Member Voice: Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT – Our partnership with Jyvaskyla Teacher Training School

February 16, 2021 |

The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT has forged a strong partnership with the Jyvaskyla Teacher Training School in Finland, one which has been in place for more than a decade now. The impact of this friendship is far reaching and has influenced our own practice as teachers and leaders, can be felt in our cohorts of SCITT…

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Member Voice: The principles of cognitive science and embedding them in ITT (Part 2)

February 8, 2021 |

In my previous article we began a whistle-stop tour of the principles of cognitive science and how we embed them in ITT. We learned that working memory is finite and we need to be cognisant of the cognitive load new learning entails. Next, I want you to recite in your head the words to your…

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Member Voice: The principles of cognitive science and embedding them in ITT (Part 1)

January 30, 2021 |

Cognitive science is becoming the cornerstone for understanding how students learn and is revolutionising the way that we are teaching pupils, both in primary and secondary. It has also underpinned the development of the new Ofsted frameworks, both for schools and Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers. And rightly so: the techniques informed by cognitive science…

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Member Voice: Mentoring: the plan versus the reality of 2020  

January 4, 2021 |

Our vision for mentoring starts with the belief that the role of the mentor is integral to the Partnership London SCITT’s (PLS) ITT curriculum. These expert colleagues are the consistent and simultaneous voice of the placement school and PLS. They are officially role models, educators and assessors, and unofficially counsellors, confidants and sometimes in loco…

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Member Voice: How our assessment model explicitly supports our curriculum intent statement

December 8, 2020 |

What started out as an ominous looking forced overhaul of our SCITT curriculum in order to tick some Ofsted boxes around something called the Core Content Framework (CCF) has instead turned into one of the most liberating and exciting processes for the Sheffield SCITT. Once we got our heads around what we were being asked…

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Member Voice: Exploring trainees’ perceptions of their “future teacher identity”

December 3, 2020 |

We have undertaken research to capture views about novice teachers’ identity and consider if their perception of their future teacher identity provides any insight into the current retention issue in teaching. This research was relatively small scale, involving 103 ITT primary and secondary trainees as they started their teacher training programme in September 2020, and…

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Hero Trainees: Sophie MacCormack

November 26, 2020 |

“Sophie’s excellent start has vindicated the decision for the school to involve itself with ITT” At Churchill Community College (CCC) we relish the opportunity to host trainee teachers and help develop the next generation of teachers. We understand what the benefits of hosting trainees brings to mentors, departments and schools: new ideas, fresh practice, energy,…

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Hero Trainees: Reggie Binder

November 19, 2020 |

“Reggie was, and is, the most positive person I have ever met and is an inspiration to everyone”  Trainee teachers have been instrumental in supporting classroom learning during the period of Covid-19, and it is wonderful that NASBTT is gathering and sharing the stories of ‘hero trainees’ as well as the perspectives of ITT providers.…

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Warp, Weft and the Golden Threads – Designing our ITE curriculum

September 20, 2020 |

With changes to the ITE Core Content Framework and ITE Ofsted Inspection Framework from September 2020 the John Taylor SCITT central team across both primary and secondary routes set about re-designing our course. We had two central ideas to the design of our curriculum. We wanted to move away from a reliance on the Teaching…

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Member Blog: How is Now Teach supporting trainees during the pandemic and beyond?

July 12, 2020 |

Like every profession, teaching is having to reinvent itself without any notice. Here at Now Teach, we therefore also have to adapt the way that we work to support our teachers. It is our mission to bring experienced professionals into teaching and then support them through training and the early years of their career. Our…

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Member Voice: Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT – Our partnership with Jyvaskyla Teacher Training School

February 16, 2021 |
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The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT has forged a strong partnership with the Jyvaskyla Teacher Training School in Finland, one which has been in place for more than a decade now. The impact of this friendship is far reaching and has influenced our own practice as teachers and leaders, can be felt in our cohorts of SCITT…

Read More

Member Voice: The principles of cognitive science and embedding them in ITT (Part 2)

February 8, 2021 |
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In my previous article we began a whistle-stop tour of the principles of cognitive science and how we embed them in ITT. We learned that working memory is finite and we need to be cognisant of the cognitive load new learning entails. Next, I want you to recite in your head the words to your…

Read More

Member Voice: The principles of cognitive science and embedding them in ITT (Part 1)

January 30, 2021 |
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Cognitive science is becoming the cornerstone for understanding how students learn and is revolutionising the way that we are teaching pupils, both in primary and secondary. It has also underpinned the development of the new Ofsted frameworks, both for schools and Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers. And rightly so: the techniques informed by cognitive science…

Read More

Member Voice: Mentoring: the plan versus the reality of 2020  

January 4, 2021 |
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Our vision for mentoring starts with the belief that the role of the mentor is integral to the Partnership London SCITT’s (PLS) ITT curriculum. These expert colleagues are the consistent and simultaneous voice of the placement school and PLS. They are officially role models, educators and assessors, and unofficially counsellors, confidants and sometimes in loco…

Read More

Member Voice: How our assessment model explicitly supports our curriculum intent statement

December 8, 2020 |
Posted in ,

What started out as an ominous looking forced overhaul of our SCITT curriculum in order to tick some Ofsted boxes around something called the Core Content Framework (CCF) has instead turned into one of the most liberating and exciting processes for the Sheffield SCITT. Once we got our heads around what we were being asked…

Read More

Member Voice: Exploring trainees’ perceptions of their “future teacher identity”

December 3, 2020 |
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We have undertaken research to capture views about novice teachers’ identity and consider if their perception of their future teacher identity provides any insight into the current retention issue in teaching. This research was relatively small scale, involving 103 ITT primary and secondary trainees as they started their teacher training programme in September 2020, and…

Read More

Hero Trainees: Sophie MacCormack

November 26, 2020 |
Posted in ,

“Sophie’s excellent start has vindicated the decision for the school to involve itself with ITT” At Churchill Community College (CCC) we relish the opportunity to host trainee teachers and help develop the next generation of teachers. We understand what the benefits of hosting trainees brings to mentors, departments and schools: new ideas, fresh practice, energy,…

Read More

Hero Trainees: Reggie Binder

November 19, 2020 |
Posted in ,

“Reggie was, and is, the most positive person I have ever met and is an inspiration to everyone”  Trainee teachers have been instrumental in supporting classroom learning during the period of Covid-19, and it is wonderful that NASBTT is gathering and sharing the stories of ‘hero trainees’ as well as the perspectives of ITT providers.…

Read More

Warp, Weft and the Golden Threads – Designing our ITE curriculum

September 20, 2020 |
Posted in ,

With changes to the ITE Core Content Framework and ITE Ofsted Inspection Framework from September 2020 the John Taylor SCITT central team across both primary and secondary routes set about re-designing our course. We had two central ideas to the design of our curriculum. We wanted to move away from a reliance on the Teaching…

Read More

Member Blog: How is Now Teach supporting trainees during the pandemic and beyond?

July 12, 2020 |
Posted in ,

Like every profession, teaching is having to reinvent itself without any notice. Here at Now Teach, we therefore also have to adapt the way that we work to support our teachers. It is our mission to bring experienced professionals into teaching and then support them through training and the early years of their career. Our…

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