What is elearnITT?
elearnITT is our postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) programme aimed at individuals who want to train to become a secondary teacher of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or MFL.
It offers high-quality subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) integrated with ITT and blends interactive online learning with in- school experience and other face-to-face learning.
The programme has been developed in partnership with a network of Hub Schools throughout England. All trainees who successfully complete all elements of the programme are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Maths, Physics and Chemistry trainees are also given the opportunity to gain the academic award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education* (PGCE) by completing three additional written assignments during the second year.
The aim of the programme is to address shortages of Maths, Physics, Chemistry and MFL teachers in England by providing a more accessible path to becoming a fully qualified secondary school teacher. Our programme is intended to be as flexible as possible so that trainee teachers can fit learning in around existing personal and professional commitments.
It is a national programme delivered locally through a combination of online lectures and tutorials, face-to-face tuition, and school experience organised by HCUK through our national network of Hub Schools. Experienced subject-specific pathway tutors guide and support trainees through the programme. Whether it is online or face-to-face support during the in-school experience, they are on hand to coach trainees and facilitate effective progress towards QTS.
Our elearnITT programme is the only ITT programme to offer integrated SKE as standard. This ensures that our trainees have the right level of knowledge and skill to teach their chosen subject.
*The PGCE option is currently only available to Maths, Physics and Chemistry trainees.
Who should apply?
Motivated individuals who have a passion to teach Maths, Physics, Chemistry or MFL and meet the following entry criteria:
New one year English PGCE starting September 2014
|Subject||Programme length||Optional PGCE||Application Deadline||Start Date|
|Maths, Physics, Chemistry or MFL||Up to 24 months||Yes||13th June 2014||21st July 2014|
|Maths, Physics, Chemistry or MFL||Up to 24 months||Yes||18th July 2014||22nd September 2014|
|English||One year||Yes||18th July 2014||22nd September 2014|
|Maths, Physics, Chemistry or MFL||Up to 24 months||Yes*||23rd Jan 2015||23rd March 2015|
*Our PGCE option is currently under review and subject to final approval for trainees starting in 2015
Why choose elearnITT?
Trainee teachers should choose HCUK’s elearnITT programme because:
*The PGCE option is currently only available to Maths, Physics and Chemistry trainees.
Online learning is delivered via Moodle, an innovative and interactive e-learning platform.
This platform means that trainees can learn in their spare time and fit the online elements of the programme in around existing personal and professional commitments.
Trainees will be issued with login details for Moodle at the start of their course. They can then access course materials, the online library, lessons and tutorials from any Internet-enabled device. This can be done anywhere in the world, at any time, making learning extremely flexible. Maths, Physics and Chemistry trainees will also benefit from access to our partner university’s e-library when completing the PGCE assignments.
All elearnITT trainees are encouraged to attend regular interactive online tutorial sessions, where they can discuss the topics in more detail, ask questions and interact with other trainees. Tutorial sessions are usually held in the early evening and last around one hour. It is important that trainees attend these sessions but it is inevitable that some trainees will not be able to attend every session.
That is why all the sessions are recorded and made available on Moodle, allowing trainees to revisit any missed sessions at their leisure.
Subject-specific pathway tutor
An important part of the delivery of the programme is the use of specialist pathway tutors. Every trainee on the course is appointed a personal pathway tutor, who will mentor them and work with them to draw up and adhere to an agreed learning plan and calendar. These pathway tutors are subject specialists and will also coach the trainee in subject knowledge and teaching-skill development.
An essential part of the delivery of the programme is the in-school experience. All trainees are required to complete three terms (up to 36 weeks) of in-school experience during the second half of the programme. This in-school experience is supplemented with continuing online training and support. Trainees will also be granted regular study leave from school to complete online training and tasks.
We understand that finding school placements can be difficult and that is why our team works closely with a network of schools across England. We help all our trainees to find school placements that are close to where they live (less than 90 minutes travel).
During the in-school experience, trainees will be supported by experienced subject-specific, school-based mentors as well as by their visiting pathway tutors. Individual training plans guide and support the training experience and make links to the online components so trainees can put the knowledge and skills that they have learnt into practice. Pathway tutors make up to nine visits to see each trainee during the in-school experience to observe teaching and support and guide trainees towards QTS.
