School-Funded (Previously Self-Funded)

Course Profile

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

The school employs a graduate as an unqualified teacher, pays the salary and funds the training fees. The MSC carries out the training, giving full support to both the school and the trainee. The training is fully comparable to that given to National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) funded trainees. Trainees continue to be employed by the school following the achievement of QTS. 

The expectation is that the candidate has had some prior school experience and that the school has already interviewed and appointed the graduate. The school may give them experience prior to the training. All candidates must be interviewed by the MSC partnership to assess their suitability for training. 

All candidates are expected to show that they can communicate in both spoken and written standard English, also have a good level of Maths. This will need to be verified by a numeracy and literacy written test, which are based on the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Skills tests that all trainee teachers must pass before they start the course. 

As a general guide, it is usual that at least 50% of the candidate’s degree studies should be directly related to their chosen specialist teaching subject. 

It is a government requirement that the trainee has a teaching contract and is paid on at least the first point of the unqualified teacher scale. This contract must be for the 10 month training period. 

Please note that a mandatory second school experience must be carried out according to the NCTL teacher training requirements. 

School-Funded trainees wishing to submit their assignments at Master’s level, leading to the award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)with 60 M level credits, will be required to pay the accreditation fee charged by the Bath Spa University. This will be in the region of £450. Those trainees who do not wish to have their assignments assessed at M level will only be awarded QTS on successful completion of their course. 

General information about the programme and the training provided by the MSC are as follows:

All documents required throughout the training year are provided. A handbook is provided for both the trainee and mentor. There is an expectation that all subject mentors attend mentor training provided by the MSC. 

The trainee attends the Induction days held at Crispin School with the Partnership Manager.

Every MSC trainee, regardless of training route or prior experience, will be expected to undertake a new DBS check.

 The trainee has an appointed subject mentor who meets with the trainee for 1 hour per week.

 The trainee has a maximum teaching timetable of 60%.

 The trainee has a minimum of one lesson observation per week with feedback (may be subject mentor/HOD/SLT).

 The trainee has some type of pastoral role within the school this may be attachment to a tutor group/boarding house etc.

 Tuesday afternoons and every other Tuesday (all day) are not timetabled – this is when the majority of the core Professional Training (PT) takes place. Subject development training sessions are timetabled as part of the PT calendar.

This route incurs course fees of £9000, this can be paid by the school-funded trainees or the employing school. It can be paid to the MSC in 3 instalment of £3000 or £900 per month. School-Funded trainees are not entitled to bursaries or student loans.