At the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT, we believe passionately in EVERY child’s entitlement to an excellent education, so they enjoy school, enjoy learning and make very good progress. We `have created a culture where high standards and a passion for improving outcomes for pupils permeate every aspect of the course’ (Outstanding Ofsted 2015).
The unsalaried primary with mathematics course is designed for students with an interest in mathematics and strong subject knowledge in this subject. It is designed to prepare trainees for a subject leadership role in mathematics through exposing them to exceptional practice in mathematics in our 80 partnership schools. Trainees on this course will have additional training sessions and school based tasks to deepen their understanding and reflection on key elements underpinning effective primary mathematics teaching and learning. An expert consultant in primary mathematics will support our mathematics specialist trainees in school placements.
An integral part of the courses is a full University of Leicester PGCE, with Masters Level credits. One of the two 5000 word PGCE assignments will be a small-scale research project, carried out by the trainee, on an element of mathematics teaching.
In 2019/20 the DfE provided tax free non repayable bursaries of £6000 to trainees on this course with a B or above in A level mathematics. DfE bursaries for 2020/21 have not yet been announced.
In addition to specialist mathematics sessions, you will be part of a cohort of 30-35 trainees, all specialising in teaching KS1 and KS2 pupils. Training sessions for the cohort take place in bespoke training rooms within schools. Sessions are dynamic and engaging and each trainee will very quickly become known as a unique individual so SCITT trainers and management can mould training and select placements to fit each individual’s needs, working exactly as skilled teachers do with their pupils. This is a key strength of our programmes, making the training very personalised so that each individual trainee is both challenged and supported to reach their full potential.
Good subject knowledge underpins effective teaching, and as OFSTED recognised “Many former trainees rise to positions of leadership within their schools due to the quality of their preparation for teaching.” Headteachers, SCITT trained teachers and trainees are unanimous is stating that the course structure is an ideal balance of theory, research and practice.
“The SCITT believed in me from day one, before I even believed in myself”
Steven (Trainee 18/19)