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).
The Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship enables schools to use apprenticeship funding for training. Apprentice teachers will have to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. The apprenticeship route combines paid work with on and off-the-job training. QTS will be awarded to successful apprentices after three terms in their fourth term (i.e. first term of their qualified teaching year) apprentices will undergo an ‘end point assessment’ by an independent assessor and, if successful, will then be deemed to have completed their apprenticeship training.
Apprentices are employed by a host school and will have the opportunity for a contrasting second school experience and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools.
Apprentices are in school for four days each week. This includes one day of school based training time, to observe experienced colleagues and undertake course requirements. The remaining three days could be used for additional employment responsibilities. These will differ between employing schools and could include whole class teaching / cover, duties, classroom support etc. from the outset, in addition to course requirements. One day each week is spent offsite at professional studies training (off-the-job 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, so we run training in geographical cohorts which develops local support networks (2021 hubs are Farnham, Reigate, Epsom and Cobham).
Consideration of workload underpins programme design and structure. Personalised training plans ensure deadlines are carefully scheduled and do not overlap. Every apprentice is allocated a school mentor and external support tutor to ensure that training is tailored to individual needs.