Trainees were overwhelmingly positive about the impact of the contribution of the subject course, provided by subject leaders. (External Examiner 2018)
The Secondary SCITT training programme for Biology consists of 3 distinct 'phases to teaching' to develop the Skills, Knowledge and Understanding to teach young people in the 21st Century. The course content will be delivered through centrally taught sessions of subject knowledge, pedagogy, and academic assignments.
Phase 1 'Enable and Establish'
Putting the foundations of classroom management, teaching and learning in place.
Phase 2 Empower
Trainees take more ownership of foundations and develop greater independence.
Phase 3 Embedding
Trainees demonstrating advanced classroom practice and consistently performing to good or outstanding.
The SCITT Training Programme will also consist of a programme of professional studies and subject studies across the cluster of schools, and will be integrated into the training year. These will be overseen by professional mentors who will have the overall responsibility for the management of the provision, ensuring that student teachers have full access to the appropriate age and ability range. Subject mentors are responsible for providing a programme which will involve individual and collaborative teaching and weekly mentor support.
Subject knowledge and Pedagogy
Subject Knowledge of Biology will be delivered and developed by experienced professionals throughout the training year. These sessions will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach young people. The pedagogy of teaching Biology will also be covered during these sessions, taking into account aspects such as organising practical work in the Lab.
How much time they’ll spend training in school
We exceed the statutory number of 120 days in school by offering over 140 days school based experience providing significant opportunities to develop your practice.
How will you be assessed?
The Assessment of the course is in 2 parts:
You will be assessed and monitored throughout the course against the Teachers Standards. You will be assessed in line with the HEI Ofsted framework and trainees must demonstrate the minimum standard in order to achieve QTS in both Parts 1 and 2 of the Teachers’ Standards.
PGCE element of the Course.
The academic element of the award is delivered by the University of Worcester, a long standing collaborative partner of the SCITT. The 4 assignments completed throughout the year will give trainees Masters credits and the PGCE award alongside QTS.