Support

From the start through to applying to your first job, we are here to support your teaching training journey.

We understand how important it is that you get support while you train to be a modern languages teacher – as well as during the application process. From the moment you join us, you will be supported by an experienced and friendly team, from the SCITT Director and lead teachers to the admin personnel and school-based mentors.

Before you apply

Our dedicated and experienced team will:

  • Guide you through the necessary paperwork.
  • Check your qualifications.
  • Provide advice on fees and funding.
  • Support you every step of the way.

It can seem daunting at first, but we have lots of experience of supporting trainee teachers as they take their first steps along their career path.

Working with our Hub partners, we can provide information about:

  • Accommodation.
  • Local transport options.
  • Other local facilities.

Even when you are considering applying to us, please do contact our team – as they can give you lots of information and advice about your application.

During the course

You start your course with:

  • Pre-course events in March and May.
  • A welcome event in June/July.
  • A 4-day familiarisation and induction course in August.

During this early induction period you will:

  • Be encouraged to get to know your peers.
  • Develop a close-knit family of fellow trainees.
  • Meet others who share a passion for teaching modern languages.
  • Develop your own support network of linguists.
  • Connect with others who face similar challenges.

You will also have the opportunity for:

  • Subject-specific training with your lead teacher.
  • Seminars with university lecturers.
  • Hands-on classroom experience.
  • Work experience in two of our partner schools.

Our experienced and caring leaders and staff will be able to help you with all aspects of the course and support you personally if the going gets tough.

During your placements

Within your placement school, you will have the support of each individual school’s Initial Teacher Training Coordinator, who will look after you whilst in school and 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.

Applying for your first job

When it comes to applying for jobs, we will give you all the support you need with applications and interview techniques to help you secure your all-important first job within the modern languages teaching sector. We use our vast network of over 100 schools in England to help you secure your first teaching job.

Throughout your career

Our experience through our accredited Teaching School means we can support you as a Newly Qualified Teacher / Early Career Teacher. Our Teaching School is part of the early rollout of the Department for Education’s Early Career Framework. This means we can provide specialist support and training to help you in your first few years.

Accommodation

Many of our Hub Lead Schools can help with finding accommodation for our trainees in their local area. They have useful local contacts and networks and can help, particularly if you are relocating to their area. Our central team also provide support, e.g. providing confirmation letters for landlords or Council Tax.

The NML SCITT team

We have a dedicated team ready to support you throughout your application and your course.

Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, Director

German is my native language and, having successfully completed my MA in Interpreting and Translation in English, Spanish and Russian, I moved to University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, followed by a PGCE MFL Secondary in German and Spanish (University of Nottingham). I remained in England and my career as a language teacher began.

I have worked at Silverdale School since 2002 and became Head of German in 2004 progressing to become Head of Languages in 2007. I am enjoying making a contribution to teacher supply as the Director for the National Modern Languages SCITT.


Christophe Fico, Course Leader

I am a French national with over 20 years’ experience of teaching MFL in the northwest of England. I have taught a range of languages (French, Spanish and German) in both the state and independent sectors.

I have joined the NML SCITT from Bolton School Girls’ Division where I was the Head of French and the Bolton Hub NML SCITT Subject Lead. Previous to this post, I was a Senior Subject Teacher for MFL in a school based in Cheshire, where I also held a pastoral role. I am a Senior Examiner for a leading awarding body.

I am passionate about both languages and teaching, and love travelling and discovering new culture. A keen tennis player, I enjoy using my language skills on a tennis court by taking part in tournaments across the world (including Spain and Germany).


Julie Garrow, School to School Support and Statutory Induction Manager

I am the Administrator for the National Modern Languages SCITT and Statutory NQT Induction Manager. I was delighted to join the STSA team in 2016. However I had worked with the team for two years previously as NQT Co-ordinator with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, School Improvement Service (SIS) where I had been employed since 1992.

As SCITT Administrator, I offer support to potential applicants, trainees and NQTs, while also working very closely with our Partnership schools, mentors, SMCs and Hub Lead Teachers.  I oversee application processes and documentation checks and will ensure that all questions and eligibility are answered.  During the training year, I will work closely with you and your placement schools to provide support and guidance as well as ensuring all concerned are kept up to date with compliance with current DfE guidance and legislation.  As you start to apply for your first teaching position I will be able to answer questions around NQT Induction as part of the Early Career Framework, and offer advise around inductable employment contracts.

