On entry to their teacher training course applicants are required to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification.
For secondary applicants this must normally be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.
On your application form, give us the details of what you’ve studied at degree level and make a case for why it’s relevant. We aim to look sympathetically at each application but you need to be aware that subject knowledge is an increasingly important element in the assessment of trainee teachers.
Although you will have the chance to improve and, perhaps, update your subject knowledge, the course is not designed to teach the subject itself – it is designed to teach you how to teach it.
You might want to consider taking action to develop your subject knowledge prior to coming on the course and there are an increasing number of specific courses being developed to support this, details of which can be obtained through the Department for Education website.
We do require you to hold passes in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above, or standard equivalence to C grade/ grade 4 test. Please note that neither key and functional skills tests nor English Literature at GCSE are equivalent.
For secondary applicants, we can consider you if you do not have these GCSE qualifications at the time you apply, but you must obtain them before the course starts.
Health and Physical Capacity to Teach
We will only ask questions about health necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach. We have a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of trainees with special requirements and disabilities. You are welcome to discuss any requirements with us at any time.
As a training provider we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to fairness and equality of opportunity to all candidates and are committed to the principle that every member of the college community is entitled to equal opportunities irrespective of age, disability, race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion.
Disclose and Barring Service (DBS)
All providers have regard to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ when carrying out duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Providers have a duty to ensure that all trainees have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks including a check of the children’s barred list.
Other background checks
Trainees from overseas who teach in schools in England are subject to criminal record checks, including a check of the children’s barred list. As a provider or employer, we have a duty to check that candidates are not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State and/or are not prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA).
Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests
Whilst you are not required to have applied and passed these before interview you are strongly recommended to take these as soon as possible.
All applicants with a conditional offer must have passed these prior to coming on the course.
Please note that we do not accept requests for deferred applications. Anyone who wishes to apply for an ITE course should do so in the year prior to entry.
What We Are Looking For
A desire to teach and work with young people
A genuine interest in young people and a passion for their development and well-being are key.
We are looking for candidates to demonstrate that they understand that young people are at the heart of education. Two weeks experience in a school is an essential requirement.
Effective communication skills
All teachers need to be able to communicate well. But don’t worry – we won’t expect you to arrive on day one fully confident in addressing large groups of people!
During the year you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make and you’ll get lots of practical support from us.
A commitment to work hard on the course
Yes, we do expect you to be resilient, work hard and be committed, but the work will be rewarding. Teaching is a job where you can really make a difference to young people’s lives.
Determination to succeed
Success rates on the Landau Forte College Derby ITE programmes are high. It isn’t because the course is easy! It is because of the high calibre of the students on the course, the programme itself and the tutors in the partnership schools.
If we offer you a place on the course, we’ll be committed to helping you make a success of it.
A readiness to listen, share and learn
Teaching is about working with others – students, colleagues, parents and carers. By working in our schools we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other students and with our teachers.
We think this is the best way of learning to teach effectively.
A flexible approach to learning and teaching
We are looking for trainees with a can-do attitude who are enthusiastic about their subject and are keen to embrace the full range of opportunities which are available to them in a career in teaching.
We are looking for people who can demonstrate that they are prepared to learn and to develop themselves into reflective, effective practitioners.
You need to be open to new ideas, willing to review your own progress and reflect on the new situations in which you will find yourself. Most of all, you should see this programme as the first step in a lifelong journey to discover learning.
You also need to be organised and independent. By the end of the year you will be taking responsibility for other people’s learning as well as your own.
How We Select Our Trainees
Landau Forte College Derby SCITT coordinates the recruitment and selection process. We screen your application for evidence of the characteristics listed under ‘What we are looking for’. Once you have been shortlisted, you can expect to spend a half day at the College. During this time you will observe a learning session in your subject and have informal discussions with learning tutors. You will be expected to lead a task with a group of students and evaluate the learning from the day. At the start of your interview you will be asked to give a short presentation. Your interview will consist of some general and subject specific questions which will allow you to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for learning.
The recruitment and selection process provides the information we need to tailor the training programme to suit your needs. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to select the people with the skills and qualities we are looking for – those who will make the very best trainee teachers.
After the course
Most of the trainees who train at Landau Forte College Derby go on to teach in the East Midlands region and many gain posts in the schools in which they have completed their training.
Trainees are supported after their programme with conditional places on the Improving Teaching or Outstanding Teaching Programmes. The PGCE with Master’s level credits means that trainees can continue their learning journey with a MA in Education with our partner, Derby University or another HEI.