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 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, you need to have the support of a school that can offer you a placement, including paying your salary.
Trainees spend approximately 29 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the employing 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 NVQs 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 employing 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 while you train. As a guide, trainees are paid full-time on point 1 of the unqualified teacher or instructor scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Teaching is one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging career choices and Barrow CEVC Primary School, which is a Lead School for Suffolk and Norfolk and the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network SCITTs, is proud of its contribution to the recruitment of high calibre teacher trainees.
Barrow CEVC Primary School is an outstanding, one-form entry primary school; a vibrant learning community where excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils are promoted within a strong Christian ethos. At Barrow, children are valued as individuals and teachers are passionately committed to their achievement and personal growth.
Barrow School CEVC Primary School offers a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all learners. Teachers strive to craft a learning environment which nurtures pupils’ minds, bodies and souls to develop happy, healthy and well-rounded citizens of the world.
Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning; they are involved as far as possible in reviewing the way they learn and prompted to reflect on how they learn best. The school’s performance data is almost always above the national and county averages, sometimes significantly so.
Barrow CEVC is a provider of continuing professional development for teaching, learning and leadership in primary schools through ‘ConnectED’.
More information about the Initial Teacher Training providers with which Barrow CEVC Primary works can be found below.
About the accredited body
The Suffolk and 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 year.
Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience in schools as classroom practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership teams, so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees.
The Primary SCITT course is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.
The Primary SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with 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 do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.
Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.
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 Cambridge Teaching Schools Network (CTSN) feels that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of schools in which they work. If you have special requirements, and you are invited to attend an interview, please let CTSN know beforehand so reasonable adjustments can be made. CTSN wants 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 adjustments are required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in its training. Trainees are encouraged to disclose all relevant information with placement schools to enable them to make suitable provision. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.
Colethorpe Lane Barrow Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP29 5AU
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