The CLF SCITT Early Years programme (age 3-7) combines school-centred training, experience and practice with subject specific and professional development. This ensures trainees develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be effective teachers. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and opportunity to gain Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s level credits which is delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. The University deliver face-to-face training at our base in Bristol and provide online tutor support.
Teaching in the Early Years is complex as young children need experiences and provision that support their development as well as their learning.
The CLF SCITT curriculum provides a balance between educational theory and cognitive research with classroom based practice and application. We have developed a well sequenced, interleaved and progressive approach where trainees knowledge and skills builds throughout the year.
You will learn about: Inclusion, child development, the philosophy and principles of early years pedagogy, the role of the adult and quality interactions, approaches to planning and ethical assessment as well as teaching a range of curriculum subjects.
Centre-based training equips trainees with evidence-based knowledge and understanding developed and implemented in school based training. Trainees develop skills and techniques that can be applied in their placement setting with the support of expert mentors and practitioners.
With a strong focus on professionalism and personal refection, trainees are expected to be proactive and take responsibility for their own learning and progress. Professional learning conversations with mentors and experts provides regular opportunity to guide and support while supporting links between centre and school-based provision and learning.
Subject and Early Years phase specific training is delivered by expert teachers and subject specialists. Core pedagogy is further explored through the lens of the subject with a focus on subject knowledge, subject pedagogy, pupil progression and attitudes.
Additional programme features are:
- September Induction fortnight
- Intensive school-based practice weeks
- EYFS enrichment training
- School Experience all year round including two core placements
- Weekly centre-based training delivered by teaching experts and specialists
- Cross phase and complimentary experience
- CLF wide CPD opportunities and Conferences in addition to centre-based training
- Employment support
We strive to provide a personalised and differentiated programme. Weekly centre-based training alongside regular school visits enables the SCITT team to identify needs and adapt the programme as necessary, using experts from across the partnership.