As NQT Statutory Induction Manager, I offer support and guidance to Headteachers, NQT Induction Tutors and NQTs around Statutory Induction. I have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Statutory Guidance. As part of my role, I process and maintain NQT records and documents, offer advice and guidance, plan and organise professional learning, briefings for Headteachers, Induction Tutors and NQTs as well reporting to the Department for Education on a regular basis.

I have a high level of administrative and organisational skill which I have developed over the last 30 years including keeping accurate, concise records, minute taking, financial monitoring, and an ability to interpret and understand regulations and legislation as well as having effective communication skills.

Qualifications include:

  • Level 5 in CMI Leadership and Management.
  • City & Guilds 7307/7 Teaching Certificate.
  • BTEC National Diploma in Business & Finance.


Sarah Fidler, Teaching School Co-ordinator

I have worked as part of the team on the provision of School Direct Initial Teacher Training at the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance, (STSA), for the past six years and have been an integral contributor to its growth and development at Silverdale School.

My role as Teaching School Administrator has been pivotal in supporting and facilitating colleagues in the expansion and refinement of our School Direct programmes since our first cohort of trainees in 2012.  Fewer than ten trainees were recruited for the first School Direct PGCE in that year and we now have a cohort of ninety trainees across EYFS, Primary, SEND and Secondary phases.  A major part of my role is providing a central point of communication between STSA, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) colleagues, UCAS, our partnership schools, School Based Tutors and Mentors, trainees across all phases and training facilitators.  I have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the recruitment process and the on-line requirements for reporting trainees’ progress, enabling me to support School Direct applicants, trainees and colleagues. It is a daily part of my role to work collaboratively with other professionals to communicate essential information on a regular basis.   I provide support to the Strategic Manager for the preparation of DfE reporting on Teaching School activity including: keeping records of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and other related activity.

Values that I adhere to are to be organised, well informed, approachable and professional.  I am able to be effective in my role as my knowledge was established from the start of our School Direct programme and I look forward to continuing this contribution to future developments at the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance.


Claire Clayton, Teaching School Finance Officer

I started working at the Teaching School in February 2019 after a decision to move from commercial accountancy into the education sector. This was a conscious decision to change my working environment as I strived for a fulfilling role where I could utilise my skills whilst contributing to the community.

I am a qualified accountant, having achieved my ACCA Professional Qualification in 2014 which is, to date, my greatest accomplishment. It took a lot of commitment and dedication to gain my ACCA membership which shows the kind of attributes that I value.

I previously worked for an accountancy company successfully managing a portfolio of clients, including detailed financial analysis, problem solving and budget management. These are skills which have transferred with me into this role and I now use them to manage the funding of the teaching school.

As finance officer my responsibilities are to provide efficient finance support to guarantee the smooth running of the teaching school by ensuring there is financial structure and that controls are in place. I feel fortunate to be able to work with a group of people whose individual skills and experience, combined together, make a great team. I appreciate the guidance they have shown me through my journey so far and am happy that, in return, I am able to share my finance knowledge and experience with them.

In the short time I have been here I have made efficiencies to policies and procedures which have benefited the teaching school, allowing the team to concentrate on operational business and supporting the trainees on the road to becoming a teacher. I take pride in maintaining high standards of professionalism and believe my strengths in organisation and planning will benefit the team as we continue to grow. I hope to further build on the work I have done to date and continue to develop and improve the finances of the teaching school as we move forward.


Louise Allsop, Administrator

Over the past 10 years I have worked at Silverdale School and within the Teaching School Alliance in a variety of roles.

During my time at Silverdale School I have developed my skills as an administrator and take pride that I am a self-motivated and enthusiastic person who works well as part of a team and independently. I have a solid understanding of data manipulation using excel and have a substantial knowledge of SIMs.

I feel it is essential to be able to build on prior experience and I am adaptable to different and challenging environments. My strengths include being able to multi-task, remain calm and effective, whilst working to deadlines, and being an effective communicator.

I am looking forward to contributing to the dynamic team in the STSA and to supporting the development of all colleagues through our work in STSA. I am very excited to be supporting the team as we create The National Modern Languages SCITT and begin to work more widely.


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