What is the Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Salaried PGCE programme?
- This 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.
- It is an employment based programme so you are employed as an unqualified teacher by your placement school from the start of September.
- This programme is suitable for those of you who are already employed in a school, can start the year teaching at least five hours of your own classes and your current school wishes to support you in gaining QTS and is prepared to contribute to your salary.
What can we offer you as a trainee?
- As a trainee on Salaried 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 will support you in developing your teaching and learning knowledge and will have regular meetings and dialogue 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 Friday 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. 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.
How do you obtain your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)?
We are in partnership with the University of Suffolk. 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.
There is an additional cost for the PGCE and this affordable 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 .
Supporting your continuous professional learning
- 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 we will introduce you to how to become a member at induction at the end of August.
- 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.