Our school based training means you will be based in one of our partner schools on placement Monday – Thursday, and treated by the school as a member of staff. On Friday trainees come together for a day’s training of pedagogy and subject knowledge, following a comprehensive programme across the year. The PGCE delivered by Sheffield Hallam University takes place on four Fridays across the year at the SCITT Training Centre (Nottingham). In the Spring term you will spend 6 weeks at another school, as the training must include teaching in two schools. Trainees’ progress is reviewed throughout the year in order to meet the Teaching Standards for award of QTS. There are two PGCE assignments in January and May.
The course has been carefully structured to guide you through your transformation from a skilled practitioner to a confident teacher within a practical learning environment. Your choice to begin this course was just the beginning of your journey to learn and understand how to capture the observations and curiosity of young, aspiring children.
You will understand the National Curriculum and relevant Key Stages.
The course aims to:
Fulfil and support the general aims of the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham curriculum
Develop competencies specific to the phase and subject which you are teaching
Ensure that trainees are competent professionals and effective teachers
Encourage an enthusiasm for education
Encourage trainees to challenge pupils and to meet their individual needs through personalisation.
A Subject /Phase Lead. They will help you with specific subject issues and lead the Sessions on Friday.
You will have a professional subject mentor on each placement with an hour’s 1:1 mentoring session every week.
You will also be assigned a “buddy”; someone who has been through our programme or similar route.
You will also work with colleagues throughout your school, in learning support and the Senior Leadership Team who will be pro-active in helping you.
“What a fantastic year! The SCITT course is well structured and progressively introduces trainees to the demands of the profession in preparation for a successful career in teaching. I was unquestionably supported during the year by course leaders, mentors and friends.”
“I enjoy coming together for our training day , where we can share our experiences from our placement schools, and take away excellent advice and information that we take back into the classroom.”