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Teacher Training

The South Downs SCITT

The South Downs partnership is a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider.  It offers provider led and 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, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education.  Trainees 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 accommodation with Durrington High School and the research school.  There are 20 schools in the partnership, spread throughout the West Sussex local authority.  The SCITT is an Ofsted Outstanding Provider. Thier 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 within 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 the highest level.”

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

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