Full details of the programme can be found on our website.
The taught part of the programme has 3 strands which run throughout the year:
- Professional studies
- School-based professional studies
- Subject pathway
Professional studies sessions are normally in Cheltenham and are led by expert speakers, giving trainees a background to educational issues and some of the theoretical aspects of learning, assessment and adolescence. They take place in three weeks at the start of September, a week either side of Christmas and a week around Easter.
School-based professional studies is a weekly session in your placement school led by a senior member of staff, normally the school’s training manager.
Subject pathway is a weekly seminar with the subject leader and other trainees in your subject. These usually take place in the subject leader’s school but can take place in other schools, with guest presenters. These sessions focus on the development of practical teaching strategies and on enhancing subject expertise for teaching. More information about the languages programme is available on the GITEP website
In addition to the award of Qualified Teacher Status, assessed by GITEP SCITT, the programme leads to a PGCE awarded by the University of Bristol. Other than one induction day at the start of the programme no formal training takes place at the University.
The PGCE part of the programme is assessed by three assignments – one per term. The first is focused on special educational needs and disabilities and is common to all trainees. The other two have a subject focus. The programme leads to 60 Master’s level credits.
Trainees are also assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. At the end of each placement trainees are required to produce an “evidence bundle” showing their work with one class and demonstrating the impact they have had on the progress of pupils in the class.
Both GITEP SCITT and the University of Bristol are rated outstanding by Ofsted. Both were also ranked among the top 15 secondary providers in the country in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 and among the top 3 in the South West. Trainees benefit from a strong partnership between two very experienced and highly rated providers who share a commitment to developing subject expertise in teachers.