This unsalaried Ofsted Outstanding School Direct course, leading to QTS and a PGCE, specialises in teaching Foundation Stage and KS1 pupils. Training sessions take place alongside other Early Primary SCITT and SD trainees in bespoke training rooms within schools. Sessions are dynamic and engaging. Each of the 30-35 trainees quickly become known as unique individuals so SCITT trainers and management can mould training and select placements to fit each individual’s needs, working exactly as skilled teachers do with their pupils. This is a key strength of our programme, making the training personalised so that trainees are challenged and supported at every step in becoming the best teacher they can be.
The SCITT trainers are all leading experts in their fields, charismatic and passionate about making a difference in children’s lives. They include excellent practitioners from partner schools and consultants who will ensure trainees will swiftly establish an understanding of early learning and developmental progression and how these are fundamental in teaching in the early years.
Central training includes days spent working with exceptional teachers and pupils, in supportive partnership schools, so all trainees are exposed to best practice in teaching creatively and effectively. We want future pupils to love learning and our future teachers to love teaching!
Good subject knowledge underpins effective teaching, and the quality and depth of our central training is a key reason why so many of our teachers have risen rapidly to senior management roles in schools. Headteachers, SCITT trained teachers and trainees are unanimous in stating that the course structure is the ideal blend of theory and practice. We offer 60 full days of central training, more than the majority of current ITT programmes.
Within the course, all trainees have regular opportunities to work alongside pupils in an outstanding special school and a number choose to opt for a final teaching placement in a special school as a result.
An integral part of the courses is a full University of Leicester PGCE, with Masters Level credits. Trainees complete the equivalent of two 5000 word assignments within this PGCE award, receiving additional training at the University and are recognised as students of the University. This includes access to the library, sports and learning support facilities.
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