Poole SCITT offers you a one year course leading to a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) validated by Kingston University in Surrey. The course carries 60 Credits towards a Masters Degree.
The course is largely school based, with approximately 24 weeks on school placements and 14 weeks on the taught course either at the Ad Astra Infant School base or in the other partnership schools (listed on the Poole SCITT website). Many of the taught course sessions involve working with children enabling you to successfully link theory and practice.
Tutors, classroom teachers and other educational professionals, experienced in teacher training will run courses, seminars and workshops specially designed to introduce you to the needs of children and the primary curriculum. There will be ample opportunity for peer group discussion and evaluation of your school-based work.
You will experience extensive teaching placements in different local primary schools during your training and will be supervised in each school by a trained mentor.
A Course Director, with expert knowledge and experience of teacher education will oversee and co-ordinate your training during the course under the direction of the SCITT Management Board. The Management Board is made up of representatives of the partnership, including head teachers, mentors and trainees.
The course is an 'all-through general primary course' and will train you to teach children from 5-11 years in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
All trainees are required to undertake training in both Key Stages and substantial school experience will be provided in both.
There may be opportunities to develop specialisms in other areas such as Early Years and SEN.
Your progress will be monitored and assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competence, leading to profile reviews and professional assignments, which will link education/subject theory with your work in the classroom.
After graduating, you will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a
Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 'M' Credits validated by Kingston University in Surrey.
Over the last three academic years, 99% of trainees have obtained jobs immediately after graduating, most of these in the local area.