We have very close links with some 30 schools who have been successfully involved in initial teacher training with us for some years. The SCITT will place applicants in suitable schools, always in consultation with candidates, and placements begin in the September of the training year. Trainees will work in a host school and associated schools until the end of the academic year in July. During this time, at least one day in the phase prior to /following the one in which you train is provided, as is SEND school experience. The 6-week Contrasting School placement is designed to offer a broader experience across school settings and takes place after Christmas.
Schools are matched to candidate need and selected for their training capacity as well as in negotiation with candidates for location and convenience. Consequently it is very rare that trainees need to change placements. We have a growing number of schools and so it is our aim to ensure that no candidate has to travel too far for their training although in Lincolnshire, due to poor transport links in some areas, the ability to drive, whilst not essential, will bring more opportunities.
Although Primary trainees may specialise in a Key Stage, they are trained across at least four year groups and all of our Primary trainees, even those with a KS2 focus, are trained in phonics. For Secondary, the majority are trained in the 11-16 age group although for some (eg Business Studies) this is extended to 16-19 too. Where possible, all trainees in schools with 6th forms are encouraged to become involved with post-16 by the end of their courses.
Over your training year you will also spend 2 days in a Special Needs school and a day in the phase before or after that in which you are training. i.e. primary trainees go to our lead secondary and secondary trainees go to our lead primary.
Experienced staff and fully trained mentors manage your training in all of our placement schools.