We offer a primary teacher training course aimed at the 3-7 age range, leading to the award of QTS. There is also an optional PGCE qualification with Oxford Brookes University which includes 60 credits at Masters level. All PGCE seminars take place at CVPA SCITT.
Our course consists of two core elements:
The vast majority of training takes place in schools. Our trainees spend four days a week in two different placement schools, teaching subjects across the primary phases. An experienced teacher will be allocated to a trainee as their Teacher Tutor and they will work closely alongside them during the course of each placement, showing exemplary practice and providing daily support and advice. In addition, a School-based Mentor, typically a Senior Leader, will be allocated to each trainee, offering pastoral care and support.
Trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and their progress towards these standards is reviewed at regular intervals throughout the course. A wide range of evidence is used when making judgements such as observations, half termly reports, evidence bundles and the trainees’ reflections and self-evaluations. All evidence is uploaded to an electronic portfolio system which tracks trainees’ progress, identifying strengths and areas of development.
To support the school-based training, trainees attend weekly core training sessions at the SCITT centre in High Wycombe, delivered by current and outstanding practitioners from the Partnership schools. Practical and research-based training is closely linked to the Teachers’ Standards, Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, as well as covering areas such as safeguarding, behaviour management, e-safety and well-being.
These weekly sessions, along with pre-task activities and three assignments, enable trainees to develop and consolidate a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking as well as practical techniques and strategies that can be applied to their own classroom practice. It also offers the opportunity for critical thinking and reflection, and for trainees to share experiences in a supportive environment.