In this course, you are trained by subject specialists in a secondary school to support you in your development as a teacher. You will be supported and guided in their subject knowledge development, as it is rare that a trainee teacher knows everything that a teacher of their subject needs to be able to teach. You will learn about pedagogy, about assessing student progress, about behaviour management and about the myriad things which teachers need to be able to do and to balance in their professional lives. You will manage your own ability to do all of these things increasingly well as the course progresses
You will be in school three days a week from early September until the end of the year in the first year, one of which must be Friday, and in the second year you do any two days. The days are agreed between you and the main school. On Fridays you join all of your fellow trainees for ‘hub training’, generic training covering each of the teaching standards and more.
You are continuously assessed throughout the two years using two documents on the online portal: the standards assessment document and the subject assessment document. You upload evidence to both documents and write a commentary about it. You add to the evidence and the commentary throughout the year and your mentor assesses each section for you. On these documents, you are demonstrating your increasing capability as a teacher.
Th online portal also records your weekly meetings at which your weekly targets are set, moving you forward in your professional development across the year in ways appropriate to the stage you are at in your training.
There are no assignments that you need to write. The assessment process is based entirely on the two online documents.
There is no guarantee of employment in your main school, but many trainees have gained employment in the schools in which they have trained or other schools involved in the SCITT.
Things our trainees have said:
Great course which I am extremely happy to be on!
Excellent support and guidance. Meetings and observation feedbacks have enabled me to reflect and learn from my teaching and has allowed me to make huge improvements in my delivery of lessons so far.
Very positive support ,which will improve me as a teacher, very high standards