Get into Teaching Information Events, these are free events which are mostly held online via Zoom. Come and meet members of the SCITT Team to find out details about our teacher training courses. We’ll tell you more about who we are, what we offer, and how to apply for our courses. If you are thinking about applying to our courses we would strongly recommend that you attend one of our events!
Autumn 2023 dates:
Thursday 7 December, 1-2pm
Wednesday 10 January, 6-7pm
Thursday 1 February, 10-11am
Thursday 29 February, 6-7pm (In person event – venue tbc)
To book your place on an information event please click the button below to complete our booking form. You should receive a copy of your submission to the email address you provide, we will share the Zoom link for the event and send a reminder to you a few days before the event (or directions for an in person event).
Application Support Workshops, these free events are designed to support if you are considering applying to our courses. A member of our SCITT Team will give you advice with the application process, how to best prepare for interview, brief you on what to expect following your application and give in depth course details for your particular training route.
Teaching is more than just a job; it is a vocation but it is not for everyone. The best way to decide whether or not teaching might be the right career for you is to get some classroom experience. OTT SCITT operates a School Experience Programme in partnership schools, to offer interested applicants a chance to get into state schools and see what life in the classroom is really like. We run this programme because we want to make getting experience in schools as easy as possible. If you would like us to, we’ll guide you on every step of the journey from these early observation experiences, through preparing you for interview, onto a training course and throughout your career.
Placements are typically one or two days long with the majority of the time being spent in the classroom in lessons. On the first day, there will be some time to think about how to observe lessons effectively as well as some information on the different training routes. After that you will be able to watch a range of subject lessons taught to different age groups, observe tutor time (part of the pastoral programme) and talk to teachers about their experiences of day-to-day life in school. As well as giving you invaluable insight into whether or not teaching might be right for you these placements also provide you with relevant school experience to support an application for teacher training.
The School Experience Programme (SEP) is designed to give potential applicants a sense of what it is like to train to teach and to be a qualified teacher, this is a great first step if you are unsure about whether this is the career path for you.
Visiting a school prior to application can help you:
strengthen your ITT application;
check your understanding of what it means to teach in the state school system currently;
provide you with live examples to reflect upon when asked about your motivations to teach at interview;
decide if teaching is the career for you, and identify further the relevant age-range and subject areas of interest.
A SEP visit will provide you with the opportunity to:
meet current Associate Teachers, qualified teachers and Senior Leaders;
visit lessons and observe experienced teachers;
find out more about the curriculum and subject content;
find out more about effective classroom management;
understand the significance of safeguarding in an educational setting.
Primary School Experience Programme
Primary – to book click on individual school date:
If you are interested in gaining school experience but cannot see any available dates, you may find it best to contact a few schools directly. Liaising with the school, over what you would like from the visit, can be very helpful and leads to a fulfilling experience for all. Schools are usually very welcoming to these requests, so do make contact via the reception/school office of the school of your choice, in the first instance.
Paid Teaching Internship Programme
If you’re studying for an undergraduate or master’s degree and are interested in teaching, an internship could help you to understand what it’s really like in the classroom. This programme is available to current undergraduate and masters students studying one of the following subjects:
MFL (French, Spanish or German)
We are working with The Cherwell School in Oxford to support teaching internships. For more information please see the details below and the attached poster:
Interns will be paid £900
Confirmed Dates of the Internship Programme: Monday 1st July 2024 – Friday 19th July 2024
Deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th March 2024. *Please note that limited places are available
Interns will be assigned a mentor who specialises in their subject
Interns will be given the opportunity to lead teaching segments and receive feedback
Interns will be given bespoke specialist training (BFL, Safeguarding, SEND Students, Social Wellbeing etc) from a range of colleagues across school
Interns will visit other local secondary and primary schools
Interns will be supported with their application to teacher training in the future
For further information please contact James Thomas at The Cherwell School, [email protected]. To apply for the Internship Programme please visit the advert on MyNewTerm.