DPSCITT offers a 1 year Primary PGCE Programme with Qualified Teacher Status - carefully structured, through central and school-based training, to maximise learning. We were nominated SCITT & School Based Trainer of the Year in 2019.
Our Couse is constantly updated with Headteachers and School-based Tutors to ensure that it is ‘Inspirational, creative, innovative and transformational’ (Ofsted, 2016)
Relationships are key. Our ‘class-sized’ cohort brings a broad range of experiences, while everyone feels known and valued. Trainees are supported extremely well by school and centre-based staff, with a focus on personal wellbeing. Our friendly and approachable Director is available at the centre and in school for 1:1 discussions, and provides 24/7 support via phone and e-mail.
“Strong professional relationships lie at the heart of the high-quality training offered by the SCITT. Leaders possess a deep understanding of how teachers learn their craft. Their expert skills in training teachers have been honed through years of collaborative practice and rigorous self-evaluation.” (Ofsted, 2016)
Personalised and cohesive, the Course emphasises learning through dialogue and reflection on experience, linked to educational theory. Through interactive training and individual coaching, trainees are supported to develop their own teaching philosophies and identities. School-based tasks contextualise and extend the learning gained from each centre-based training session.
Centre-Based Training forms 25% of the Course - provided by exceptional national and local consultants, specialists and serving practitioners, all passionate about their subjects. Trainers inspire and encourage creative and dynamic approaches to the curriculum and to professional practice. Training sessions are multi-layered, with theoretical subject knowledge applied in group activities, and excellent teaching and assessment practice is modelled explicitly.
School-based training forms 75% of the Course - carefully planned to build confidence in teaching, develop understanding, and experience the wider role of a teacher. Specific tasks, linked to the centre-based training, include focused observations, reading, and teaching opportunities within your ‘home class’, and across the school. With daily and weekly support from your Class Teacher and School-based Tutor, these build towards blocked Teaching Practices each term.
Masters Credits are awarded for 2 of the 3 written Assignments, enabling you to relate theory to practice in SEND, Maths and Phonics. A further practical Assignment allows you to design and teach a creative, cross-curricular teaching sequence.
There is an opportunity to complete the Spring term placement in a Special School, for those considering becoming a SENDCO or teaching within Specialist provision.