Our SCITT curriculum begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school each week combined with one training day each week as follows:
Year 1: Two days per week on placement plus Friday conferences
Year 2: Two days per week on placement plus online PGCE study with a short, full time spell on placement in the summer term.
The Friday conferences will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools. Curriculum conferences will be held in several of our school venues according to the best expertise available for each topic.
In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where trainees will focus on teaching science specifically. These will be delivered by the Science Learning Centre at Ashton Community Science College. Biology, Chemistry and Physics trainees study together on these days and this is really useful because you will find that in most schools you will teach combined science at KS3. Learning together really helps you develop your subject knowledge across the three sciences and we can also organise additional courses for you via the Science Learning Centre to meet your individual needs.
You will audit your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach at KS3 and 4. Lead Subject Mentors will guide you towards great resources for this and you will be encouraged to join a professional subject association. A shared drive enables you to share resources with each other and school mentors.
Leeds Beckett University provide the PGCE for our SCITT and this is all online. The modules perfectly compliment the training we deliver and you will gain 60 Master's level credits (https://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_distancelearning/)
Our programme documentation has been described by Ofsted: "Documentation is very well designed and contributes significantly to trainees' success on the course"
Assessment of trainees for QTS is based on all of the following:
- Regular observations of lessons with feedback and target setting
- Grading against each of the Teacher Standards at the end of each placement
- Formative feedback about progress against the Teacher Standards throughout the placements
- Assessment of a Best Evidence Portfolio at the end of the programme.
We have been highly praised by Ofsted for our approach to trainee workload, keeping our requirements concise yet effective.