The course is the ideal blend of school-based experience along with academic research and study. You will learn from amazing practicing teachers, see what they do and how they chnage lives, whilst also studying the theory behind learning and working towards your PGCE.

Every element of the course is focused on helping you develop into the best teacher that you can be. The academic assignments are interwoven with your teaching practice and are opportunities for you to explore how academic theory helps teachers be more effective and maximise student progress.

5 Placements

You will complete 5 placements across the training year, to provide you the holistic and in-depth training needed to become a great practitioner. 2 of these placements will be substantial secondary school placements, where you will work with your mentor, and a range of other teachers, to see exactly what it takes to be a great teacher and to truly make a difference. In addition, you will complete 3 further placements in primary, sixth form and a special school. You will know where the students are coming from and what knowledge and skills they will have learned during their primary education. You will also understand where the students are heading towards, when moving on to sixth form. As well as this, you will have a bank of strategies for working with any students that have additional needs.

In addition to all of the support that you receive directly from the SCITT, you are also supported by the University of Leicester. We work in partnership with the University of Leicester and they deliver your PGCE components. When you join the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT as a trainee, you also become a full member of the University of Leicester. This means that you have full access to all of the university’s facilities and resources – tutors, library, welfare, housing etc.

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With all of these layers of support and excellence, we truly believe that our course offers you a holistic course that offers the best of both worlds – extensive school based training as you earn your QTS. Along with the academic rigor of working with the University of Leicester as you complete your PGCE.

All of the elements on the course are designed to develop and support your in-class practice, so that you develop into am effective teacher who changes lives.