Training Routes

Training routes available with the MSC

There are a number of routes available to Qualified Teacher Status(QTS) offered at MSC:

Training covers the 11 to 16 (18) age range across a range of secondary subjects. Subjects offered this year are English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Music, Physical Education, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Computer Science, DT, Business Studies and Geography.

 Training Route

QTS 

  PGCE Offered

 

 Training in

independent

Sector

  Training in

 Maintained

 Sector

 MSC

Professional

Training 

 Subject

enhancement

training 

School Direct Fee Paying
School Direct Salaried
SCITT core
School-funded
Assessment Only 

 

Course title: SCITT Fee-Paying

Course Fees: £9000

Bursary Entitlement: Subject Dependant

Duration: 1st September-30th June

School Placement Location: Central Somerset

Lead school/Alliance: MSC SCITT Places

Training Provider: Mid Somerset Consortium 

Course title: School Direct Fee-Paying

Course Fees: £9000

Bursary Entitlement: Subject Dependant

Duration: 1st September-30th June

School Placement Location: North Dorset/Taunton and West Somerset 

Lead school/Alliance: North Dorset Teaching Alliance and Taunton Teaching Alliance 

Training Provider: Mid Somerset Consortium

 

The MSC works in partnership to offer SCITT and School Direct fee paying training routes to candidates. In all cases the training received by trainees is the same. The MSC works collaboratively with most of the secondary schools in Somerset and North Dorset; we work together to ensure that trainees get the best training opportunity possible on the most appropriate route for them. We will always look at applications that we receive and work with our partners to find the best route for candidates (which may not be what the candidate has applied for).

Options

  1. Apply directly to the MSC. The MSC has a wide range of subjects which it offers as SCITT places. These are advertised directly under the MSC on UCAS.
  2. School Direct through the Taunton Teaching Alliance (TTA). The TTA is an alliance of schools in the Taunton area which offer teaching training places within their schools in a limited number of subjects. The MSC is the TTA’s Teacher Training Provider for School Direct and candidates applying to the TTA will be trained by the MSC and have school placements in TTA schools.
  3. School Direct through the North Dorset Teaching Schools Alliance (NDTSA). The NDSTA is an alliance of schools in North Dorset (Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Gryphon in Sherborne, Sturminster Newton and the Blandford school. They offer teaching training places within their schools in a wide range of subjects. The MSC is the NDSTA’s Teacher Training Provider for School Direct and candidates applying to the NDSTA will be trained by the MSC and have school placements in North Dorset schools.

 Each of the three options is considered a separate choice on UCAS. If a candidate chooses more than one of the above options then the MSC will approach the candidate to seek guidance on any preferences and to discuss how the candidate would like to proceed with the different applications. We work to place candidates in the most appropriate schools and settings; the MSC, TTA and NDSTA work collaboratively to achieve this with our schools taking trainees from a variety of different routes.

 The MSC’s fees for each of the training routes above for 2019 2020 is £9000. Every fee paying trainee is entitled to a student loan from the Student Loans Company to cover all or part of this. Alternatively, trainees may pay from their bursaries, from private funds or any mixture of these.

  

 

 Course title: School Direct Salaried

Course Fees: Nil

Bursary Entitlement: Not Applicable

Duration: 1st September-30th June

School Placement Location: Central Somerset

Lead school/Alliance: Crispin School Direct Alliance

Training Provider: Mid Somerset Consortium

 

 Course title: School Funded

Course Fees: £9000 to be paid by School 

Bursary Entitlement: Not Applicable

Duration: 1st September-30th June

School Placement Location: Central Somerset, Schools will approach MSC with a candidate in place

Lead school/Alliance: MSC Places

Training Provider: Mid Somerset Consortium

Each year the MSC will respond to the staffing shortages with in its partnership schools and train teachers on salaried routes. These trainees will have experience of working in schools as cover supervisors, teaching assistants or unqualified teachers. They will teach up to 13 hours per week (or 26 hours over a fortnight) from 1st Sept as unqualified teachers with their own classes. This is a demanding route through to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The salaried trainees attend MSC professional training on Tuesdays, have dedicated subject mentor and an initial teacher training coordinator (ITTC) in school. They have a second school placement in January, in a complementary setting, for 4 weeks. The employing school continues to pay their wages during this time.

The funding from the DfE for this training route covers the QTS qualification and does not include funding for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). If trainees wish to study for this additional qualification they would be liable for the accreditation fee set by our partners, Bath Spa University. This cost is currently £500 but is subject to change.

We only advertise a limited range of salaried courses on UCAS. We can never guarantee that we have any partnership schools able to support a trainee on a salaried route but, with the candidate’s permission, we circulate the candidate’s UCAS application to our partners to see if any school is interested. We are willing to repeat this process at different points in the year as schools’ staffing circumstances do change and positions can become available.

For subjects that we do not advertise on UCAS, we ask interested candidates to email a CV and covering letter directly to us and we will approach our partnership schools. We are unlikely to be able to offer a salaried training route but sometimes schools do have vacancies. Schools are very unlikely to appoint a trainee to a salaried post who has not got significant experience of working in a secondary school.

 

The MSC is registered to train teachers via an apprenticeship route. This will mostly happen when a partnership school approaches the MSC with a candidate in mind e.g. a graduate Teaching Assistant currently working at that school wishing to ‘up skill’ to a teacher.

An apprenticeship training route works in the same manner as a salaried route (above). If successful the trainees are awarded QTS on 1st July in the training year but will continue to be ‘apprentices’ until an End Point Assessment is undertaken in the following September by an external body. Schools are able to use their apprenticeship levy funding to pay the trainees’ fees and the schools may also receive a salary grant to support the trainees’ salaries in certain subjects. 

For all of the above places the MSC is the training provider. Every trainee will visit the MSC on Tuesdays for professional training.

This year places are unlimited in most subjects. Shortage subjects are likely to recruit until the end of July. However, some subjects may close earlier, such as PE, History and Drama. This is because application rate will be higher and the requirement for these subjects is nationally reduced. We recommend early application for all subjects.

Benefits for applying early

  • More school availability, this may mean the school is closer to home for you.
  • Time to complete a SKE if required.
  • Adequate time for pre-course prep and induction.

 

 

 

 

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