About the course
As a school based provider of initial teacher training, CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. All the tutors on the course are expert, practising teachers, able to guide trainees into a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum and appropriate pedagogy, informed by both research and the tutors’ own practice. During the course, trainees will spend one day (usually Thursdays) in Core Training, and the remaining 4 days a week in school. Whilst in school, trainees carry out specific teaching tasks, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with children in smaller groups; one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment and planning; reading, writing and research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee has a mentor (usually the class teacher) with whom teaching and other tasks are planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. In addition, each trainee is assigned to one of the senior tutor team and each trainee also has a personal tutor. This provides a strong support network for the trainee throughout the course. Trainees will have a choice of attending core training in either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. The course will lead to the award of both QTS and PGCE (The University of Greenwich). For further details please follow the link to CTSNSCITT.
At interview you will usually be asked to teach a Key Stage One or Key Stage Two class for around 20-30 minutes; you will be advised of the year group prior to interview. In addition there will be a short written task, a maths test based on the Key Stage Two maths expectations and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.
How school placements work
We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home. You will spend the first term in one school and then, after Christmas, move to a contrasting school for the remainder of the course.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
£9,250, often covered with a student loan. You would also qualify for a means tested maintenance loan. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.
You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Also, you would need to have GCSE qualifications (grade C/4 or better) in Mathematics, English and Science, or a confirmed equivalent qualification.
As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that children in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.
About the training provider
Teaching can be one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging careers you can choose. And, if you decide to become a teacher, you will want to know that you have got off to the best possible start to your career.
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT programmes have all been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted (May 2013). Trainee outcomes have been consistently high over the past three years with 76% of our primary trainees achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’ and 100% a grade of ‘good’ or better over the past two years. 100% of the 2016-2017 primary cohort secured a teaching post at the end of their training year.
Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT is the largest provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training in the country and their SCITT programme regularly ranks in the UK top 10 (Good Teacher Training Guide Buckingham University).
You can apply for a place on the SCITT Salaried PGCE programme through Barrow CEVC Primary School, the lead school in the ConnectED Teaching School Alliance.
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.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Abbots Green Community Primary School
18 Airfield Rd, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 7PJ
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Ave, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 9EG
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