One of the main characteristics of the Basingstoke Alliance SCITT Programme is its focus on the individual needs of the trainee. We use instructional coaching methodology to provide constant supportive training that maximises the progress of the trainees. The trainee will be allocated a personal mentor (fully trained by BASCITT) who will support them all the way through their placements.
The SCITT Director and Subject Board Tutors will support trainees and mentors. Trainees and mentors will organise teaching and school-based input to ensure a balanced timetable; this will be done at the beginning of the training to ensure the trainee fulfils all the requirements in terms of coverage.
Trainees are required to attend a course of central training, which complements the school-based training. The dates of central training will be built into the trainee’s calendar for the year. The Professional Development Record (PDR) is designed to help trainees to plan the training; it is completed every week, identifying foci of thinking and work for the coming days.
The BASCITT placements are carefully planned and consideration is given to individual trainees, placement schools and staffing.
A Main School Teaching Placement – Autumn Term – KS3/4
A Second School Placement – Spring Term 1 – KS3/4
A Diversity Placement looking at Transition and other Government priorities – Spring Term 2 – KS2 and KS5
Main School teaching and Assessment period – Summer Term
Age ranges taught are 11-16 years.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We will accept equivalency tests from a third party which may be subject to an additional cost. Please contact us directly to discuss which providers we will accept an equivalency test from.
The BASCITT are looking for applicants who are passionate about wanting to make a difference to the lives of the pupils they teach. We are also looking for individuals who are passionate about their subject so you can inspire the next generation.
Furthermore, we are looking for commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism.
School experience is recommended prior to the course start, however, this is not a condition.
Ability to travel between different training locations within the partnership schools.
A completed self-declaration health questionnaire.
Attendance at induction days prior to course start.
Dove House School Academy as the BASCITT Lead School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and trainees to share this commitment. We will ensure that all recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
Our vision is to train human-first teachers in the latest research informed pedagogy, to provide the local community with passionate and confident teachers who enhance the life chances of our children.
Teaching secondary education is a challenging and hugely rewarding profession. Teachers transform children and young people’s lives, “making a real difference”. The process of becoming a successful teacher is a complex one and requires support and training of the highest quality, which we are proud to offer.
The most significant advantage of school-based training is that, from day one, you are in a secondary school environment, acquiring the knowledge and skills required for effective teaching.
The most important elements of our training programme are that:
We recognise that relationships and human-first teaching are paramount to success in the classroom and;
We use the latest research, particularly focused on cognitive load theory, to inform how we prepare our trainees for teaching.
Trainees who have a passion for pursuing the SEN option can be placed at Dove House for one of their placements. Partnership school’s professional themes programmes also provide trainees with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and application of effective teaching and learning of children with SEN. Refer to section accredited body Dove House School Academy Trust.
Once we receive an application your application will be acknowledged and reviewed by the BASCITT Management Committee. If you are successfully offered an interview you will be invited to attend one of our pre-scheduled dates hosted by a partnership school that will consist of;
Subject Knowledge Audit
School Tour and Observational Task
Interviews are led by the Programme Director and supported by a partnership school SCITT Co-ordinator (professional mentor), Subject Specialist and Programme Administrator.
The duration of the interview will depend on the number of candidates being interviewed on any one day. We recommend you allow availability for a whole school day. A full programme will be communicated with you together with details of any tasks you will need to prepare for and documents that you are required to bring with you on the day.
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
We are mindful of equality and diversity and support our own trainees with specific needs. We have systems and processes in place to support trainees with for example dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health as well as physical conditions. A strength of our provider is how we treat trainees as individuals and will provide excellent support to ensure their success.
Dove House School Sutton Road Basingstoke Hampshire RG21 5SU
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