The Tommy Flowers SCITT courses devote the majority of training time to experience in school and in the classroom. In our partnership schools, you will learn from experience practitioners, particularly your personal mentor. In grading the Tommy Flowers SCITT as ‘outstanding’, OFSTED stated that the training received by trainees is ‘exemplary’.
From day one, you will be regarded as a teacher in your placement school. However, your teaching timetable will develop and grow to suit your own experience, pace and progress. By way of guidance it is normal for the first two weeks to be observation so that you become familiar with the classes you will be assigned. You would then normally take parts of lessons (starters, plenary, demonstrations etc) for a further two weeks to nurture you into the teaching and learning experience. Normally a student teacher would be lead teaching up to 4-8 lessons a week before October half term. The proportion of lead teaching would then increase gradually each week until your timetable reaches approximately 16 hours per week.
At the end of the year, successful trainees will be awarded QTS status and a PGCE. The assessment process for these awards consists of being able to satisfy the Teacher Standards and also demonstrate an understanding of the relevant subject knowledge required for the subject through set tasks.
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, energy and commitment to undertake a course which is devised to develop your expertise in teaching and learning. There are two overarching elements to the course: the development as a professional and the development as a subject specialist. These are not separate and all aspects of the year intertwine and overlap. The best ITT students have a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities as a teacher in a school.
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. You will have support with professional studies sessions and also subject specific sessions. Link tutors will visit you on placement to quality assure your experience.