Durrington High School

Teacher Training

The South Downs SCITT

The South Downs partnership is a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider.  It offers School Direct and core training in general primary education (5 to 11 years) and secondary (11 to 16 years).  Subjects offered at secondary: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship, Computing, Design & Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education and Spanish.  Trainess who successfully complete their training are recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) awarded by the University of Chichester.

The SCITT is part of Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) and shares accomodation with Durrington High School and the research school.  There are 20 schools in the partnership, spread throughout the West Sussex local authority.  We are an Ofsted Outstanding Provider. Our Ofsted Report 2018:

“The partnership is making a positive contribution to the quality and supply of teachers in the local region.  Very high completion and employment rates have been established for trainees.  The highly motivated partnership draws successfully on the expertise offered by the research school.  As a result, the partnership has established and excellent reputation for teacher training and research-led professional development withing the local region.  Trainees are exceptionally well taught and prepared to meet the rigours of the classroom with confidence.  In particular, they benefit from experience of teaching pupils from a wide range of backgrounds, an enhanced understanding of pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and a range of behaviour management skills which they deploy most effectively in their practice.  Very nearly all trainees meet the teachers’ standards at teh highest level.”

For further information about our programme please contact Melanie Wright SCITT Co-ordinator on 01903 705671 or mwright@southdownsscitt.co.uk

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