Uni or SCITTWatch
Hi, I've been wondering whether to do a PGCE at uni or whether to apply for Scitt training instead, I was wondering whether anyone could tell me about their experience of SCITT. I will also be a mature student and I'm worried about having to take a year off work. I don't have kids but I have a mortgage that obviously needs paying. If anyone was in a similar situation, is it manageable? I'm not worried about the work load but I'm worried how I will manage financially. I looked into loans and what I am eligible for is hardly anything.
While the University and SCITT teacher training courses appear different, the reality is that they do not differ greatly. It's in the actual detail of the individual provider, where the differences occur. (ie no two Uni's or SCITTs are fully alike) Whether you train with a Uni or a School, you'll need to complete a min. of 24 weeks of teaching practice (ie planning, delivering and assessing learning) where you'll be integrated into school life to enable you to meet the Teacher Standards. To differentiate between one course and another, you need to get to know them really well. Contact them and ask questions such as -
- Does the course offer a PGCE in addition to QTS? If so, what are the assignments and deadlines for them?
- When does the course start and finish?
- What does the year look like (what proportion is placements vs self-study days)?
- Will you be required to attend a University setting, if so, how often and when?
- How many other students will be on the course?
- What proportion of trainees complete the course?
Teaching Practice Placements
- How are the two or more teaching practice placements decided?
- What sort of distance might you be expected to commute?
- How long are each teaching practice placements and where are they likely to be?
- Are beginner teachers placed in a school with at least one other trainee, or are they usually placed alone?
- What will the expectations for meetings/INSET/open or parent’s evenings be during placements?
- Who would be my mentor during my course? How often will they be available to me? How experienced are they?
- What opportunities will there to be to work with children with Additional Needs or Disability, English as an Additional Language or those who are Gifted and Talented?
- Are there any opportunities for observing/teaching Early Years (if Primary) or A-level (if secondary)?
- What opportunities will there be to participate in extra-curricular activities?
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Wishing you all the best,