This OFSTED Outstanding School Direct course, leading to QTS and a full PGCE, is for trainee teachers with an interest in special education and SEND pupils. Trainees undertaking this programme will benefit from attending all the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT Early Primary training sessions (3-7 yr old pupils), alongside trainees on other SCITT and School Direct programmes. Training includes a training module entitled ‘Meeting Individual Needs’ that takes place in Ash Field Academy, led by a Senior Leader from the school. All trainees will have opportunities to work alongside pupils from the school and trainees on the Ash Field SEN route normally choose to take their final teaching placement in a special school.
Training sessions take place in bespoke training rooms within schools. Sessions are dynamic and engaging. Each of the 30-35 trainees very 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 their pupils, in exceptional 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!
Ash Field SD trainees will also benefit from being full members of the University of Leicester. 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 internationally recognised 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.
Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT has been OFSTED Outstanding continuously since 2008/09 and has the best course retention rates in Leicestershire.
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