CLF SCITT trainees experience over 130 days in schools during the training programme. In the induction period of the programme trainees embark on a carousel of school experience, spending time in a different school each week, focusing on a training theme that is introduced on Monday, observed and developed in school Tuesday-Thursday, and debriefed on Friday in centre-based sessions. Throughout the training year trainees have centre-based professional development on Fridays.
During teaching practice placements, trainees have a dedicated mentor in the school who supervises their timetable, planning and feedback on their teaching; SCITT tutors visit trainees on placement, to work with school-based mentors to provide support, training and feedback.
A large majority of placements take place in schools within the CLF, SCITT partnership and Teaching School Alliance. These schools are in a close geographical area around the Bristol city region, including South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath. We take into account trainees home address, personal circumstances and transport/travel when matching trainees to placements.
The first placement takes place through October-December. This phase of school experience focuses on getting established with pupils in the classroom and school community and gaining initial teaching experience. Structured observation experiences and support for trainees in analysing what they see, is designed to facilitate developing understanding about how children and young people develop and learn, to help locate realistically high expectations in initial and emerging planning of teaching for learning.
The second school placement from January- includes progressively more sustained and demanding teaching responsibility, building on individuals’ emerging strengths and areas for development demonstrated in the first block of teaching practice.
During the third phase of the training, from April-, trainees are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and autonomy in their planning and teaching, taking full responsibility for classes and the progress of their learners.
Secondary trainees’ timetables across their placement experiences will include classes in Years 7-13. All Secondary (11-18) trainees are required to plan and teach A level; assessment of teaching is typically across Key Stages 3&4 (11-16).