Our SCITT curriculum begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school two days a week and one training day per week as follows:
Year 1: 2 days per week on placement, one day per week training conferences
Year 2: 2 days per week on placement and online PGCE studies with a short, full time placement in the summer term
The training days will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools and they will be held in several of our school venues according to the best expertise available for each topic.
You will have training and experience in important primary education topics, including phonics and early reading, assessment, special needs and inclusion, working with support staff and parents and leadership. There are many different subjects taught in primary education and you will audit your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach at KS1 and 2. Some of the training days will focus specifically on these subjects. A shared drive enables you to share resources with each other and school mentors. We will be including Sing for Pleasure Vocal Leadership in our curriculum in order to fill a skills gap identified by our school leaders.
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.