What is the Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Salaried PGCE programme?
Our programme is a school centred teacher training course which awards successful trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters credits.
We have been training teachers across Suffolk and Norfolk for just over twenty years so we have lots of experience in what it takes to train secondary school teachers who stay in the profession.
Our employment rate for our successful trainees is between 90-100% in local secondary schools.
Our trainees also gain jobs in other areas of the country if they relocate at the end of their training year.
The programme is an employment based programme so you are employed by your placement school from the start of September.
You will earn the salary of a full time unqualified teacher as you are in school four days a week and then one day a week you attend a SCITT Core Training day during term time.
This programme is aimed at trainees with school experience and/or confidence to teach at least five hours of their own classes from September.
There is also the opportunity to teach more hours each week in agreement with your employment school and this will be discussed with you at the interview stage with SCITT and your placement school.
What can we offer you as a trainee on the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Secondary Salaried programme?
As a trainee on this programme, you will be learning ‘on the job’ as you will be teaching your own classes from the start of September.
In most cases, we find that Salaried trainees have been already been working in some kind of capacity in their placement schools so the leap to teaching your own classes is not a major one as you will be familiar with the school and their context.
You will have a school mentor in the school who will be advising and supporting you during your training year and will meet with you weekly and observe you weekly too. In addition, you will have a SCITT Tutor who is external to the school. Your SCITT Tutor, who will be a subject specialist, will support your professional development and be in regular contact with you during your training year. They will observe you teaching on a regular basis.
In addition to your days at your placement school, every Thursday you will have a SCITT Core Training day where you will receive training external from your placement school. These sessions will be led by a range of practising teachers and other educationalists who can provide you with knowledge and skills to be able to teach in any future school of your choice. These sessions will be on topics such as behaviour for learning; teaching students with special educational needs; how to assess students’ progress and learning about effective teaching strategies in the classroom.
You will also receive at least six subject knowledge sessions which are delivered by a range of high quality practising teachers across a number of schools who will help you to build up the skills and knowledge you will need to specifically teach your subject in any future school.
We take an evidence informed approach to our teacher training programme and you will be given books to support your learning which are written by educational authors such as Tom Sherrington and Tom Bennett. We are also in partnership with our two local research schools, Unity Research School in Suffolk and Notre Dame Research School in Norfolk. These two research schools have an integral part in the Core Training programme we offer.
To support you in your learning, we will also provide you with a laptop and visualiser for the duration of your training programme.
We value the importance of you building networks with each other and in the profession so during your training year, we will ensure that in various ways, you have the opportunity to interact and engage with a number of trainees and educational speakers during your training year. For example in 2019-2020, we held a conference led by speakers such as Professor John West Burnham, Nat Damon from Reach Academics and Terence Higgins Trust .
How do you obtain your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)?
We are in partnership with the University of Suffolk and the university validates and monitors our PGCE programme and has done so for over six years. The PGCE elements of the programme are integral to the existing Core Training sessions and there is an additional cost for the PGCE. This cost will be shared with you during the recruitment process.
You will be expected to complete three assignments to gain your PGCE and 60 Master credits during your training year. We will fully support you in writing your Masters’ levels assignments. The assignments take a practitioner approach towards your learning at Masters’ level. You will be asked to write assignments which are based on your classroom practice and encourage you to engage with small scale practitioner based research. You will be enrolled as a student with the University of Suffolk so will have access to their full range of library resources and other student support services.
The University of Suffolk has created a Masters course in Education Studies which you can complete at a later stage in your teaching career as the 60 Masters’ credits you gain on our programme count towards the 180 credits which are needed for a full Masters’ degree.
More details about the University of Suffolk Masters’ in Education Studies can be found here .
Becoming a member of the Chartered College of Teaching
We also encourage all of our trainees to become members of the Chartered College of Teaching which is the professional body for teachers. Membership to the Chartered College of Teaching is free for trainee teachers and is highly recommended as it will support you in your journey to become an evidence informed teacher.
Please look at our subject pages to see specifically the content and quality of the subject programmes we offer on this course.
All of our training is aimed at ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to start in your teaching career in any future school of your choice.
Our aim is for you to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.