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On-Island initial teacher training programme

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We are committed to recruiting locally residentially qualified teachers wherever possible throughout the education service. Locally-based initial teacher training (ITT) provision is an important aspect of our teacher recruitment strategies.

On-Island ITT course provision has been maintained for two main reasons:

1. To provide for more mature students for whom an off-Island training option is difficult e.g. because of family commitments;

2. To help fill the Island shortfall of teachers

On-Island teacher training courses have proved to be extremely successful over the years since they were introduced in the 1990s first through distance learning with the Open University and then through a partnership with the University of Brighton. The structure of such on-Island ITT courses has had to change over the years as the UK Government's revised agenda for the teaching profession required ITT institutions to amend their teacher training programmes. Through this period of change we have maintained strong links with the University of Brighton and through a partnership with the University's School of Education have managed to maintain on-Island teacher training programmes and develop a professional development framework for Learning Support Assistants.

  • The Programme

    • The current on-Island ITT Programme replaces the previous on-Island Primary PGCE programme and provides a new route to train as a secondary teacher.
    • This Programme is an employment based route leading to Qualified Teacher Status (Guernsey). The programme will normally take a year.
  • Who Can Apply?

    • To apply for a place on the On-Island ITT Programme you must:
      • Possess a recognised honours degree
      • Applicants who wish to teach in secondary must have a degree in the subject they wish to teach
      • Have passes of A*-C in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or equivalent and, if you intend to teach in primary or Key Stage 2/3 (ages 7-14), it is also necessary to have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C in a GCSE science subject.
    • The number of places on the ITT may vary from year to year.
    • Applicants should have undertaken at least three weeks paid or voluntary work experience in schools in the phase you wish to teach.
  • What is involved?

    • You will be employed for one academic year as an unqualified teacher or instructor in a designated school and will be paid on Point 1 of the Unqualified Teacher scale. You will be bound by the same terms and conditions of any regular member of staff and will be expected to participate in the duties expected of all teaching staff.
    • All ITT trainees are placed in schools as a supernumerary. As the ITT is a training route, you are not expected to teach a full timetable; you will need time to undertake professional development activities such as lesson observations, to plan and assess and to collect evidence to meet the required standards for QTS.
    • You will be supported by a school mentor and supervised by the appropriate Education Officer during your training. General administration of the ITT will be managed on a day to day basis by the States of Guernsey.
    • Whilst a significant part of your training will be in your designated training school you will also need to attend specific training modules delivered by the University of Brighton. This will involve a number of trips off Island which will be funded by the States of Guernsey as part of the ITT.
  • Teacher Standards

    • All trainees preparing to gain Qualified Teacher Status through the ITT must demonstrate that they are able to meet the required Teachers' Standards (England) 2012 and be able to demonstrate competence in two adjacent Key Stages e.g. Key Stages 1 and 2 for primary and Key Stages 3 and 4 for secondary, in order to satisfy the requirements.
    • This means that you will carry out, together with your school based mentor and supervising Education Officer, an audit of your knowledge and experience against the Standards. This will indicate both areas of strength and areas to be developed, providing all those concerned with an overview of the actions and targets for the ITT. All the Teachers' Standards must be met and evidenced before you will be awarded QTS.
    • You will also need to have an initial audit of your subject knowledge followed by ongoing audits. Subject knowledge is also assessed through formal observations of teaching by your schools-based mentor, your subject tutor from the University of Brighton and your supervising Education Officer.
  • Individual Training and Development Programme (ITDP)

    • Following the audit process, you, together with the University of Brighton, your school mentor and supervising Education Officer, will formulate an Individual Training and Development Plan. This ITDP is at the centre of the ITT and provides the changing and developing targets that you need in order to meet the Teachers' Standards. It is revised as the programme progresses so that you can develop all the necessary subject knowledge and teaching experience.
    • All trainees must work in two schools over the course of the programme and you are required to spend a minimum of six weeks working in the second school in order to broaden your teaching experience.
    • For the ITT to be both compliant and in line with national teacher training expectations, you will be required to engage in 60 days training. This training is distinct from your teaching commitments and will normally take place in your placement schools and through the University of Brighton.
    • A final assessment of your achievements against the Teachers' Standards is undertaken by the University.
  • What Qualification will I eventually achieve?

    • ITT trainees who successfully satisfy the Teachers' Standards are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (Guernsey) by the States of Guernsey with the accreditation of the award through the University of Brighton. Please note that QTS (Guernsey) is currently only recognised in Guernsey and so may restrict your opportunity to work off-Island in future.
    • If you would like any further information about the training scheme or wish to apply please contact our Head of Professional Development, Liz Falla  .

In the following video, one of our current trainee teachers explains why she chose to train on-Island through the ITT scheme and how her training is going.

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PO Box 32,  Grange Road,  St Peter Port,  Guernsey,  GY1 3AU

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01481 733000

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