We offer specialisms in General Primary and Early Years. 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 40 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 personal 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, it is very advisable to have the support of a school that can offer you a placement, including meeting the necessary contribution to your salary. 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 least 6 weeks in the spring term in a contrasting school.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
Please note - We do not accept Level 2 Qualifications in Numeracy and Literacy as equivalencies.
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 before you start the course. This check is carried out by your placement school but Primary SCITT do need to check your identity before starting the course.
Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. This is organised by your placement school as part of their pre-employment checks
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
The Bawburgh School, in partnership with the Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT Primary PGCE programme has an excellent local reputation for providing training of the highest quality.
All trainees on this course will obtain the following qualification, QTS, and the PGCE with 60 Masters’ credits. Almost all trainees that have trained with us are now working as qualified teachers in local partnership schools and in other areas.
The Bawburgh School works closely with it’s partnership schools to ensure the trainees have a positive experience whilst training and that they are supported by experienced school mentors.
About the accredited body
The Suffolk & 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.
Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience as classroom practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership, so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees.
Primary SCITT is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.
The Primary Salaried SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with their partnership school head teachers.
You will be invited to a task day where you will undertake a short written activity to gauge your fundamental English skills and a group task focused on interpersonal skills.
This will be followed by an interview that will begin with you giving a short presentation.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
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 training venues in Ipswich and Norwich have full disabled access as do partnership schools. 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.
The SCITT Centre University of Suffolk Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1JN
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