3-7 Primary Programme

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John Taylor SCITT is very proud to announce the opening of the 3-7 Primary SCITT route.

We aim to create reflective, exceptional practitioners who will lead long and successful careers as Primary Teachers who specialise in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

At the John Taylor SCITT, we believe it is a privilege to train the next generation of Primary teachers. Choosing to train as an Early Years and Key Stage 1 Primary teacher is a truly inspirational and important career choice.

How to Become a 3-7 Primary School Teacher

Trainees learn the principles of early child development, explore subject and curriculum areas, different approaches to teaching the Early Years and Key Stage 1 and how to adapt lessons to meet the individual needs of the pupils. Placements will be in Early Years and Key Stage 1 throughout the training year, including opportunities to observe practice in Key Stage 2.

Early Years practitioners work with children at the very start of their learning journey; they give children the building blocks of knowledge, skills and personal understanding that support them throughout their lives. At the John Taylor SCITT, we provide expert knowledge, skills, and hands-on classroom experience to ensure that, when our trainee teachers qualify, they are prepared and inspired for their career ahead.

We continue to support our trainees throughout their teaching careers, providing continuing professional development to support their ongoing career development. Our Primary trainee teachers gain QTS with PGCE by the end of our programme (Qualified Teacher Status with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education).

The Primary training programme consists of 5 key elements: Classroom Practice, School Based Study, PGCE Modules, Subject Pedagogy and Expert Mentoring.

These 5 elements are carefully integrated together to ensure that trainees are able to apply learning from their training sessions and PGCE modules directly in the classroom, under the expert care and guidance of their highly trained mentors.

Our one-week induction period at the John Taylor SCITT Training Centre is designed to give trainees a concrete foundation in these 5 key elements. The induction period also introduces trainees to the course expectations and dedicates time to help trainees start to form strong bonds with the rest of the primary cohort. We thrive on collaboration and partnerships with other schools; curriculum hubs; professional development partners and external experts, to bring the very best in teacher education to our area.

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Classroom Practice

The Training Centre at the John Taylor High School is the main venue for the majority of our training, however the 3–7 Programme consists of an Early Years module which will take place in one of our partner schools. Early years expert practitioners lead training in their own school, where trainees will have the opportunity to observe training principles in practice.

Usually, trainees spend 4 days in their placement school and 1 day in training, however there are weeks with 3 days in school and 2 training days. Trainees have a long Home-School placement in the Autumn and Summer terms; trainees are with the same class and school-based mentor throughout this placement. During the Spring term, trainees experience a shorter Second-School placement; this will be a contrasting placement in terms of school size or demographic, and trainees will teach children in a different Key Stage. All trainees are placed within our partner school with whom we have strong relationships.

Pedagogy and Curriculum Training

Every Friday, trainees come together at the SCITT training centre or one of our local schools to complete the following 5 modules over the year: Professional Studies, English Curriculum, Mastery Maths, Barriers to Learning, Early Years and the Wider Curriculum.

All sessions are led by experienced facilitators who are both outstanding primary classroom practitioners and experts in the particular area of study. Trainees are fully involved and actively engaged throughout all sessions; we consistently receive fantastic feedback from trainees and mentors about how learning from Friday training has made a positive impact on trainees’ teaching in the following weeks.

Programme Leader - Victoria Knight

Programme Leader - Victoria Knight

Victoria has worked as part of the Primary SCITT team for many years as a school-based mentor and a Professional Mentor. She has supported many trainees to flourish within their teacher training year, to become exceptional practitioners and secure employment.

Victoria has been a Primary teacher since 2005, where she has developed a passion for teacher development. This has led her to become an ECT mentor, Induction Tutor and the NPQ Lead for John Taylor Teaching School Hub.

Victoria has worked within all Primary year groups and understands the need for training exceptional Early Years practitioners to support children when beginning their educational journey.

Post-Graduate Certificate of Education

All our trainees will be awarded a PGCE upon successful completion of 3 modules of study which are undertaken at Masters Level. Our colleagues from the University of Derby lead on this aspect of the programme. The 3 modules are designed to complement both classroom practice and the SCITT training programme by deepening trainees’ understanding of the learning theories and research which underpin best-practice primary teaching. The PGCE award will give trainees 60 Master credits, which can contribute towards a full Masters should trainees choose to continue their studies in the future.
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Additional Support for Career Changers

We are partnered with Now Teach who support people coming into teaching with experience in other industries. Joining their national network gives access to bespoke coaching and support to help career changers thrive in their new profession. If you decide to train to teach with The John Taylor SCITT, continued support and developmental opportunities are offered through this partnership.

Download the leaflet or contact Rachael for more information about Now Teach.

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