Our inspiring training programmes are carefully crafted to ensure the right balance of ‘theory and practise’ to prepare you for your career as a great teacher. The curriculum, based on our seven core areas, has been designed by a committed team at Oxfordshire Teacher Training and is delivered by a range of expert colleagues who combine their extensive knowledge of the current school system with principles, research and theories drawn from the most recent and relevant sources. Our designated Subject Specialists are exceptional practitioners in their subject areas and work closely with the OTT SCITT team to ensure a coherent, focused and flexible approach. A range of visits and external speakers are threaded throughout the programme to motivate, inspire and deepen your understanding.
A crucial aspect of this programme is the innovative structure which starts with our summer ‘Induction Week’ at the beginning of July, which prepares you to spend the first few vital days of September in your placement school. Our Associate Teachers recognise the importance of being in school at the start of the year and really value being part of the team from the outset. After the Induction Week, The Rapid Development Programme begins in September and will provide you with focused support and guidance to develop and test out your ‘teacher’s toolkit’. The time during this intensive programme is divided between training sessions and time in your first placement school. This combined programme of training, theory and practice continues throughout the rest of the programme, into a second, contrasting placement. Each of our training programmes is for a specified age range and beyond that we offer lots of additional opportunities to work with and learn about other age groups.
As an Associate Teacher you will collect evidence and reflections to support your development throughout the three, key phases of the programme. This is a continual process and regular advice and guidance is given about the best forms of evidence to use to show progress. You will have a designated ‘Visiting Tutor’ who will visit you at different stages throughout the programme to monitor your progress and assess the evidence that you have collected.
Basic hours at placement schools and training will be approximately 8:00am-4:00pm and on limited occasions you may be required to attend additional events after school. For the part-time programme you will attend 3 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) from September 2022-December 2023.