About the course
DPSCITT offers a 1 year Primary PGCE Programme with Qualified Teacher Status, which is carefully structured, through central and school-based training, to maximise learning.
Our Couse is constantly updated with Headteachers and School-based Tutors to ensure that it is ‘Inspirational, creative, innovative and transformational’ (Ofsted, 2016)
Relationships are key, and our ‘class-sized’ cohort brings a broad range of experiences, while everyone feels known and valued. Trainees are supported extremely well by school and centre-based staff, with a focus on personal wellbeing. Also, our friendly and approachable Director is available at the centre and in school for 1:1 discussions, and provides 24/7 support via phone and e-mail.
“Strong professional relationships lie at the heart of the high-quality training offered by the SCITT. Leaders possess a deep understanding of how teachers learn their craft. Their expert skills in training teachers have been honed through years of collaborative practice and rigorous self-evaluation.” (Ofsted, 2016)
Personalised and cohesive, the Course emphasises learning through dialogue and reflection on experience, linked to educational theory. Through interactive training and individual coaching, trainees are supported to develop their own teaching philosophies and identities. School-based tasks contextualise and extend the learning gained from each centre-based training session.
Centre-Based Training forms 25% of the Course and is provided by exceptional national and local consultants, specialists and serving practitioners who are passionate about their subjects. Trainers inspire and encourage creative and dynamic approaches to the curriculum and to professional practice. Training sessions are multi-layered, with theoretical subject knowledge applied within smaller group activities, and excellent teaching and assessment practice is modelled explicitly.
School-based training forms 75% of the Course and is carefully planned to build confidence in teaching, develop understanding, and experience the wider role of a teacher. Specific tasks, linked to the centre-based training, include focused observations, reading, and teaching opportunities within your ‘home class’, and across the school. With daily and weekly support from your Class Teacher and School-based Tutor, these build towards blocked Teaching Practices each term.
Masters Credits are awarded for 2 of the 3 written Assignments, which enable you to relate theory to practice in SEND, Maths and Phonics. A further practical Assignment allows you to design and teach a creative, cross-curricular teaching sequence.
There is an opportunity to complete the Spring term placement in a Special School, for those considering becoming a SENDCO or teaching within Specialist provision.
Up to six candidates are invited to each interview day. These take place at one of our Partnership Schools with the Director and Headteachers.
Interview days are informal and enjoyable, providing a range of opportunities for each candidate to demonstrate their skills and attributes. They are also designed to provide meaningful insights into the Course itself to enable you to make an informed choice.
Candidates will be invited to:
• Lead a short teaching session with 6 children (prepared in advance).
• Write a brief evaluation of the teaching session
• Complete short Literacy and Maths papers
• Collaborate in a discussion-based group task.
• Participate in an informal interview.
During the day there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and gain a good understanding of our Course. You will also be able to meet current and former trainees over lunch to find out about it from their perspectives.
All candidates are offered detailed feedback following the interview, and individual Course Preparation Plans are provided for successful candidates.
“Fab interview process…Very open and friendly”
“It was amazing to be part of the day in a school setting”
“I really enjoyed the day and feel more confident in my choice of career”
(Candidates at interview day)
How school placements work
All our Partnership Schools have been selected for their commitment to developing children and adults, within an ethos of openness and collaboration.
We have a very good range of Partnership Schools across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, and are committed to organising both your placements in schools close to your home. If you have a preferred Key Stage, we ensure that you start the Course in this, and spend two of your three terms there. Also, as we know our schools and their staff well, we are able to consider your individual requirements, strengths and personalities when arranging placements.
In each of your placements, you will receive:
• The regular support of your Class Teacher and School-based Tutor
• Weekly Seminar Meetings to discuss, monitor and guide your training
• Opportunities to observe and work alongside excellent practitioners
• Professional guidance from key staff across the school
• Opportunities to be involved in the wider life of the school community
You are welcomed into your ‘home’ school on the first day of term, where you will spend the Autumn and Summer Terms. In the Spring you transfer to your second placement, which will be in the alternative Key Stage and can, if you wish, be in a Special school.
