About the course
We offer specialisms in General Primary, General Primary with Mathematics, Early Years, Special Needs or Key Stage 2. We provide a unique opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk for trainees to immerse themselves in a diverse range of teaching and training experiences which by the final term are highly personalised.
The training comprises of 3 placements in 2 contrasting schools over the course of the year combined with 55 days in centre training.
The centre based training is provided by expert trainers, many of whom are still serving teachers. It covers all National Curriculum subjects and key aspects of primary education such as behaviour management, SEND and assessment. Trainees also have sessions focused on the two assignments and one presentation which contribute to their PGCE qualification (including 60 credits at M Level).
All trainees have a personal tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes weekly email contact, visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews.
The Tuition SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with their partnership school head teachers. You will lead a 10-minute teaching activity in a partnership school. If this this is successful, you will be invited to attend a task day.
At the task day you will undertake some short written tests to gauge your fundamental English and mathematics skills and some interpersonal tasks.
This will be followed by an interview.
How school placements work
We have access to the SCITT partnership of over 250 schools. This is well-established and we have clear and strong working relationships with a range of primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk. We go to great lengths, through quality assurance and out local knowledge, to ensure that all placements are of a high standard, Trainees are supported by school mentors who are enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals.
Trainees spend approximately 26 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with the spring term in a contrasting school.
The distance to school placements will vary. These take into account the trainee's home address, whether they have their transport and the placement that the school is able to offer. Our policy is to endeavour to keep journey times to school to a maximum of 50 minutes each way.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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GCSE English, Mathematics and Science Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)
(Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents.)
A UK first degree (or equivalent). Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points)
If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the responsibility is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.
We are looking for committed, resilient individuals who are ready to undertake an exciting but rigorous training year. We are interested in people who are passionate and enthusiastic about children's learning and have a desire to promote the best outcomes for children of all abilities. You need to be open to constructive feedback and see it as a tool to help you to achieve your potential by the end of the year. You must be organised and self-motivated as although there is lots of support, you also need to be focused on the commitment involved within this training year.
*Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. This check is carried out by your placement school but Primary SCITT do need to check your identity before starting the course.
*Meet the 'Fit to Teach' criteria. This is organised by your placement school as part of their pre-employment checks.
*If an applicant has lived oversea for more than three months in the past five years in line with safer recruitment practice they will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct from that country.
About the training provider
A Suffolk Schools Education Trust (ASSET) is a primary multi-academy trust consisting of 13 schools based in Suffolk with hubs of schools in the Bungay and Halesworth area of north-east Suffolk as well as in Ipswich and the Shotley peninsula.
We have been committed to training teachers for over seven years placing students in schools across the region. Our lead school,
St Helen's Primary, is based in the centre of Ipswich and provides additional training in supporting EAL children with its diverse,
multi-cultural school setting. Additional SEN training is organised locally through our networks of schools.
We work closely with schools both within and outside of the
multi-academy trust. Some of the schools in our network are small, village schools. Others are large primaries based in the centre or outskirts of Ipswich. The majority of our students have gone on to work at one of our schools.
Training and accreditation is provided by Suffolk and Norfolk School Centred Initial Teaching Training who offer outstanding primary PGCE programmes through the salaried, tuition and assessment-only routes.
Further information is available at http://www.suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk/
About the accredited body
The Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT programme is a personalised, relational and ethical training provider. SCITT has very high attainment and employment outcomes for trainees. On average 70% of trainees are outstanding and 95% of trainees are employed in local schools by the end of their training year. Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience in schools as classroom practitioners, headteachers or members of senior leadership teams, so a wealth of experience to share with trainees. The course is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.
Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.
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