Somerset SCITT’s curriculum is based on our INSPIRE principles:
Support and progress of pupils though assessment
Promoting high expectations
Response to and critically engage with research and national developments
Enhance trainees subject and pedagogical knowledge
Trainees choosing an Early Years specialism have six additional professional development opportunities led by the Strategic Manager:
Early Years Lead alongside senior early years leaders across Somerset schools. The focus for these days includes:
Effective Practice in Early Years
Child-led Activities vs Teacher-led activities
Curriculum Planning for continuous provision
Communication Friendly Environment
Assessment for Progress
You will undertake 3 Placements,
Autumn Term 1 duration of 7 weeks
Spring Term duration of 8 weeks
Summer Term duration of 9 weeks
These are in Reception and Key stage 1 classes.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with a genuine interest in working with children.
You need to be adaptable and responsive, be able to multi task and be committed to the principles of life-long learning; at Somerset SCITT, we believe that the most effective teacher is someone who sees themselves as a learner too.
Experience of working in a school is not essential, but is an advantage. Reading about child development, reflecting on the role of a teacher and finding out about current education developments nationally and locally would be advisable preparation for the interview process.
Additional mandatory requirements are:
Proof of Identification
To comply with KCSIE (2022) online search of all shortlisted candidates will be completed.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in Somerset began in 1997 in partnership with the University of Worcester. Somerset SCITT has continued to grow from strength to strength, providing high quality, local teacher training to benefit the education of young people across Somerset and the Southwest.
In 2017 Somerset SCITT was awarded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ (in all areas). Our ethos is :
To contribute to the quality and status of the teaching profession by training effective teachers whose classroom proficiency and professional judgement have been developed to a level where they can make the best possible start in their teaching careers.
To encourage Trainees to see all aspects of their training as a basis for their continuing professional development.
To help Trainees understand and become familiar with a range of professional and educational issues and to apply their growing knowledge and skills in a practical and supporting environment.
We currently offer 5 routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary (ages 5-11 years)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Early Years Specialism (ages 3-7 years)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary with SEN Specialism (ages 5-11 years)
School Direct non-salaried
Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship.
If an applicant is successfully shortlisted they will be invited to attend a face to face or virtual interview which comprises of 3 components:
Formal Interview with members of the ITT team
Book Activity - pre set task
We work hard to make sure our interview process is accessible to all potential students.
Applicants are asked to provide proof of qualifications and proof of ID documentation. The duration of the interview is approximately 3 hours.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).