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Thea: English trainee teacher

  • Is a 35 year old graduate
  • Has worked as a solicitor in a practice in Yeovil for the past 7 years.
  • Her degree is in English and Law
  • She has GCSE Maths and English and A-levels in English Literature, History and Maths.
  • She has primary school aged children and has recently been working part time to enable her to care for them.
  • She would like the challenge of a new career and has really enjoyed helping out at her children’s school.
  • She contacted the MSC who arranged for her to gain some school experience in one of their partnership secondary schools. This has confirmed her desire to teach.

She is now training at a local secondary school in Yeovil on a fee paying route. The fees are £9250 for which Thea has taken out a student loan and she is receiving a £15,000 tax bursary paid over 10 months. She is studying for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Benefits of training with the MSC for Thea

  • Training in a school local to home means that she can manage her child care.
  • The ‘on the job’ training means she is part of the school community and she has built up good relationships with staff and pupils.
  • Weekly training at the MSC means she can catch up with fellow trainees, swap ideas and talk to MSC staff about any issues or worries.
  • Training within a group where there are other mums in her position who understand the pressures that she may be facing.
  • The MSC are close at hand and know her school well. If there are any worries or problems they are able to respond quickly.
  • Thea’s prospects of getting a job locally are high as over 95% of MSC trainees secure employment within their training year.
  • The MSC will provide support for Thea beyond her training year.

 

John: Maths trainee teacher

  • Is a 24 year old cover supervisor in a local secondary school.
  • Has just completed his part time Open University degree in education with maths.
  • He has GCSE English and Maths and no A levels.
  • He lives with his partner who is an engineer.
  • He really enjoys his work in school but now feels that hwould like to progress to be ‘the teacher’.
  • At interview it was decided that he should undertake a 4 month on-line subject knowledge enhancement course in maths to ‘top up’ her subject knowledge before training. He was paid £200 per week to complete this and was able to fit in the 25 hour a week commitment in the evenings and on weekends.

John is now training to teach maths on a fee paying route in a secondary school in Taunton. He has a £20,000 tax free bursary paid over 10 months. He is paying £4500 of her fees from his bursary in monthly instalments and has taken out a student loan to cover the remaining £4500 fees. He is studying for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Benefits of training with the MSC for John

  • John was able to train in a school close to home.
  • The ‘on the job’ training means he is part of the school community and he has built up good relationships with staff and pupils.
  • Weekly training at the MSC means he can catch up with fellow trainees, swap ideas and talk to MSC staff about any issues or worries.
  • The MSC are close at hand and know his school well. If there are any worries or problems they are able to respond quickly.
  • John's prospects of getting a job locally are high as over 95% of MSC trainees secure employment within their training year.
  • The MSC will provide support for John beyond her training year.

 

Dean: Chemistry trainee teacher

  • Is a 49 year old Chemistry Graduate.
  • Has worked for 21 years as an accounts manager for a firm in Taunton.
  • He has O levels in maths, biology and English and A level Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
  • He lives locally and is married with three teenage children.
  • He feels that he has achieved everything he is going to in his current job and now wants to ‘give something back’ to the community.
  • He is a keen runner and coaches athletics to teenagers in the summer.
  • Dean contacted the MSC who arranged for him to gain some school experience in one of their partnership secondary schools. This has confirmed his desire to teach.
  • At interview it was decided that he should undertake a 6 month on-line subject knowledge enhancement course in chemistry to refresh his subject knowledge before training. He was paid £200 per week to complete this and was able to fit in the 25 hour a week commitment in the evenings and on weekends.

Dean is training as a Chemistry teacher on a fee paying route in a school just outside Taunton. He is teaching all three sciences to Y7, 8 and 9 and Chemistry to Y10. He receives a £26000 tax free bursary paid over 10 months and has taken out a student loan for £9250 to cover his fees. He is studying for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Benefits of training with the MSC for Dean

  • Dean was able to train in a school close to home.
  • The MSC were able to advise Dean on the most beneficial training route for him as a home owner and financial responsibilities.
  • Dean did not want to go back to university, he wanted on the job training and enjoys the weekly training sessions with the MSC.
  • Dean’s prospects of getting a job locally are high as over 95% of MSC trainees secure employment within their training year.
  • The MSC will provide support for Dean beyond his training year.

 

Rita: RE trainee teacher

  • Is currently employed as an unqualified RE teacher at a local secondary school.
  • She has GCSE maths and English and A levels in RE, English and History.
  • She has a degree in ethics and anthropology.
  • She lives with his partner who is a maths teacher.
  • The school are keen to hold on to Rita and want her to continue to teach part time on a salary and train at the same time.

Rita is training as an RE teacher on a School Direct salaried route at her previous employing school. She is paid on point 1 of the unqualified teachers’ scale (approx. £17,200 per annum) this is taxable and subject to NI payments etc. There are no training fees payable by Rita. Rita is teaching 13 hours a week in school and then travels to Crispin School in Street on a Tuesday for Professional training. Rita has decided not to study for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) she is only studying for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If she had elected to study for the PGCE she would have had to pay the accreditation fee of approximately £850.

Benefits of training with the MSC for Rita

  • She is able to continue in his role as unqualified teacher at the same school.
  • She is paid a salary and incurs no training fees.
  • She is released from school on Tuesdays to attend MSC professional training.
  • Rita benefits from the same MSC training and support as a fee paying trainee.
  • The school have indicated that a post will likely be available to her after she has completed his training.
  • The MSC will provide support for Rita beyond his training year.
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