Our aims are:

  • To contribute to the quality and status of the teaching profession by training effective teachers whose classroom proficiency and professional judgement have been developed to a level where they can make the best possible start to their teaching careers.
  • To encourage trainees to see all aspects of their training as a basis for their continuing professional development.
  • To help trainees understand and become familiar with a range of professional and educational issues and to apply their growing knowledge and skills in a practical and supportive environment.

Under-represented groups

Nationally, as well as on our course, certain groups are under-represented. These include men, people with disabilities and those from minority ethnic groups. If you are from one of these groups we would welcome very strongly an application from you. If you join the course we will ensure you are linked with appropriate supporting groups during the year.

Mature Trainees

Teaching is an excellent profession for the mature student. Children need teachers from a range of ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds. People who enter the profession later in life may have raised a family, have experience of working in industry or commerce, travelled or obtained qualifications through a variety of differing educational routes.

In Somerset we value these experiences.

Somerset SCITT Moral Purpose and Aims

The following is taken from our course handbook and outlines the main reason for our partnership.

Inspiring to inspire, impact-focussed provision.’

I:     Inspire trainees to develop pedagogic values and educational philosophies, grounded in inclusive, impact-focussed and child-centred practice aimed at making a difference to children’s outcomes;

N:     Nurture research-active, critically-reflective and resilient trainees;

S:     Support trainees in making excellent progress and gaining a breadth of experience, to enable them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

P:     Promote high expectations, equality of opportunity, narrowing the gap to achieve the best outcomes for all;

I:      Instil confidence and develop trainee competence in meeting the DfE (2013) Teachers’ Standards;

R:  Respond to current educational developments and national priorities to accommodate innovations and policy;

E:     Enhance trainee subject and pedagogical knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to professional, evidence-based practice and continued professional development using a ‘theory into practice’ model;

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