About us

"Join us, and be the future of education"

Welcome from Anna Richards​

I am delighted that you are considering a career in teaching. In my view, it is the best job in the world – and now more than ever we need inspirational teachers joining our profession to inspire and support the next generation. Join us and be the future of the profession.

The depth and strength of our partnership with schools across Suffolk and Norfolk means that we train our trainees to be part of the whole teaching profession rather than training them to teach in just one type of school. We believe it is vitally important to give trainees the fullest experience while training, and I invite you to read some of our alumni feedback for a flavour of philosophy and quality of delivery.

Anna Richards,
Executive Leader

Welcome
Our Context

We are delighted to welcome you to Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT

We are a dynamic, high-quality, well established teacher training provider which offers a range of school-based routes into teaching. If you are considering a career in teaching, then we cannot wait to meet you.

We're proud of our profession and are privileged to be able to work with so many inspirational trainees as they start their journey to become excellent teachers and future school leaders. No day is ever the same and the rewards of working with young people are incredibly hard to top!

Personalised

Personalised

We offer high levels of support for your professional and academic needs. Your support from the SCITT programme will be from a range of SCITT tutors who will guide you through your training with regular visits and frequent meetings and dialogues. You will also be supported by a mentor and the professional tutor in your placement school.’

Relational

Relational

The importance we put on building relationships with each other and your mentor and SCITT Tutors is recognised by what our alumni say about how supported they felt by everyone who was involved in their training.

Ethical

Ethical

We will encourage you to develop a commitment to professional learning throughout your teaching career. We want you to become resilient and reflective teachers who stay in the teaching career so you can make a difference to the life chances of young people.

Hear From Our Trainees

Meet The Course Leadership Team

Led by our dedicated team of experienced education professionals, our team of tutors, wellbeing and administration support staff are proud to deliver high quality support throughout your experience

Dr Sally Wilkinson

Primary Course Leader

Dr Sally Wilkinson

Sally has worked in primary schools in Suffolk as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher. Before taking up the role of Primary SCITT Leader in December 2017, she worked as a school improvement adviser for Suffolk LA. Sally is passionate about the power of education to transform lives. The next generation of outstanding teachers are the future of education and she feels privileged to be part of the SCITT team training teachers to work in Suffolk and Norfolk schools.

Anna Richards

Executive Leader

Anna Richards

Anna has worked for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT for over six years and is proud to be the Executive Leader of one of the biggest SCITTs in the country. Prior to this she worked in a range of primary and special schools finishing her teaching career with five years as a primary head teacher. Whilst working in schools, Anna saw first-hand the positive impact trainee teachers have on a school community and on school improvement. It is this experience that informs her work with Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT

Jo Seller

Primary Senior Trainer

Jo Seller

Jo worked in schools in Suffolk as a primary school teacher in various roles for ten years before joining Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT. Jo has been the Primary Senior Trainer for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT since 2014. She is passionate about trainee well-being and is a trained Mental Health First Aider and is driving the programme forward on developing our awareness and commitment to promoting positive mental health, equality, diversity and inclusion with our trainees and partnership schools.

Sandy Thornton

Sandy Thornton

Sandy worked in primary schools in Essex and Suffolk as teacher, advanced skills teacher, SLE and assistant headteacher for seventeen years before joining the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT in April 2020. Sandy is passionate about learning and believes in a ‘can do’ approach. She is an advocate for growth mindset and is proud to be part of the SCITT team, inspiring trainee teachers to reach their potential.

Meet Our Business Support Team

Emma Howes

Emma Howes

Business Support Officer for Secondary and Primary Salaried programmes

Molly Flowers

Molly Flowers

Business Support Officer for Primary programme and Primary Recruitment

Ade Burch

Ade Burch

Business Support Finance Manager

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Business Support Officer for Primary Programmes

Lucinda James

Lucy James

Business Support Co-ordinator for Secondary programmes and Recruitment

Videos

Our Online Networking Platform

We know that teachers and teacher training students have as much to give as they have to learn – which is why we’ve developed a powerful digital platform to support students and alumni to interact, share good practice, raise questions and mutually support each other.

Email: enquiries@suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk

Phone: 01473 265077

Address: SCITT Centre, University of Suffolk, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