Your School-based Tutor and coach will meet with you each week to coordinate and personalise your training, drawing on the expertise of all school staff.
Prior to your second placement, your ‘home’ School-based Tutor will meet with your next School-based Tutor to ensure a smooth transition. They will also visit you in your second placement. Before Easter, they will meet with you, and your Spring term School-based Tutor, to prepare your Summer term training programme.
Opportunities to observe and participate in the wider life of your placement schools, through staff and parent’s meetings, and other school events, mean you are fully prepared for your first teaching post.
“This Course has given me more than I ever felt it could. Now, not only do I have confidence in my teaching ability, I also have confidence in myself.” (Katie, former trainee)
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Tuition Fees are £9,250 for the year.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
You can apply to the Student Loan Company for a Tuition Fee Loan and means tested maintenance loans.
DPSCITT has a small means tested bursary for Trainees on the programme that may experience financial difficulties during the year. Contact us if you wish to know more.
Candidates will need to hold a degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification.
At the time of application, candidates must have GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and Science.
We are keen to hear from people who enjoy children’s perspectives, want to make a real difference for them and have:
• a passion for learning and teaching
• an ability to build positive relationships with children and adults
• strong interpersonal and communication skills
• a positive, creative and proactive approach
• a commitment to collaboration and team-working
• an ability to reflect on and analyse practice
• an openness to advice and feedback
• a desire to develop personally and professionally
Candidates are required to successfully complete the following before starting the programme:
- The Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
- A range of Safeguarding Checks regarding your suitability to work with young people, including an Enhanced DBS check
- A fitness to teach medical declaration.
About the training provider
The Devon Primary SCITT provides high quality, personalised school-based training across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
We are a committed partnership of 50 primary and special schools, passionate about inspiring the next generation of outstanding teachers.
Our PGCE is validated by the University of Plymouth.
We are very proud of our reputation for developing reflective teachers, with strong foundations for successful teaching careers. Our family ethos means we keep in touch with former trainees, many of whom are now Headteachers or Senior Leaders.
What others say:
- OFSTED judged us to be Outstanding in all 4 of our inspections (2003, 2006, 2009 & 2016). Their latest report commented on our “Outstanding personalised training, professional development and pastoral support” and our “dynamic training programme that is carefully tailored to meet the needs of each trainee and …. gives them the best possible start to their teaching career” (Ofsted, 2016)
- NQTs ranked us as the Top Provider in the Country for overall quality of training in the last Government survey.
- The “Good Teacher Training Guide” consistently ranks us in the Top 5 of National Training Providers.
Our Employment rates are amongst the highest in the country.
As part of the Devon Teaching School Partnership, we provide NQT and NPQ Leadership Programmes to further develop your career.
At the heart of our Partnership and Programme is:
- Children’s development and learning
- Strong relationships and personal support
- Cohesive and interactive training
- Dialogue and individual coaching
- Reflection and applied learning
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have extensive experience of supporting trainees with a range of physical and specific learning difficulties, ensuring that their individual needs are met. In addition to the time, resources and strategies provided by Course Tutors, trainees are encouraged to apply for the Disabled Student Allowance. This is used to fund further study support which is organised with external agencies.
The Course is highly personalised and supportive. The Director, Course Tutors and School-based staff get to know each trainee very well, and catering for individual needs is a key strength of the Programme.
“The pastoral and professional support of DPSCITT staff is amazing, and a stand out feature of the course.” (Alannah, former trainee)
Regular 1:1 meetings are timetabled with the Director to discuss each trainee’s needs and wellbeing, and trainees are encouraged to seek further support when necessary. Each week, School-based Tutors provide quality time to support each trainee, planning and coordinating their individual training programme.
“Learning Conversations, which adopt a coaching approach to trainees’ professional development, are at the heart of this outstanding training programme. Skilled DPSCITT and school-based staff ensure each conversation is personal to that trainee and focused on their specific learning successes and areas for development.” (Ofsted, 2016)
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