Your Training Experience

EAST SCITT is school centred training, so trainees will generally spend 20% in training and 80% in schools.

During 100% of your time with us we will support you with:

Planning, preparation and assessment of lessons
Initially in both training and mentor meetings you will be given lots of guidance on how to plan and deliver lessons as well as how to assess pupil work. Increasingly you will take personal ownership using the skills and knowledge you will have learnt. To acquire Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you will provide examples of your actual practice with reflections on your development.

Setting and maintaining a heathy work/life balance
The life of a teacher is demanding, but it is also really enjoyable and rewarding. Throughout the programme we will live by this philosophy and show you practical ways to ensure you maintain a healthy work/life balance. Please see our wellbeing page for further details.

When in training you will experience:

Full Cohort Training Sessions
Every week the full cohort of trainees will be brought together for training led by an expert in aspects of education such as, Behaviour Management, Lesson Planning and Safeguarding and Child Protection. The first two weeks of the programme will be entirely spent in this way.

Subject Knowledge Development
You will be with all of the trainees in your subject or if you specialise in Primary your age range, for a minimum of six training sessions throughout your training period. These sessions will be led by the most expert practitioners who will oversee the development of the knowledge and practice you need in your specialism.

At all levels of your training you can call upon the support of, your EAST SCITT tutor, your placement school mentors, your subject mentor, a senior member of staff in your placement school, your subject lead and the leaders of EAST SCITT. You need never feel alone!

Intervention – Changing the life of an individual
Your training period is an ideal time to take the opportunities to provide special support and guidance to the most disadvantaged pupils. For example, pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). This will give you a tremendous insight into how you can develop the learning of all pupils.

When in school you will experience:

Most schools hold a short meeting for staff at the beginning of at least one day a week. It is invaluable to attend these to hear crucial information and to understand the ethos of the school.

Form Time
In all schools there will be time at the start of the day when a register is formally taken and the welfare of the students is checked. Depending on the age range, Primary, Secondary and Post-16, there will be a range of activities developing the students as citizens. This is the perfect time to get to know the young people you are responsible for as human beings and to help them develop.

The amount you teach will depend upon the time of year and the stage of development you are at as a teacher. In the early part of the programme you will be observing, supporting and co-teaching classes. As you progress, you will be increasingly responsible for your classes, teaching them in your own right. We deliberately take a stepped approach so that you secure excellent teaching.

Mentor Meetings
Every week you will meet with your mentor to review and further develop your progress. Your mentor will be a teacher, expert in your subject and/or age range.

Extra Curricular / Duties
The more you immerse yourself in the life of your placement school the more you will enjoy the experience and the more you will learn about the community you have joined. This might include being on playground duty, running a club, supporting sports or arts events, or being part of school trips.