Why choose North Lincolnshire School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme?
The programme offered by the North Lincolnshire SCITT Partnership, has been developed over many years and has a proven track record and excellent reputation with local schools as a high performing training provider. With partner schools fully involved in all aspects of the programme design and delivery, a key strength is evidenced through the shared commitment and resolve held by all stakeholders to producing good and outstanding teachers capable of making a significant difference to the lives of the children in the local area.
The course offered by North Lincolnshire SCITT Partnership follows the key principle of extensive training in the school environment, exposing trainees immediately to cutting edge practical delivery, in good and outstanding schools, with central training providing the necessary rigour of a theoretical framework.
Commencing on day one of the academic year, approximately four days are spent each week (this can vary) throughout the year in school with the remaining day following the core training programme. Additionally, an Enrichment Programme provides opportunities for trainees to visit other leading schools in the area to observe best practice.
The centrally delivered training programme focuses on the key principles and fundamentals of teaching and learning pedagogy, curriculum and subject knowledge development, theories of learning which underpin practical application, research and reflective practice.
In-school training is provided through the use of school-based trainers and teacher colleagues in hosting schools. Throughout the year, a series of assessed gap tasks are set that link the theoretical sessions to practical application in the classroom.
Training takes place in two contrasting schools with an initial placement in the first term, (September – December, 47 days), and the main placement over two terms, (January – June, 73 days), spent in the second location. In both placements, trainees spend the equivalent of four days in their host schools where they learn ‘on the job’, tapping into the expertise around them.
The benefit of two long placements is the opportunity for trainees to establish themselves as team members so they can fully immerse themselves in the wider life of the school.
Partner schools, where placements take place, provide a good variety of training possibilities ranging from large schools and academies located in urban environments to small community and church schools in rural villages, and include schools with culturally rich and diverse communities, enabling applicants to experience teaching in contrasting contexts. There are usually 25 schools within the partnership in any given training year.
Academic support for the PGCE is provided by our HEi partner, Bishop Grosseteste University, and is led by tutors both on university campus and at the central training venue. Trainees receive support to complete two 5000-word assignments leading to the award, which gives 60 credits at Masters' level.
Recruitment and retention rates are excellent. The core programme benefits from this success as many ex-trainees become involved as mentors and training facilitators, enabling them to pass on the best possible advice and support based on their own experiences of school-centred training.
All due consideration is made to ensure that applicants with specific needs are catered for so that they are not disadvantaged in any way. All trainees have access to Welfare and Counselling Services as part of the local authority responsibility so applicants with any mental health problems can be fully supported by expert practitioners.