Trainees are encouraged to attend a number of on-site workshops and tutorials as part of the blended-learning programme. On-site days will typically take place on a Saturday at one of our Hub Schools. These workshops are designed to further enhance the integration of what is learned online with what is learned in school. They also offer trainees the opportunity to meet their peers and to forge the creation of learning communities, which can prove to be an invaluable source of peer support for online learners, both when online and when in-school.
While trainees are supported throughout the programme by an individually assigned pathway tutor, our programmes do suit individuals who enjoy being independent learners, who value the flexibility and accessibility to manage their own learning at a pace that suits them.
HCUK’s assessment strategy is based on a formative (self-reflective) assessment. Trainees are continually assessed with a final summative assessment based on a portfolio of tasks undertaken over the period of the course. This assessment strategy is designed to evidence whether the trainee has met the Teachers’ Standards. The assessment process includes end-of-session tasks and reflections, peer review of learning activities, and evaluating the impact of the trainees’ teaching on pupils’ progress.
Trainees will be continuously assessed by their individually assigned pathway tutor, who will monitor end-of-session tasks, self-assessment grids, Learning Diary entries and other contributions.
During the in-school experience, trainees will be assessed continually by their school-based mentors, senior school managers and pathway tutor to ensure they make effective progress towards achieving the Teachers’ Standards.
Trainees who opt in to the PGCE will be required to complete three supplementary written assignments during the second year. These assignments are in addition to the other elements of the programme.
The pathway tutor, in conjunction with the programme director, will be responsible for monitoring, assessing and reporting on each trainee’s progress and performance periodically throughout the duration of the elearnITT course, as well as more formally at the end of the course.
Programme outcomes Our elearnITT programme helps trainees to gain:
*MFL trainees are currently only eligible for the award of QTS and cannot opt in to the PGCE elements of the elearnITT programme.
Most home/EU trainees will be eligible to receive a tax-free training bursary from the NCTL. The bursary will be paid directly to the trainee by HCUK in monthly instalments over the period of their chosen programme.
The amount of bursary that a trainee receives is based on individual circumstances. Usually, the bursary amount is calculated on the trainee’s chosen subject, the level of their degree qualification and the amount of SKE included in their elearnITT programme.
The figures below are based on a trainee undertaking a full elearnITT programme starting during academic year 2013/14, providing a 16-unit (32 weeks) or 12-unit (24 weeks) SKE programme, as well as ITT. A trainee will only receive the maximum training bursary if they complete the programme in its entirety.
|Degree class||Subject||ITT bursary||SKE bursary||Total||22 monthly instalments (rounded)|
|Trainees with a First Class degree from a UK university or equivalent||Maths, Physics or Chemistry(32 week SKE)||£20,000||£6,400||£26,400||£1,200|
|Trainees with a First Class degree from a UK university or equivalent||French, German or Spanish(24 week SKE)||£20,000||£4,800||£24,800||£1,127|
|Trainees with a 2:1 degree from a UK university or equivalent||Maths, Physics or Chemistry(32 weeks SKE)||£15,000||£6,400||£21,400||£973|
|Trainees with a 2:1 degree from a UK university or equivalent||French, German or Spanish(24 week SKE)||£15,000||£4,800||£19,800||£900|
|Trainees with a 2:2 degree from a UK university or equivalent||Maths, Physics or Chemistry(32 week SKE)||£12,000||£6,400||£18,400||£836|
|Trainees with a 2:2 degree from a UK university or equivalent||French, German or Spanish(24 week SKE)||£12,000||£4,800||£16,800||£763|
As part of the elearnITT programme, trainees may be able to access an SKE bursary of up to £6,400 (depending on the length of the SKE course). HCUK is responsible for requesting this funding on the trainee’s behalf and, if successful, the SKE bursary will be added to the trainee’s ITT bursary and paid to the trainee in equal monthly instalments by HCUK as outlined on page 12.
The SKE bursary will vary depending on the length of the SKE programme. Most Maths, Physics and Chemistry trainees will complete 32 weeks of SKE. Most French, German and Spanish trainees will complete 24 weeks of SKE.
