School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is essentially an apprenticeship model of teacher training. Instead of being based in a Higher Education Institution, trainees are based in a host school and benefit from a range of training experiences, delivered both centrally and within a range of schools.
Instead of being based in an HEI, trainees are based in a host school and benefit from a range of training experiences, delivered both centrally and within a range of schools.
Why choose Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT?
We are an established and successful teacher training provider and have been training teachers in West Yorkshire since 2002. We work primarily with schools in the Kirklees Council and Calderdale Local Authority area but have also worked with schools in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford and Rotherham.
Our trainees achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the highest level. In 2016 over 92% of trainees achieved the highest grades of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. We have links with Huddersfield University which enables our trainees to have the option to study for a PGCE and achieve 60 Masters credits. We have a proven track record of employment. In 2016 over 95% of our trainees successfully gained teaching posts following their training, with over 50% being employed by Kirklees schools. We hold our own training places through the SCITT route via NCTL and we also work with several School Direct programmes as the accreditation body. We currently work with Heckmondwike Grammar School and Batley Birstall Partnership to accredit their School Direct programmes.
We would welcome enquiries from other Schools Direct Alliances to further support all Kirklees schools, by ensuring high quality teachers of the future.
The SCITT Programme is a rigorous and practical route of teacher training leading to the award of QTS. The programme requires trainees to develop a wide range of teaching skills, to reflect on their practice and to demonstrate from the evidence of their school and other training experiences that they meet the requirements of the professional standards for teaching.
Participants will spend the majority of their time in a lead school with opportunities to work in contrasting schools throughout the training year. Our trainees also meet regularly with their peers to train, network and support each other.
2017-18 SCITT places
We have places for Primary and Secondary phases. As we anticipate strong competition for core places, we recommend that prospective candidates for both primary and secondary places submit their applications as soon as possible via UCAS. If you have any potential candidates working in your school please highlight the training opportunity to them. Please visit www.kc-scitt.org.uk for more information.
As we anticipate strong competition for core places, we recommend that prospective candidates for both primary and secondary places submit their applications as soon as possible via UCAS.
ITT training programme
Whilst trainees are based in a host school for the majority of the week, a comprehensive training programme is provided centrally to support the inschool training, including courses in vital pedagogical skills such as behaviour management, SEND, inclusion and assessment for learning. Primary trainees also access comprehensive literacy (systematic synthetic phonics), numeracy and specific subject training. Training is typically carried out one day a week either at our central office or in one of our partner schools.
Throughout the training year, trainees are supported by a comprehensive team. This team includes a trained and experienced school-based mentor, a school ITT co-ordinator and a visiting partnership tutor with an extensive knowledge of ITT to support our trainees as well as a phase or subject specialism. Partnership tutors are very experienced professionals with an extensive knowledge of ITT to support trainees. Many of our tutors have extensive experience teaching in schools and have held senior roles both in schools and in our Learning Service Team.
Trainees are monitored throughout the year with daily and weekly lesson observations, weekly professional development meetings in school and a half termly visit by the partnership tutor.
Ways of getting involved
Host a trainee in your school for a main placement or second placement (6 weeks)
Recommend a member of your own staff for ITT
We are constantly building our central team in terms of:
- trainers delivering on our core programme
- partnership visiting tutors
this is a proven professional development opportunity that colleagues have found highly beneficial and rewarding, so if you have colleagues in school with a particular expertise, please contact us.
4. If you are looking for an accreditation body to work with for any School Direct places, please contact us to see how we can work together.
Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT
T: 01924 407547
"The partnership makes a very good contribution in the regional teaching workforce through its consistently high employment rates!"