if the trainee has met the standards and passed the course or not. Any trainee who is not on trajectory of meeting the EoETT curriculum will be offered a support plan and an intensive support package will be put in place, to ensure they meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course.
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