Frequently Asked Questions
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Starting your teacher training and embarking on a career in education is a big step, so you no doubt have questions about our courses and how SCITT training works.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from SCITT trainees.
What is the role of schools within the SCITT?
Schools are key to the effectiveness of the SCITT. We have strong working relationships with our host schools through regular contact and visits.
In summary, participating schools are expected to…
* take the lead responsibility for the training programme
* provide opportunities for trainees to teach their specialist subjects and phases across appropriate age groups;
* provide a range of learning experiences, such as observation of colleagues, team curriculum planning and shared teaching;
* supervise and support trainees, providing a lead subject or phase mentor;
* monitor and support trainees, providing a SCITT co-ordinator to oversee all aspects of the training;
* mentor and monitor trainees’ teaching;
* monitor, assess and review, setting targets for development in discussion with colleagues;
* provide opportunities for access to local graduate teacher networks;
* ensure that the trainee has allocated time for attending core training and any other off site training agreed in the training plan.
For trainees the right host school is vital to their training, we plan placements carefully, taking into account the needs of the school and the trainee to ensure that the placement offers the best training possible. We combine this with our central training programme to ensure that all training needs are met.
How many school placements do I have?
You will have 2 placements. You will be placed in 1 main school and 1 contrasting school, allowing you to experience different teaching environments and practices.
How long does SCITT training last?
Your training covers the full academic year. You are usually in school on the first day of term with all other teaching staff and will be working with pupils and teachers from the start of your training.
What happens If you are selected for interview:
You will be asked to prepare a task to bring to your interview and should expect to undertake a written task on the day.
You will be invited to an interview by a small panel comprising a Partnership tutor and a senior colleague from one of our partner schools
You will be expected to answer a range of questions which are designed to explore the qualities and criteria set out above
You will need to bring to interview original certificates of all qualifications, and proof of identity
You will be asked to complete a short exercise to demonstrate your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
You may be asked to teach a class or a small group of students.
What happens if you are successful at the partnership interviews?
You will be recommended to a partner school as a prospective trainee.
Where you have identified a potential supporting school the Partnership manager will discuss with the head or senior colleague the school’s capacity for the training programme.
When a school is confirmed as the host school you should expect to be interviewed by the school, following its recruitment and selection processes.
Before commencing the programme you will have had the terms of your training out in a contract between you, the host school and the Partnership.
You will have had a satisfactory criminal background check and all other requisite checks will be carried out.
Formal offers of SCITT places will be made by Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and not by individual schools.
What other considerations are there when selecting trainees?
In addition to the requirements listed on our How To Apply page we look for applicants who demonstrate:
A commitment to the area covered by the Partnership.
An intention to seek employment locally after successful completion of the programme.
Residency may be used as a determining factor in selection for a place when all other factors are seen as equal.
Applicants will be classified against our allocation criteria: shortage secondary subjects; high quality primary applicants; high quality secondary applicants.
Applicants with a supporting school and those without a school will be considered equitably, subject to the availability of an appropriate training school.
Applicants already working in a school must not assume that acceptance on to the programme is automatic: selection is through interview by both the Partnership and the host school.
If you have any questions not covered by the FAQs above then please get in touch.
We would be happy to help you with any questions or queries you may have.
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