December 13, 2022

First Term as a Trainee Teacher

Whether you are fresh out of education, or on a new career path, your first term as a trainee teacher will be an exciting one. As daunting as it may feel, we make sure that you have an abundance of support every step of the way.

Your first term as a trainee teacher will involve the following:


(2 weeks)


(2 weeks)

Classroom Practice: Phase 1

(10 weeks)

By segmenting your first term into three elements, trainees will be able to compartmentalise their course structure into manageable sections. This is especially helpful as there is a lot of information to process within this short period of time.

First, Induction

The initial period of induction is based at The JT SCITT training centre. This will prepare trainees for the expectations of Classroom Practice and to get to know their SCITT cohort. During this time there will be a focus on safeguarding, professionalism, child development, managing the classroom environment including student behaviour. You will also cover the SCITT Assessment Framework and processes.

Then, Orientation

Your induction is closely followed by Orientation. This is an invaluable opportunity for you to engage with and understand your placement schools and the department in which you will be working. It is important that you are proactive from the outset, establishing yourself as part of the school community, meeting teaching groups and engaging with class data to develop an understanding for the needs of individuals.

Finally, Classroom Practice

To finish, you will be engaged in your Classroom Practice: Phase 1. As the first phase of your training in your home school, you will observe other teachers at work and will develop your understanding of how children learn. Paralleling this, you will cover effective strategies for managing behaviour, securing engagement, and promoting progress. Keep in mind that by the end of this phase, you will be teaching between five and seven one-hour lessons.

Interview with Secondary Trainee

Emily, specialising in Geography

To give you further insight into your first term, we interviewed Emily. She is a Secondary trainee specialising in Geography, who has provided us with enlightening feedback of her experiences of her first term at the John Taylor High School.

Emily told us that she has always had a natural talent for teaching, however due to the negative stigma surrounding it, she was deterred from considering it as a career. However, after finishing University, her newly found job as a receptionist made her realise that she wanted to pursue something more fulfilling. She tells us: “I wanted a more fulfilling job, and knew I wanted a career that would enable me to give back to society. I really wanted to help impact kids’ lives, inspire them, and set them up for the future. I wanted all those feelings whilst earning a salary. Becoming a trainee teacher was a no brainer.”

Talking through her journey, she spoke of how easy the application process was and how communication with JT SCITT provided her with an abundance of confidence: “Over the summer, before my course began, my mentor and I were already in communication. I felt part of a community before I had even started.” Not only has this support continued throughout her first term, but it has also helped her to overcome challenges. She explains: “My biggest struggle has been putting immense amounts of pressure on myself wanting to be perfect. However, my mentor has been such a strong support for me. She reassures me that teaching is a journey and a process and it’s OK to make mistakes. It’s what makes you a better teacher at the end of the day. Having someone who genuinely cares for me on a personal level has made my first term so much more enjoyable.”

The Next Steps

At The John Taylor SCITT, we pride ourselves on offering high quality training that gives our future teachers the toolkit and skills they need to navigate any obstacles they may face during their career.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in education, please see our ‘routes into teaching’ page for more information. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please fill in our contact form.

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