Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties. We have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017).
Our School Direct Primary General with Mathematics programme is built around a trainee having an on-going experience in one local host school, a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools. SSF will provide additional training for the required mathematics subject knowledge, research and pedagogy through the Surrey Maths Hub, together with an opportunity to see high quality mathematics teaching in practice.
Trainees are in school for four days each week and this includes a day of school based training time to observe experienced colleagues or undertake course requirements. A very gradual increase of teaching commitments starts with co-delivery of aspects of a lesson and delivery of a whole lesson. As confidence increases you will deliver sequences of lessons and work up to three to four days a week by July 2021. One day each week is spent off site with your local cohort at professional studies training.
SSF provides a diverse and engaging programme of weekly professional studies training, covering the range of primary curriculum subjects, SEND, behaviour management, EAL and others. Training is led by a team of local and national experts and outstanding primary practitioners. Each year the training has a 100% good or very good rating, but is constantly reviewed and updated to keep pace with the changing primary school landscape and national priorities.
We recognise that location is an important factor for you so we run training in geographical cohorts and build local support networks (20120hubs are Farnham, Reigate and Cobham).
Consideration of trainee workload underpins programme design and structure. Personalised training plans ensure a steady pace and deadlines are carefully scheduled and do not overlap. Every trainee is allocated a school mentor and external support tutor to ensure that training is tailored to individual needs.
Assessment is continuous and includes observations of your teaching, school based tasks, articulation of practice using clear and transparent criteria. Judgements are based on a trainee’s ability to teach across the primary curriculum and are not specifically a measure of competence in teaching mathematics.