Teacher Training Myths – SCITTs and School Direct

Teacher training myths

Teacher training can be confusing and there are a lot of teacher training myths. Here, we bust those myths so that you have the information needed to find the best teacher training route for you.

Myth 1 – “I WILL BE THROWN IN THE DEEP AND NOT BE SUPPORTED”

School-based training gives you more time in schools, which means we can tailor your programme. You have extensive support and more time to prepare, before starting to teach.

Myth 2 – “I WILL ONLY GET THE CHANCE TO WORK IN 1 SCHOOL”

On our course, you have 5 placements- 2 extended placements in secondary schools and then primary, sixth form and SEND schools.

Myth 3 – “I WILL ONLY GET QTS [AND NOT PGCE]”

Our trainees earn QTS and PGCE, just as you would through the University. We accredit our own QTS and the PGCE is accredited by the University of Leicester. These qualifications allow you teach in the UK and overseas. You can teach in any age range once you have these qualifications.

Myth 4 – “I CANNOT ACCESS STUDENT FINANCE OR A BURSARY”

You can access all of the financial support that any other route offers – Student Finance, a bursary, Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans and more…

Myth 5 – “IF I TRAIN WITH A SCITT, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WORK ABROAD OR IN A SIXTH FORM”

Our course awards QTS and PGCE meaning you can work in any school, any age range and even overseas. The PGCE is an internationally recognised qualification.

Myth 6 – “I WON’T LEARN ANY THEORY ON A SCHOOL-BASED COURSE”

School-based courses are centred around learning from practising teachers, rather than university lecturers. The people teaching you the theory are actually using it in their own classes.

Myth 7 – “SCITT AND SCHOOL-DIRECT ARE THE SAME THING”

SCITTs are allowed to award their own QTS. They design their own programmes and work with an extensive network of schools. School-Direct courses have to be accredited by either a University or a SCITT.

Myth 8 – “I NEED LOADS OF SCHOOL EXPERIENCE TO DO A SCHOOL-DIRECT COURSE”

You do not need ANY school experience to apply for a SCITT. The expectations are the same as for the uni-led route. School experience helps you prepare to train, so we help you gain this, if necessary.

Myth 9 – “EVERYONE TRAINS THROUGH THE UNI ROUTE, ANYWAY, DON’T THEY?”

There are now more teachers trained through practical school-based routes than through university-led routes.

Myth 10 – “I NEED A DEGREE IN THE SUBJECT I WANT TO TEACH”

You need to have good subject knowledge. This may come from a degree or an A Level and an SKE. You do not need to have a degree in the subject that you want to teach.

 

Hopefully, this has answered some of the teacher training myths and allows you to find the best teacher training route for you.

SCITTs and School Direct teacher training routes are now some of the most popular routes to train. You get to experience more schools, have a more gradual build-up and with extensive support. This provides more time to observe how effective teachers work and embed this into your own teaching. In addition to these things, you also receive the academic qualifications and rigour that you would through a university-led route. This is why so many people choose them. On the job training mixed with a blend of pedagogy and academic research. In our opinion, the ideal way to train. For more details about our course, click here

If you would like any more information about teacher training myths, routes or have any questions about teacher training, please contact us or come and see us. We have events that run during the daytimes, evenings and weekends.  To book an event, click here.

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