A highly focused course that is built on specialist input by leading practitioners from a diverse range of teaching contexts.
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Welcome to Southend SCITT School Centred Initial Teacher Training
A partnership which ‘is gaining a well-deserved reputation for training high-quality NQTs that local schools are keen to employ,’ and whose ‘pursuit of excellence is central to partnership activities.’ (Ofsted 2016)
Contact us to start your teaching career:
Please email email@example.com or call 01702 583079
THE AIMS OF THE SOUTHEND SCITT
The overall aim of the SCITT programme is to foster the development of professional skills, knowledge and attitudes needed by teachers in order to engage, stimulate and promote students’ learning.
Trainees will consolidate their subject knowledge, considering further its intrinsic features from the perspectives of out-of-the-classroom teaching and learning and in the classroom teaching and learning. Through discussion with the practising teachers leading the course, trainees will develop awareness and understanding of the influence particular aspects of their subject will have on work with students in the classroom. By the end of the year trainees will have acquired the ability to see and interpret educational situations in new ways and have gained a growing awareness of their capabilities and potential as teachers, working both individually and in groups.
The Southend SCITT believes that a spirit of intellectual enquiry should match the practical competence of teachers, focusing on how to stimulate and support effective and worthwhile learning of all students. A balance of these attributes is essential for proficiency in the classroom.
Penny Bowman SCITT Director
The children of Southend deserve inspiring and skilled teachers who can give them the best start in life. With our consistently high completion rates and 100% employment rates, (80% of posts from our last cohort were to local school) Ofsted think that the Southend SCITT is definitely helping to ‘increase the pool of effective teachers in Southend-on-Sea.’
If you are looking for a training scheme which provides a ‘range of high-quality training experiences,’ ‘gives trainees an effective introduction to the role of the teacher,’ where the assessment of trainees is found to be ‘robust’ ‘rigorous’ and ‘accurate,’ and the pastoral care judged as ‘high quality,’ then look no further.
To read the OfSTED report in full please go to the ‘news’ section.
For primary teacher training please go to www.thamesprimaryscitt.co.uk
Why train with us
Experienced teacher trainers, many of whom are outstanding teachers currently practicing in the Southend area
A teacher training methodology that will maximize the progression that you make during your first year in the profession
Continuity by basing you in one school but with the opportunity to experience a range of contrasting schools in your second teaching placement.
Training that starts and ends in the classroom – you will be putting theory into practice and learning through doing from day 1
The opportunity for you to work with pupils from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and with different educational needs
Individual mentoring and support that will be there for you, every step of the way
The opportunity to gain a PGCE as well as QTS from an outstanding university PGCE and Masters accreditor
The opportunity to take Masters modules alongside your teaching qualification.
A strong partnership of schools ensuring a quality experience for you.
Previous Student TeachersWorking professionals who trained with us
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“Having worked in a very different profession for a number of years prior to my decision to step into teaching I was, of course, keen to make the correct choice of training partner to begin my career. Following research into the various routes and meeting a number of suppliers I found Southend SCITT to be the most transparent and fit most with my desire to step straight into a school environment.
The subsequent interview process was efficient and provided sufficient opportunity to discuss my questions and concerns. From this point throughout my year I enjoyed an open and straightforward communication with my host school, the SCITT team at SHSG and CCCU. A clear structure and support system meant that any issues were handled quickly and simply as they arose allowing aspects of the course to be tailored to my needs.
Being in the classroom from day one greatly boosted my confidence and is something I would highly recommend to anyone stepping into this career.”
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'I found the teacher training course challenging and intense but ultimately rewarding. The learning curve was steep and the time flew by. Over the year, teaching in both a comprehensive and grammar school I had to face different challenges but with the support of my personal mentors, the curriculum lead and SCITT co-ordinators, as well as the other trainees, I was able to overcome them and develop and grow in confidence as a teacher.
I now look forward to my NQT year and my future career as a teacher'
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“When I received a place on the Southend SCITT I was excited at the prospect of becoming a classroom teacher. The training and mentoring I received has since enabled me to propel my career into different avenues. I am in NQT+1 year and have already had the experience of stepping in as Acting Learning Manager.
I would not have had the confidence to apply let alone be considered for the role had I not been exposed to elements of pastoral care and safeguarding during my training. Training days within the SCITT involve bringing people together, from different places in their lives, to learn about how to inspire future generations. I have taken skills from sessions in sharing good practice and working together into my department. I have been able to provide CPD for colleagues; opening up avenues of teaching which they may not have considered before, looking at the curriculum in different ways and preparing lower key stages for their future examinations.
By gaining my PGCE alongside working in a school I have been able to move forward in my career with clear ambition and confidence.”
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‘I began Southend SCITT in 2016, I had thought about teaching since my graduation from university but had never actively pursued it, choosing instead to work and live in London and abroad. Once I had finally made the choice to begin a career in teaching I applied to Southend SCITT. I was immediately supported by the leadership team, offering advice and guidance in the many approaches to teaching and what would be best suited to me.
I completed my training year, progressing to a geography position in a nearby local academy. Since then I have progressed to the Subject Lead within my subject, all the while being continuously supported by SCITT mentor Rebecca Foster and the SCITT leadership team, Penny Bowman and Christian Gilson.
The SCITT approach allows for an invaluable experience into the life and role of a teacher within a school. The support from CCCU in completing my PGCE assignments was excellent, with Katie Kennedy (our mentor from CCCU) regularly leading sessions and being available almost 24/7 for advice. I can safely say that whilst my career in teaching is relatively new, the SCITT and their approach is one that lends itself incredibly well to preparing students for what awaits them in this incredibly fulfilling job.'
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Accelerate is a brand-new professional development programme, tailor-made for teachers in the first five years of their career. It’s free for teachers from eligible schools; those that are Ofsted graded 3 or 4 and/or are in a DfE-identified ‘opportunity’ or ‘priority’ area.
Accelerate will provide teachers with the tools and support they need to fast-track their teaching skills and build their confidence. The programme has been specifically designed to improve pupil attainment and keep talented teachers within the profession.
The four-term programme, which aligns with the new Government Recruitment and Retention Strategy, and particularly The Early Career Framework, begins in the spring term 2019. Registration is currently well underway, and it is advisable to apply as soon as possible as spaces are limited and will be allocated on first-come-first-served basis after eligibility.
How does Accelerate work?
Accelerate delivers evidence-informed training that has been designed around what works and with the demands of a teaching timetable and the needs of the school in mind. The blended learning programme is delivered with maximum flexibility through a unique mix of online learning, expert instructional coaching, workshops and a local peer support network to minimise time away from the classroom. In addition, an in-school mentor will ensure that coaching and support is aligned with school priorities and culture.
The wider school community benefits from specialist training for existing or new mentors while school leaders will be able to access professional development in the use of research and evidence to improve teaching.
Accelerate is designed and managed by Education Development Trust in partnership with The Chartered College of Teaching. Find out more and register at accelerate-teaching.co.uk
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