Why choose our course?

So what are the benefits of the National Modern Languages SCITT course? Firstly, a SCITT  is School Centred Initial Teacher Training. This means it’s a great mix of both academic and hands-on training. At the heart of our SCITT is Silverdale School which is an outstanding school, a teaching school and a highly experienced provider of teacher training. We also work with Sheffield Hallam University, who also have a great track record of training teachers. All of this means we are confident that you will receive an excellent start to your teaching career with The National Modern Languages SCITT and that you will be well placed to gain employment.

Our partner schools are drawn from the best state and independent schools and are available in many parts of England, so you have plenty of options when it comes to the location of your placement – plus you’ll have the support of the whole group of linguists when you meet in Sheffield for our combined training over the year.

Other benefits of the National Modern Languages SCITT course include the fact that we are the only national teacher training course that focuses solely on modern languages teaching. You get to focus on your subject, working with experts in the field, alongside other trainee teachers of modern languages.

Why choose this route into teaching?

  • You are supported at every stage by experienced mentors.
  • You train with other modern languages trainees.
  • You are taught by experts in language teaching.
  • You receive first class, school-based training but with full access to University facilities.
  • You can train in both state and independent schools.
  • Your placements are in the very best modern language departments.
  • We provide a unique familiarisation programme and support from the very start.
  • You are part of a cohort of trainees, providing you with friendship and support.
  • You join a well-established Teaching School that will be with you every step of your career, and with a track record of getting trainees into employment.
  • Your course is designed by current teachers, rooted in the reality of life in the classroom.

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Benefits of Our SCITT Teacher Training Programme

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What should all teacher training courses provide?

Before you decide which route into teaching you want to take, you should find out about the common factors that apply across all teacher training courses. To become a qualified teacher, you need to successfully complete teacher training. By doing so, you’ll achieve ‘qualified teacher status’ – or QTS.

All teacher training courses must include: a) A minimum of 120 days in at least two schools to give you practical classroom experience; b) The study of education theory and practice to give you the knowledge and understanding to teach successfully; c) An assessment of your teaching skills (through being observed teaching classes) against national teaching standards in the relevant age groups.

What will I learn?

The National Modern Languages SCITT will help you to become an outstanding teacher in Languages and by the end of our course you will:

  • know and understand how to teach all aspects of languages
  • be able to plan and prepare for lessons and set pupils’ learning objectives
  • have strong classroom management skills, such as knowing how to promote good behaviour and minimise disruption
  • know how to teach pupils with special educational needs and disabilities
  • be able to assess pupils effectively

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