What is the SCITT programme?
The SCITT teaching programme is the only national course specialising in the training of modern language teachers. The programme is designed to provide a personalised approach as you train to teach and includes regular Day Schools, Online Modules and in-classroom experience to help you reach Qualified Teacher Status. On your teacher training journey, you will be supported by our team of modern language experts and a dedicated mentor from your initial induction through to your final assessment.
What is included in the SCITT training programme?
Our SCITT teaching programme is intended to meet your own, individual needs on your journey to Qualified Teacher Status and meets the Teachers’ Standards criteria set by the Department for Education – the body responsible for teacher training in England.
Individual Training Plan
The SCITT teaching programme begins with formulating your individual training plan (ITP) at the start of year; this will be regularly reviewed throughout the course.
A dedicated teaching Mentor will meet with you to identify your initial needs in September and help you develop a new ITP at the start of each phase of the programme.
The outcomes of your training activities including Day School, Online Modules and in classroom experience are collected in a personal portfolio ready for final assessment.
We will provide guidance for recording and collating your evidence throughout the year with encouragement to help you stand on your own two feet and take the initiative.
Key elements of the SCITT teaching programme
As an introduction to the SCITT programme, you will attend a four-day familiarisation and induction course in August/September. Here you will focus on language as a beginner, developing strategies and routines for the effective use of the target language in the classroom, lesson planning, different ways of presenting and practising a new language, memorisation techniques, the use of games and other motivating resources.
These introduction days link closely with what is happening in your school experience and give you structured follow-up tasks to complete over the first few weeks of the course.
Further Day Schools
Trainees come together to learn, discuss and share ideas about teaching languages
A series of structured tasks
These tasks will be supported by reading provided through Online Modules
Ongoing school-based support
Ongoing school-based support throughout the year influenced by your Individual Training Programme
Teach and train in two, contrasting schools
We provide the opportunity to teach in a second school
You will receive documentation to support planning and observations
You will receive documentation to support monitoring and assessment of your progress.
Lead teacher visits and mentoring
Support and advisory visits by your nominated Lead Teacher
Online and face-to-face support
Regular support and training for you and your mentor either online or face-to-face
Portfolio and Final Assessment
We will support you in the development of your personal portfolio of work to present at Final Assessment
Assessed written work for the qualification of PGCE
Access to online support from Sheffield Hallam University and PGCE seminars