We offer specialisms in General Primary, General Primary with Mathematics, Early Years and Special Needs. We provide a unique opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk for trainees to immerse themselves in a diverse range of teaching and training experiences which by the final term are highly personalised.
The training comprises of 3 placements in 2 contrasting schools over the course of the year combined with approximately 48 days in centre training.
The centre based training is provided by expert trainers, many of whom are still serving teachers. It covers all National Curriculum subjects and key aspects of primary education such as behaviour management, SEND and assessment.
Trainees also have sessions focused on the two assignments and one presentation which contribute to their PGCE qualification (including 60 credits at M Level).
All trainees have a tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews.
When applying for the salaried route, you should have the support of a school that can offer you a placement and cover the costs of your salary and tuition. There may be a very small number of salaried places available through lead schools, however competition for these is likely to be very high. Trainees spend approximately 29 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with at east 6 weeks in the spring term in a contrasting school.
A UK first degree (or equivalent). Normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360
GCSE English Language Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
GCSE Mathematics Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
GCSE Science Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
Overseas qualifications must be assessed by NARIC.
Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.
We are looking for committed, resilient individuals who are ready to undertake an exciting but rigorous training year.
We are interested in people who are passionate and enthusiastic about children’s learning and have a desire to promote the best outcomes for all children. You need to be open to constructive feedback and see it as a tool to help you to achieve your potential by the end of the year. You must be organised and self-motivated as although you will be well supported, you also need to be focused on the commitment involved within this training year.
Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check. This is carried out by your employing school but Primary SCITT check your identity before starting the course.
Meet the Fit to Teach criteria. Primary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess FTT. The initial screening is paid for by Primary SCITT, if further investigation is required, trainees may be
asked to contribute towards the cost.
If an applicant has lived overseas for more than three months in the past five years in line with safer recruitment practice they will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct from that country.
To be eligible for a place on the salaried course you must have the support of a school who is willing to pay your salary.
The minimum this can be is full-time on point 1 of the unqualified teacher or instructor scale.
The school will also need to pay Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT a training fee of £4550.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
A Suffolk Schools Education Trust (ASSET) is a primary educational trust consisting of 14 schools based in Suffolk with hubs of schools in the Bungay and Halesworth area of north-east Suffolk as well as in Ipswich and the Shotley peninsula.
We have been committed to training teachers for over seven years placing students in schools across the region. Our lead school,
St Helen’s Primary, is based in the centre of Ipswich and provides additional training in supporting EAL children with its diverse,
multi-cultural school setting. Additional SEN training is organised locally through our networks of schools, including one school with and SSC.
We work closely with schools both within and outside of the
trust. Some of the schools in our network are small, village schools. Others are large primaries based in the centre or outskirts of Ipswich. The majority of our students have gone on to work at one of our schools.
Training and accreditation is provided by Suffolk and Norfolk School Centred Initial Teaching Training who offer outstanding primary PGCE programmes through the salaried, tuition and assessment-only routes.
The Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT programme is a personalised, relational and ethical training provider. Primary
SCITT has very high attainment and employment outcomes for trainees. On average 95% of trainees are employed in
local schools by the end of their training year.
Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience in schools as classroom
practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership teams, so have a wealth of experience to
share with trainees.
The Primary SCITT course is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.
The Primary SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with
their partnership school head teachers. You will lead a 30-minute teaching activity and be interviewed in a partnership school. If this this is successful, you will be invited to attend a task day.
At the task day you will undertake a short written task to gauge your fundamental English skills and a group task focused on interpersonal skills.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.
Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.
St Helen's Primary School Woodbridge Road Ipswich Suffolk IP4 2LT
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