The table below outlines the elearnITT tuition fees for home/EU trainees who meet the entry criteria. Trainees may choose to use their NCTL bursary to cover some or all of their elearnITT tuition fees.
|Programme type||Payment type||Non-refundable deposits(payable at the start of each academic year)||Tuition fees per year (including deposits)||Total tuition fees payable (full two-year programme)|
|elearnITT with PGCE(two-year programme)||Instalments||£520||£5,200||£10,400*|
|elearnITT without PGCE(two-year programme)||Instalments||£520||£4,950||£9,900*|
*Please note that the fees outlined above are based on HCUK successfully accessing SKE funding for the trainee from the NCTL to cover the full cost of the integrated SKE programme. If SKE funding is not available additional fees may apply.
Trainees who pay their tuition fees in advance at the start of the academic year will receive a tuition fee discount totalling £500. All elearnITT trainees will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit at the beginning of each academic year.
Trainees who opt to pay their tuition fees in instalments will be required to pay the non-refundable deposit at the beginning of each academic year followed by 10 equal monthly instalments totalling the amount highlighted in the tuition fees per year column above.
Loans and Grants
Home/EU trainees may be able to apply for a tuition fee loan and/or a living cost loan or grant through the Student Loans Company to help with costs associated with the programme.
Please note that all NCTL funding and bursaries are subject to conditions and are not guaranteed. For details, visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching.
How to apply
You can apply for a Maths, Physics, Chemistry or MFL elearnITT programme by:
Applicants who are successful at the initial application stage will be invited to attend Stage 2, a selection event, which will normally be held at our London office and/or one of our local Hub Schools.
As part of the selection event, applicants are required to undertake four specific activities. Applicants will be rated and assessed by the selection panel throughout this process.
The four activities currently forming part of the interview process are as follows:
1. A reading and comprehension activity
2. A 30-minute individual interview
3. A 5-minute lesson presentation
4. An observed class activity
Applicants may also be asked to take a subject knowledge test to assess their existing subject knowledge levels.
“The distance learning aspect is a really positive part of the course. It’s demanding, it’s interesting, and I think that it appeals to someone who is self-motivated. It works brilliantly to be honest.
“Once you get used to it – the idea that you can log on, do a module at a time, and go back to it when it suits you – it’s very good.” Harry
“The online tutorials are set up a bit like an Internet chat room. A tutor talks us through a topic, and you are able to speak and interact with everyone present – the technology is impressive.
“Feedback is provided very quickly, and you are always able to drop a tutor an e-mail knowing that they will provide you with a quick response.” Alex
“elearnITT has given me the flexibility to spend time with my daughter and develop the teaching career I have always wanted. The option to study in any location and at any time means that I can easily complete my teacher training and spend time with my family.” Claire
In order to successfully deliver the elearnITT programme, HCUK has created a unique partnership and developed a national network of high performing and experienced schools located across England. These “Hub Schools” work closely with HCUK in order to maximise the quality of the support for trainees, particularly during their time in school. This partnership ensures that trainees experience an integrated programme in which their online training and school-based experience complement each other effectively. Each Hub School is also part of a local cluster of several schools. These clusters include a range of schools including special education schools, further education colleges, faith schools and non-faith schools so as to offer a wide range of experience to trainees.
You can see the location of all our Hub Schools on the map below, or scroll down to see the full list
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Hub school details:
Click below to see a sample Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement lesson:
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For more information download our 2013/ 2014 elearnITT factsheet or prospectus.
Click here to download our elearnITT factsheet
Click here to download our elearnITT prospectus
This promotion will close on Friday 31 January 2014. Applications received after this time will not be valid for this promotion.
All successfully enrolled elearnITT trainees are eligible to receive a gift of a free laptop from HCUK. Terms and conditional apply, please see below for details.
elearnITT – Free laptop promotion
Terms and Conditions:
- Eligible for elearnITT and you meet the entry criteria
- Successfully enrolled on one of our elearnITT programmes between 8 February 2013 and 31 January 2014
- 18 years old or over when you enrolled
- Except in respect of death or personal injury caused by its (or its employees or agents) negligence HCUK expressly disclaims any responsibility and each enrolled trainee hereby agrees to release and to hold HCUK (its employees or agents) harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with any free promotion or resulting from the delivery, acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse of any promotional gift.
Correct at time of issue: February 2013
Updated: November 2013
HCUK reserves the right to amend or change the details of the Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice.
To apply, please request an application form from info@HCUKonline.com
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