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The Teacher Training Programme

The CLF SCITT programme combines school-centred training, with subject specific and professional development. This ensures trainees develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be outstanding teachers.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the opportunity to gain Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s level credits which is delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. A QTS only route can be requested and will be considered on an individual basis.

The programme structure is layered and progressive making explicit links to the Teachers’ Standards throughout, deepening and strengthening skills and understanding. Trainees are fully integrated into school life from the start of the school year. School experience and assignments complement training enabling reflection on learning and making links between theory and practice.

The training year can be challenging. With that in mind, we have designed our programme to break you in gently and offer you the right balance of support and challenge to enable you to thrive. We will start off slowly, building your confidence and gradually increasing the expectations of you both in the classroom and in your academic study.

Flexibility in the programme enables us to offer a trainee-centred approach and offer bespoke training opportunities to meet trainee needs.

Programme Features

  • Induction

    Early Induction – course starts in September
    Introduction to reflective practice
    Collaboration and team building with colleagues and peers
    Safeguarding training
  • Academy Carousel

    3 days a week in school experience
    Visit contrasting schools – different school each week
    Key tasks and focussed observations linked to weekly training
    Provides a smooth induction to the programme and is particularly beneficial to trainees with limited experience in school
  • School Experience

    Oct–Dec, Jan–Apr, Apr–July
    'Home' school placement where you will spend the majority of your training year
    Contrasting school placement for approx. 10 weeks
    Increase in teaching responsibility for 20% placement 1 to 80% placement 3
    Bespoke individualised support from personal mentor in each placement
  • Weekly Centre-Based Training

    Weekly centre-based training at our dedicated training centre in Redfield, Bristol
    Subject specific training led by current practitioners and Specialist Leaders of Education
    Professional Development Studies
    Opportunity to reflect with peers and programme Leaders on a weekly basis
    Pastoral support
  • Cross Phase & Complementary Experience

    Opportunity to visit and observe in alternative phase – Nursery, Primary, Secondary
    Opportunity to observe in specialist provision settings
  • CLF Wide CPD

    Staff and Department Meetings
    Wider CLF collaboration Meetings
    Boolean Maths Hub Training
  • The Maths Hub courses are for primary trainees with a specific interest in teaching and leading Maths.

    There is an opportunity to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in Maths prior to the start of the course, as well as additional training opportunities in association with the Boolean Maths Hub.

  • “The course leader was always at the end of the phone or email and available to chat and support us. I also had excellent mentors at each of my placements who gave me the time and support to progress. It felt like everybody wanted to support me to do my best and were there for me when things got challenging.”

    Primary Trainee