As a SCITT, the CTT partnership of schools currently comprises 26 good and outstanding schools based in and around West Cumbria. Uniquely, your training with us will include 5 different school placements, enabling you to work in a breadth of age groups and school types.
Our partner schools are all located on the fringe of the Lake District, adjacent to some of the most beautiful parts of the country. All of the CTT schools are located within a 40 minute drive of the training centre in Workington. Some of our schools are difficult to reach via public transport, so placements are organised with an awareness of your travel capabilities.
A strength of our programme is the opportunity for trainees to engage with a diverse range of teaching and training experiences. The school catchments are contrasting, with schools covering urban areas, small towns and very rural regions.
The first three placements are relatively short, varying from four to six weeks in length. Each trainee will receive a placement in an Early Years (2-5 years), Key Stage One (5-7 years) and Key Stage Two (7-11 years) setting. Placements One and Two occur before Christmas and the third commences shortly into the new year.
In these first three placements, you will be supported by our expert mentors in planning and delivering your first lessons. As the placements progress, you will be supported to plan children’s learning; covering the range of contexts and age ranges in your placements and will be supported in transferring this knowledge of planning to new contexts as you move to new placements.
Following the third placement, you will decide whether you wish to follow an Early Years pathway and specialise in teaching and learning for 3-7 year old children; or a Primary pathway - specialising in teaching and learning for children aged 5-11. This will then determine the selection of your final two placements. These final two placements are longer in length, varying from six to ten weeks. The fourth placement takes up the remainder of the spring term, whilst the fifth placement covers much of the summer term.