St Thomas More School is a co-educational Catholic Academy which provides for the education needs of 11-18 year old pupils from the west of Gateshead L.A. Our school aims to provide a stimulating and encouraging environment within which students can attain the highest standards of which they are capable, and to assist them in taking their place in the world outside school in a useful and fulfilling career, with a firm sense of Christian commitment.
The School has a dedicated team of teachers, both catholic and non-catholic, who work tirelessly to fulfil this aim.
St Thomas More School has developed over the past 25 years into a large, highly successful comprehensive school with extremely good examination results at every level, an intake of 235 and a long waiting list of parents seeking admission for their children. The Sixth Form is truly comprehensive with exceptionally high return rates and a wide range of courses that cater for the range of abilities of the pupils. The progression rate to Higher Education is extremely high, including successful Oxford and Cambridge entries on an annual basis.
Every aspect of the programme is aimed at developing you as a Professional. This course aims to develop your pedagogical skills and knowledge in all aspects of the relevant curriculum, ensuring you have the very best start on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher. Your studies will consider all aspects of teaching including: educational theory, behaviour management, assessment, pedagogy, pastoral care and a host of other areas specific to your teaching phase and discipline.
The programme aims to develop your skills progressively over the year. The training starts with observations of expert teachers over the first half term, progressing to you taking greater and more responsibility for classes as your confidence develops. Over the three terms you will go from observing lessons, to leading your own classes, guided and supported at every stage as you develop your skills. By the summer term you will be delivering up to 80% of an NQT’s timetable fully prepared for your first job!
You will have two contrasting school placements during your training year. Each trainee teacher will have their own experienced classroom practitioner within both schools, who will be assigned as their individual mentor. A Professional Tutor responsible for school based pedagogical training will be based in all partnership schools. Central training will take place at Sacred Heart and at Newcastle University both of which provide an extremely high standard of facilities, including resources and IT provision. Each trainee will also be assigned a centrally based SCITT Tutor who will visit them in their school setting on a half termly basis and assess their progress.
You will spend the majority of your training year in one school placement at St Thomas More. Here you will have the opportunity to establish yourself as part of the team within the department and the school, as well as building rapport with the students as you build up a teaching timetable. You will be supported in organising a short second school placement at another school, ensuring that the mentoring will be of equal quality.
You will begin by observing lessons, supporting the classroom teacher and you will slowly build up a teaching timetable, with free periods for reflective practise and feedback.
You should have a UK university awarded degree or equivalent qualification. Please note, where there is high demand for a course we reserve the right to consider a 2:1 as the minimum degree class.
For Secondary phase applicants, it is essential that the degree is in the subject to be taught, or be in a related field.
It is a condition of all ITT programmes that applicants have a minimum GCSE grade C in both English and mathematics.