The Tommy Flowers SCITT secondary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You will train across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement in our partnership schools, where you will learn from experienced practitioners, particularly your school mentor.
Five days per week are spent on placement in our partnership schools. We run specialist TFSCITT training on a Monday afternoon and also a twilight session on a Thursday (4pm-6pm). At the training you will join the rest of your cohort for sessions developing strategies for teaching and learning. In grading the Tommy Flowers SCITT as ‘outstanding’, Ofsted described the training received by trainees as ‘exemplary’. Our curriculum is designed around six areas:
- Pedagogy and how children learn
- Behaviour management and setting high expectations
- Adaptive teaching
- Assessment of pupils
- Professional behaviour, statutory responsibilities and wellbeing
- Subject knowledge and curriculum
The curriculum is sequenced to progress your knowledge and understanding of teaching and is integrated through both your core training and school-based placements to provide consistency of approach. You will receive regular formative feedback in the way of observations, weekly mentor meetings, visits from Tommy Flowers SCITT staff along with informal conversations with colleagues at your school. By demonstrating that you have made satisfactory progress in the six curriculum areas, the Tommy Flowers SCITT will be able to award you QTS at the end of the course. 100% of our graduates have secured teaching positions upon completing the course.
This course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop into a graduate teacher who is reflective, creative, resourceful, independent, collaborative and resilient. It presumes you have the drive, organisation and commitment to undertake a course which is devised to develop your expertise in teaching and learning.
You can expect a wide range of support throughout the year. Your school mentor will be responsible for you on a daily basis and the mentors are supported in school by a nominated Professional Tutor. Tommy Flowers SCITT staff will provide pastoral, academic and professional support.
The PGCE is an academic qualification assessed through a group presentation on the topic of SEND and two further written assignments exploring the topics of behaviour management and how pupils learn or subject knowledge development. For more information, please visit our website (www.tommyflowersscitt.co.uk).