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The course is split up into five main strands of training:

General Professional Studies: A series of lectures that covers the main aspects of classroom practice and educational theory.

Subject Specialism Programme: A 15 day programme that concentrates on pedagogy and practice at subject level.

Individual Studies Programme: This element of the course is based around the Individual Training Plan. Through tutorial support, trainees identify their training needs and are guided in the setting of targets in order to make progress.

Classroom Practice Programme: Trainees complete a minimum of 124 days in a school or similar over two placements.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE): Trainees complete 2 modules to gain a PGCE which is validated by Sunderland University.

Course Overview

The GPS sessions aim to prepare you for your time on placement. The sessions link to the QTS standards and the four themes of Planning for Progression, Success for All, Teaching for Learning and Engagement and Professional Development.

We recognise the importance of fully preparing trainees before going into school. The training is carefully structured to ensure that the SSP and GPS sessions link closely together and time is allocated for consolidation of theory into practice and reflection prior to going into a school.

The trainer for each session has been identified by the SCITT as being an outstanding practitioner and a specialist in this area. As well as a range of teachers, Assistant Head Teachers and Head Teachers we also use a number of external speakers.

One of our external speakers is John Bayley (Teaching with Bayley, Teachers' TV). John runs the sessions on Behaviour Management and Assertive Discipline.

Centrally based training days are from 9am until 4pm. The sessions are as follows:

GPS Sessions include:

The Prevent Strategy

Understanding Today's Education System
Meeting the Standards
Understanding the Curriculum
Lesson Planning
Assessment for Learning
Structuring Learning
School and Pupil Data
Teaching Strategies
Classroom Organisation
Observation Feedback
The SEN Code of Practice

Meeting the needs of all learners
Using ICT in the Classroom
Child Protection
Behaviour Management
Working within the Law
Working with other professionals
The Role of the Form Tutor
English as an Additional Language
Applying for your First Post

16-19 Study Programme
Teacher Persona

Assessing without levels

The use of Teaching Assistants

General Professional Studies

09.00 - 09.30

Review and administration

09.30 -  11.00

Session 1

11.00 - 11.15


11.15 - 12.40

Session 2

12.40 - 1.30


1.30 - 3.30

Session 3

3.30 - 4.00

Tutorial Session

What?																						When? Subject Specialist Programme (SSP)

The Subject Specialist Programme (SSP) is the subject focused element of the course. It has been designed by our subject specialists and is a programme of fifteen intensive days spread over the course. Ten out of the fifteen days are in the first term to give the trainees a greater subject input at the beginning of the course.

Subject Specialist sessions ensure that you have the required subject knowledge for teaching by taking the information outlined in the General Professional Studies sessions e.g. lesson planning, assessment, personalisation and relating this to your subject.

There are three assignments and at least five subject specialist tasks.

Please visit the SSP Programme page to find out specific information about each subject area.

What do the trainees say?

Click on the links below to find out what our trainees think about  their training at Durham SCITT.

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