The programme is full time, from September 2023 until the end of June 2024, and split into three Stages over the year. The Stages have an increasing amount of teaching commitment, building from 30% in Stage 1 to 75% by the end of Stage 3. At the end of Stage 3, you will have the opportunity to experience being part of a very different setting, for example a Special School or Pupil Referral Unit. This range of experiences to draw from will give you a sound springboard as you transition into employment.
Your first teaching placement in school will start from the second week of the course; you will be an integral part of your school’s team from Monday to Thursday every week. Your Mentor will be your cheerleader, supporting and guiding you to reflect, learn and improve. In addition to their ongoing support, they will meet with you formally once a week to discuss your wellbeing, your achievements that week and review your progress against agreed targets.
Your Fridays will be spent with our team of expert Leads. They will enable you to develop and contextualise your subject knowledge and application. Our professional learning programme is designed to respond to every trainee’s individual professional development needs. Underpinned by the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework, you will have a sound, applied understanding of the ‘Learn that’ and ‘Learn how’ statements as well as key national priorities. This will enable you to make a smooth transition into the Early Career Framework in your first year of teaching.
This is what our current trainees have to say about Northern Lights:
‘My favourite thing about the Northern Lights SCITT is by far the level of support they have put in place for trainees. Even in the busiest of weeks, time is taken to check in with each and every student’
‘The professional learning aspect of the course fits seamlessly with what we are putting into practice on placement, and both the teams at Northern Lights and at my placement school have been immensely supportive and welcoming’
‘Starting my PGCE and choosing Northern Lights to guide me through the year was the best decision I could have made. The team are unbelievably supportive!’
‘The most amazing placements offering great learning experiences and the best support’
‘The support we have received has been absolutely great and there when we have needed it’