On entry to their teacher training course applicants are required to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification.
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)
Landau Forte College Derby is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people, and we expect everyone who works in our College to share this commitment.
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.
How We Select Our Trainees
Landau Forte College Derby SCITT coordinates the recruitment and selection process. Once you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment process which will last approximately 2 hours. We ask candidates to deliver a 15 minute lesson in their subject area to a small group of students. An interview with a small panel will include 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.