School-based Training 2018-01-10T10:17:15+00:00

School-based Training for Modern Language Teaching

You will spend most of the year in your placement school. However, you will also spend six weeks in a second school; these arrangements are statutory. This second school will complement your first placement to ensure you have a varied experience of schools.

Our choice of placement school is based upon your experience to date, areas for development and any relevant personal circumstances. We want you to be happy in your placement school and will endeavour to take any personal requests into consideration.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit a special school. This will help you to develop your skills so that you are prepared to teach the full ability range of students and see differentiation in action!

You will be placed in the very best schools that have excellent, vibrant modern language departments, teaching a variety of students. We only work with schools that teach more than one language and have a curriculum going right up to Key Stage five. These are departments involved in the cultural aspects of languages – organising trips and displaying a genuine enthusiasm for their subjects.

Within your placement school, you will have the support of each individual school’s Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator who will ensure your in-school training programme meets your needs. You will also have a school-based Mentor who will meet with you formally once a week as well as support you throughout your time in school.

Our SCITT has geographical hubs which centre around a cluster of state and independent schools in a local area making it easier for trainees to find a location that suits their needs.

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 together for our combined training.

Within your placement school, you will have the support of each individual school’s Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator who will ensure your in-school training programme meets your needs. You will also have a school-based Mentor who will meet with you formally once a week as well as support you throughout your time in school.

Individual Training Plan (ITP)

With the help of your school, you will devise an Individual Training Plan (ITP) at the start of the year which is regularly reviewed. After ascertaining what your initial needs are in September, your Mentor then plans with you this individual programme of support across the year; a new ITP is put together at the start of each of the three Phases of the course.

This process is supported by tasks set for you to complete after each Day School. An additional Activity Bank gives clear examples for you and your school of the type of activity the school could offer to supplement the activities you complete between Day Schools over the course of the year. This is designed as a support for schools and may not be needed if you are getting ample experience through other training offered by the school.

The range of training activities outlined on your ITP will provide you with clear evidence that you are developing your competence in all of the criteria set by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) – the body responsible for teacher training in England. These criteria are used by all teacher training courses and schools in England and are called Teachers’ Standards.

You will draw on your ITP for each Phase of the programme and the outcomes of your training activities to create a personal, reflective Portfolio of your year’s work which you will present to your school and lead teacher for final assessment in May/June. We will give you guidance on how to record and collate your evidence throughout the year. You are responsible for keeping all records resulting from the activities you do in school. We expect you to stand on your own two feet, to be independent and to take the initiative.

The programme is designed to ensure that all input from the Day Schools, the Online Modules and from school is linked to your progress against the Teachers’ Standards.

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