About the course
At the SCITT, we believe passionately in EVERY child’s entitlement to an excellent education, so they enjoy school, enjoy learning and make very good progress. Our Early Primary (EP) (3-7yr) course is designed to ensure that you complete training with a comprehensive understanding of how young children develop and learn. You will be tutored on three specialist, quality, contrasting placements in both Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One . Here you will be able to use and develop your toolkit of teaching skills which have been underpinned by engaging central training, delivered in bespoke training rooms in our primary school base. You will learn about research-based learning theories in practical hands-on lessons, demonstrated by skilled, passionate trainers. This consistently rated OFSTED outstanding programme offers 60 full days of central training, more than the majority of current ITT programmes. Trainees enter their NQT year confident and secure in their understanding of both the EYFS and KS1.
A key strength of our programme is making the training personalised so that all trainees are challenged and supported at every step in becoming the best teacher they can be. The SCITT outcomes in terms of the percentage of trainees awarded QTS and gaining employment are at the top of the DfE tables for providers in Leicestershire (provider performance profiles). In the last 3 years over 97% of our trainees have been graded as `Good’ or `Outstanding’ against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of training.
The EP course, leads to QTS across the full (3-11yr) primary age range. You will graduate with a full University of Leicester internationally recognised Masters level PGCE and have full use of the University facilities.
Graduates of this course often rapidly gain leadership positions in Early Primary teams as their career progresses. Equally, the skills gained mean that graduates are also able to take up positions in Key Stage 2.
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“The best thing I've ever done. Comprehensive training, wide variety of settings, excellent support, prepared me for life as a teacher.” Rachel, 2019
In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands.
The SCITT and School Direct partner alliances, will use a two stage interview process for candidates called to interview, normally held on two separate days. It may be possible to hold both interviews on the same day for candidates who need to travel further or candidates who will find attending interview for two half days particularly difficult.
As part of our selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics. These audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to underpin their professional role and high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school.
Preparation materials and information about the interview audits are attached here:
The interview process will also take place in our partner schools and will involve a combination of tasks including:
*a presentation, connected to current educational issues;
*a task working with a small group of early primary or primary pupils;
*a formal interview;
*a reading task.
Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards. Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.
How school placements work
The SCITT partnership knows trainees can only reach their potential if given exceptional support in placements. Teaching is about relationships; and the relationship between a trainee and their class teacher on placement is vitally important. The trust and loyalty of headteachers and teachers in our partner schools, built up over the last 15 years, is a key strength of our training. 7 of the Top 10 Primary Schools in Leicestershire (including the TOP 3) are part of the SCITT partnership, offering SCITT student placements and employing SCITT NQTs. The Real Schools Guide 2019
The consistently high quality of support on 3 different school placements, from dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, underpins our success, making us one of the very top teacher training providers in the country The Good Teacher Training Guides. This maximises opportunities for each trainee to learn from best practice in different settings. Our trainees complete training confident across the EYFS and Key Stage 1 and are fully prepared to work in a wide variety of schools, ready to serve diverse pupil populations.
Placements are carefully matched to trainee’s development needs and SCITT management also take into account the fact that trainees may be using public transport to reach placement schools. Trainees with children are always thought about carefully so as to best support them as they juggle teaching demands with their own childcare arrangements.
Ofsted (2016) reported that “Placement schools are very carefully allocated to provide trainees with teaching experiences across the whole 5-11 age range in a variety of settings. This is an outstanding feature of the training.”
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
To apply for a place on the SCITT course, or accredited SD routes, all applicants must:
- hold (or expect to gain before the start of the course), a UK recognised degree (preferably 2:1 or above) or equivalent.
- already hold GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and mathematics and be able to gain at least a Grade C/4 in science, or equivalent, before the end of June.
- demonstrate they can communicate accurately and effectively in spoken and written Standard English.
All degree subjects will be considered, including subjects not directly linked to a National Curriculum subject.
We are looking for talented, creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across a wide range of subjects within the primary curriculum. Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We look for applicants with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of teaching.
We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also encourage LSAs and career changers.
A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the pressures and rewards of working in a British primary school in the twenty first century. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of one week’s relevant and recent experience in a primary school. We feel this is advantageous to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning in your interview.
Applicants will need to pass health and DBS police checks and have the physical and mental fitness to teach.
About the training provider
The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT has been consistently rated by Ofsted as Outstanding since 2009. In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands. All SCITT trainees are also students at the University of Leicester, gaining an internationally recognised PGCE, with 60 Masters level credits.
Four local Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) work collaboratively with the SCITT as their ITT partner. As a result many of our students are employed in these TSAs, enjoying excellent access to the TSA NQT and career development programmes from the very start of their teaching careers.
Most importantly, over 95% of trainees ever trained with the SCITT have given their training the top rating of "Very Good" .
"I have come out of the SCITT fully prepared, not only as an NQT, but for the full roles and responsibilities of a teacher. Nothing has been a shock to me, I feel well organised, well supported and have even managed to establish that all important work/life balance!
I am so grateful for the SCITT course and everybody who helps to run it, please pass on my thanks!
( Emily, 4 weeks into her NQT year , Google Review, Sept 2019)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Education and training providers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to anticipate the adjustments that disabled students may need. The SCITT is committed to actively promoting equal opportunities in employment and to encouraging participation by disabled people in public life.
If you would describe yourself as having a disability, in accordance with the Equality Act (2010), and need any adjustments made to promote equality of opportunity, please contact us, as soon as possible, so we can discuss your requirements. The best place for you to do this is on your UCAS form. However, you can also do it at any time during your studies, either by telling a member of SCITT Management.
As we are partnered with the University of Leicester, our students can access the Student Support Services offered. The AccessAbility Centre offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties; mental health conditions and autism. The Centre offers study skills support.
The AccessAbility Centre
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Dovelands School, Hinckley Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, East Midlands LE30TJ
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