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 Salaried programme is an employment based programme that leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). A grant is provided by the government to subsidise an unqualified teachers’ salary and to cover training costs. Trainees are employed by a host school and will have the opportunity for a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools.
As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 - 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 - 9 age range programme (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two with additional training in EYFS) or our 5 - 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and two).
Trainees are in school for four days each week and this includes some training time to observe experienced colleagues or undertake course requirements. Teaching commitments gradually increase, working up to three to four days a week by July 2022. 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 (2021 hubs are Farnham, Reigate, Epsom 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 will include observations of your teaching, school based tasks and the ability to articulate your practice.