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Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST)

Introduction

The Cardinal Vaughan School, part of the Royal Borough Teaching Alliance (www.rbtsa.co.uk), in conjunction with St Mary’s University, Twickenham is offering specialist subject training. The courses are designed for non- specialist teachers considering teaching French, Spanish, Mathematics and Physics or those non-specialist currently teaching these subjects or those returning to work. Teachers will have the opportunity to develop their subject knowledge, pedagogy and become more confident and prepared classroom practitioners.

Each course will provide:

  • A structured series of four 2-hour face-to-face twilight sessions covering subject knowledge and pedagogy in key areas of the subject.
  • Lesson observations and detailed feedback from an experienced practitioner.
  • Allocation of an expert specialist mentor.
  • Focused independent learning tasks on key areas of subject knowledge and pedagogy.
  • Observing subject lessons by experienced teachers.
  • Resources and key materials.
  • Successful completion of the course is worth 30 Master’s level credits (Accreditation and certification will be undertaken by St Mary’s University.)
  • A programme of study devised by an outstanding university teacher training provider and an outstanding academy school with a wealth expertise in teaching training, professional learning and development.  

 Mathematics and Physics

Teacher subject specialism training in mathematics and physics was launched in 2015 to 2016 and aims to build the capacity of non-specialists who may be able to move into a mathematics or physics role. In addition, it aims to upskill non-specialists who are currently teaching mathematics or physics and those looking to return to the profession.

Modern Foreign Languages

Teacher subject specialism training in secondary modern foreign languages (MFL) was launched in 2016 to 2017 to build additional capacity to provide the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). In addition to non-specialists and returning teachers, this programme is available to specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching MFL but who need refresher training, to enable a move back to an MFL role. This training could also be of benefit to teachers who may be able to teach a second language in addition to their specialist subject.

Costs

This training is free of charge for participants.

Eligibility

For secondary mathematics and physics, eligible participants include:

  • non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach secondary mathematics or physics in addition to, or as their main subject
  • non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching mathematics or physics (either full-time or in addition to the specialist subject)
  • teachers who are looking to return to the profession

In addition to non-specialists and returning teachers, teacher subject specialism training in modern foreign languages (MFL) also targets specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching MFL but who need refresher training, to enable a move back to an MFL role. This training could also be of benefit to teachers who may be able to teach a second language in addition to their specialist subject. Eligible participants for this include:

  • teachers not currently teaching MFL with post A level MFL qualifications
  • teachers not currently teaching MFL who have good A level qualifications
  • teachers not teaching MFL who are native/ near native speakers
  • non-specialist teachers currently teaching MFL in addition to their specialist subject
  • specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching MFL and who need refresher training to enable a move back to an MFL role
  • specialist MFL teachers who have the capacity to teach a new language in addition to their language specialism
  • teachers who are looking to return to the profession
  • overseas trained teachers

Other eligibility criteria

  • Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) are eligible.
  • Primary teachers are only eligible if they will be teaching year 7/8 pupils as part of cross-school key stage 2/3 collaboration (for example in a multi-academy trust (MAT)) or if they have firm plans to convert from primary to a secondary teaching post.
  • Participants who are members of and have been awarded qualified teacher learning and skills status (QTLS) by the Society for Education are eligible for the programme if they have firm plans to teach a teacher subject specialism training subject in a secondary school or sixth-form college.
  • Supply teachers and peripatetic teachers are eligible only if they do not have a contract with a school and are committed to returning to a permanent post in a secondary school or sixth-form college.
  • Teachers without qualified teacher status (QTS) working in academies are eligible for the programme.
  • Participants may undertake a second teacher subject specialism training programme only where they can show that it will lead to an increase in their teaching hours in that subject. This will be by exception and NCTL will consider this on a case-by-case basis.
  • Overseas trained teachers should be resident and eligible to work in the UK, and actively seeking a post in secondary school or sixth-form college.

Ineligible participants

Participants who are not eligible include:

  • initial teacher training (ITT) trainees
  • higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs)
  • teaching assistants (TAs) and other support staff
  • teachers from independent schools
  • further education (FE) teachers

If you are a returning teacher, please register with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Please visit Get into Teaching for further information and additional support for teachers returning to the profession.

Registration

Those wishing to participant should click here.

Key Dates

Deadline for Applications

29 September 2017

Lesson Observations

September - October 2017

Individual Training Plans

September – November 2017

Introduction Meetings

30 October 2017 4pm – 6pm

Session One

23 November 4pm-6pm

Review of Training Plans

Individual Appointments –tba

Session Two

22 January 2018 4pm -6pm

Lesson Observations

January –February 2018

Session Three

12 March 2018 4-6pm

Review of Training Plans

Individual Appointments –tba

Session Four

21 May 2018

Lesson Observations

May-June 2018

Evaluation and review of Training Plans and Portfolio of Evidence

22 June 2018

Final Assessment

Tba (St Mary’s University)

Deadline for MA Unit accreditation

Tba (St Mary’s University)

Certification

The accreditation and certification of this course will be undertaken by St Mary’s University. Those candidates wishing to apply for the MA (30) credits should indicate this as soon as possible.

Further Information

 For further information please contact teachingschool@cvms.co.uk

 

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