This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of early years pupils aged 3 – 7 (nursery, reception and Key Stage 1). The SCITT offers trainees the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and experienced practitioners from day one of the course. Over 120 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the full early year’s curriculum for the early year’s foundation stage and key stage 1. Trainee timetables are designed to increase in size and complexity over the training year, but trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support is met.
All trainees gain experience of the nursery phase and lower key stage 2 to help understanding develop regarding pupil transition.
Trainees are assessed through their mentor and by SCITT staff. Observations of teaching form a large portion of the assessment process, with a range of opportunities for trainees to reflect on their progress against the teachers’ standards (2013). Trainees reflect on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. This process is summarised through a moderation interview at the end of the course. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the teachers’ standards.
Throughout the course trainees receive face to face training in pedagogy and subject knowledge. This training is delivered by current practitioners and takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning, enabling trainees to adapt their own learning for the context of their placement schools. In the early part of the year this training is focused on literacy, numeracy and science, with a focus on teaching phonics for reading. All foundation subjects are covered across the year and trainees will teach all curriculum subjects during the academic year.
Applicants undertaking the PGCE programme are expected to compete four written assignments leading to 60 M level credits.
“The high quality face-to-face training, assignments and placements combine to give trainees a firm basis on which to develop their skills and knowledge” Ofsted 2017
“Employers of trainees comment very favourably on the significant improvements in trainees’ expertise and knowledge, brought about by their training” Ofsted 2017