Provide trainees with an education of high quality at master’s level within an environment of school-based research and enquiry;
Progressively develop essential subject and phase knowledge for a heightened understanding of pedagogical expertise;
Support the development of an inclusive pedagogy that values equality and diversity and challenges inequality with confidence;
Embed creativity, commitment and enthusiasm for innovative classroom practice, together with the knowledge, intellectual and professional skills required to inspire, educate and nurture all learners;
Engender an understanding and critical awareness of relevant policy, theory and practice related to schooling in general and the partnership schools of the South Downs SCITT in particular, with the ability to apply these in the workplace;
Create opportunities for trainee teachers to begin to define their own positions with respect to their own developing professional and philosophical frameworks;
Develop trainee teachers’ ability to evaluate and analyse their academic and professional progress in order to understand that teaching is a process of lifelong professional learning, including developing transferable skills as appropriate for employment in education.
SCITT Experience: SCITT Training Days will be at Durrington High School on Fridays. These will include Professional Studies and Subject Study.
Some secondary trainees will be based at The Angmering School or other partnership school on Friday afternoons for Subject Study or on occasion at a different time in the week. The SCITT will deliver aspects of training and provides academic support with the preparation and assessment of the three PGCE assignments, tutor visits, quality assurance and assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.
School Partnership: School Experience: typically 4 days a week from September to July. The school will deliver some of the professional and subject study in accordance with the programme requirements and documentation and jointly assesses the trainee against the Teachers’ Standards.
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education):
All trainees will undertake the academic award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (M Level). The University of Brighton moderates and awards for the PGCE.
School Based Experience:
All trainees are expected to work in school for the entire academic year – September through to July.
For the recommendation of QTS, all trainees will be formally assessed in 2 consecutive Key Stages:
Primary (5-11) Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Secondary (11-16) Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
The time in school will include the following:
Majority of time in First School with 6 weeks in Second School
3-5 days in Early Years (Primary)
3-5 days in Key Stage 3 (Primary)
3-5 days Special School experience
3-5 days Primary (Secondary)
3-5 days KS5 (Secondary)
All of our partnership schools are based in West Sussex and have good transport links. This means our trainees typically travel less than 30 minutes to reach their placement school. We organise placement 1 and 2 for you.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We do not offer equivalency tests but we will accept them from some providers, for example:
A Star Equivalency
An ability to listen to and act on feedback;
An effective communicator;
A true passion for teaching and your subject;
A genuine interest in how children learn;
High expectations for yourself and for our students.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The South Downs SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) is a provider based in Worthing in West Sussex. It offers School Direct and core training in general primary education (five to 11 years) and secondary (11 to 16 years). Subjects offered at secondary: art, biology, chemistry, computing, drama, English, geography, history, mathematics, physical education, physics and religious education. Trainees who successfully complete their training achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). The PGCE is awarded by the University of Brighton. The SCITT is part of Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) and shares accommodation with Durrington High School and the research school. There is a strong partnership with local schools and our partners are spread throughout the West Sussex local authority. We are an Ofsted Outstanding Provider. You will have access to the facilities at the SCITT, Research School, your placement schools and the university library. You will typically have a day each week working with other trainees to reflect and develop your practice and four days each week in schools working with the young people in our locality. Our course is full time for one year and commences in September. You will teach across two consecutive age ranges/phases and experience teaching in at least two contrasting schools as well as completing training in special education needs and disabilities (SEND). Trainees in our SCITT are exceptionally well taught and prepared to meet the rigours of the classroom with confidence.
During the interview candidates are introduced to the SCITT programme and to the school. They complete a written task, a presentation, a subject knowledge task, a teaching activity and a formal interview. You have the opportunity to meet SCITT colleagues and ask questions about the course.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will discuss how we can support each applicant individually. We can make reasonable adjustments to training. Our schools all have appropriate facilities to accommodate candidates with disabilities. Candidates with dyslexia can access extra time for assignments.
Durrington High School The Boulevard Worthing West Sussex BN13 1JX
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