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 approximately 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 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 our 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 own 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:
- A UK first degree (or equivalent). Normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points).
- GCSE English Language Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
- GCSE Mathematics Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
- GCSE Science Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
- Overseas qualifications must be assessed by NARIC.
- Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.
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 all children. 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 you will be well supported, 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 is paid for by Primary SCITT with an expectation that you join the update service for £13 per year costed to you.
- Meet the 'Fit to Teach' criteria. Primary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. Initial screening is paid for by Primary SCITT, trainees may be asked to contribute towards additional costs
- If you have lived overseas for more than three months in the past five years you are required to provide a certificate of good conduct from that country.
About the training provider
Harleston C of E Primary Academy is the Lead School of a partnership of five schools in mid North Suffolk and South Norfolk. The partnership works with Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT to provide School Direct Tuition Fee places.
Our partnership of schools comprises a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, infant and junior. They are conveniently located on the mid North Suffolk and South Norfolk border, which means trainees can engage with more than one school in the partnership. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences.
About the accredited body
The Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT programme is a personalised, relational and ethical training provider. Primary 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. Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience as classroom practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership, so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees. Primary SCITT 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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Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT
The SCITT Centre, University of Suffolk, Ipswich IP4 2RL
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