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Southend SCITT celebrates the achievements of its first cohort of trainee teachers! 

This week saw the culmination of Southend SCITT’s first year in operation – an impressive 100% pass rate of its 24 trainee teachers, all at good and above with 63% being graded at outstanding. This is a fantastic achievement and as most of the trainees have been employed by local schools for their first teaching post bodes well for education in Southend. 

Southend SCITT is based at Southend High School for Girls, which operates as the Lead School. It provides teacher training for secondary school teaching in a variety of subjects leading to the award of QTS (qualified teacher status) and a PGCE (post graduate certificate in education). The aim of the SCITT programme is to provide ‘on the job’ training. This is made possible due to the commitment, dedication and experience of the staff involved in designing, monitoring and delivering the programme; all of whom come from Southend schools involved in the partnership and Canterbury Christchurch University. Penny Bowman, Southend SCITT Director and Acting Deputy Head at Southend High School for Girls says, ‘One of the main strengths of the programme lies in the strength of the partnership of schools and the HEI provider involved.’ 

Southend SCITT has already recruited 31 trainees for the next academic year. Due to the rigorous recruitment process the next cohort has the potential to be equally good or better.

Penny Bowman 
SCITT Director

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