We offer specialisms in General Primary, General Primary with Mathematics, Early Years and Special Needs. 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 approximately 48 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 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.
A UK first degree (or equivalent). Normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points).
GCSE English Language Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
GCSE Mathematics Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
GCSE Science Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
Overseas qualifications must be assessed by NARIC.
Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.
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 enhanced DBS check before starting the course. This check is carried out by your employing school but Primary SCITT do need to check your identity before starting.
Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Primary SCITT use Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Primary SCITT, if further investigation is required, trainees may be asked to contribute towards the cost.
If an applicant has lived overseas 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
Teaching can be one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging careers you can choose. And, if you decide to become a teacher, you will want to know that you have got off to the best possible start to your career.
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT programmes have all been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted (May 2013). Trainee outcomes have been consistently high over the past three years with 76% of our primary trainees achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’ and 100% a grade of ‘good’ or better over the past two years. 100% of the 2016-2017 primary cohort secured a teaching post at the end of their training year.
Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT is the largest provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training in the country and their SCITT programme regularly ranks in the UK top 10 (Good Teacher Training Guide Buckingham University).
You can apply for a place on the SCITT Salaried PGCE programme through Barrow CEVC Primary School, the lead school in the ConnectED Teaching School Alliance.
The Primary SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with their partnership school head teachers. You will lead a 30-minute teaching activity and be interviewed in a partnership school. If this this is successful, you will be invited to attend a task day.
At the task day you will undertake a short written task to gauge your fundamental English skills and a group task focused on interpersonal skills.
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 has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. 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.
f you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability.
All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
The SCITT Centre University of Suffolk Ipswich Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1QJ
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