Southfields Academy Teaching School SCITT has many years of ITT experience, both as a provider in our own right and also in our successful partnerships with leading universities. We offer placements in Good/Outstanding schools and strong support to PGCE trainees and their subject mentors.
Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted, with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. Ninety-four per cent of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In the King’s student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.
The course aims to prepare students to:
- become effective secondary school teachers
- become knowledgeable subject specialists who can progress to take on responsibilities in curriculum development
- become good classroom managers
- become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.
The course encourages learning through critical reflection, making connections between the theory and practice of teaching, and continuing to self-evaluate and improve throughout a teaching career.
University sessions include:
- opportunities to discuss and debate in small groups
- interactive whole class teaching
- trialling materials for use in schools
- using drama, media and technology resources
- opportunities for students to develop their presentation skills.
The course also makes full use of the university’s unique location on the River Thames by providing opportunities to visit places like the Globe, Tate Modern and the Poetry Library.
The course starts in the second week of September and is full-time until late June. College sessions are usually from 9:30 to 4:30 but much of the time is spent in schools and you are usually expected to be in school by 8:00. The course is very intensive and most students find that they are not able to do part-time work during the training year.
Southfields has School Direct placements for English trainees within our partnership. If the placement school is important to you, please contact the Teaching School on 020 8870 1797 for the latest position on our vacancies.