Member Case Study – North Wiltshire SCITT

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North Wiltshire SCITT

Rhian Davies is Programme Manager at North Wiltshire SCITT, part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust, which enables trainees to teach within its partnership of primary, secondary and special schools. The SCITT underwent its first Ofsted inspection in 2017 and was graded ‘Outstanding’ across all categories. It has been a member of NASBTT since it was established as a SCITT three years previously.

“We joined NASBTT because we needed some external support and guidance in setting up the SCITT,” Rhian said. “Whilst there are documents available from NCTL, these can be quite generic, and we wanted access to knowledge and expertise from people who have been through the process. It is always important to learn from others and to have a support network available, and that is where NASBTT comes in.”

Rhian outlined what it is like to be a NASBTT member on a day-to-day basis. “Firstly, we know the team are always available,” she said. “They are very organised, communicate very well and are very reliable. We feel part of NASBTT – they know who we are personally – and we value the peer support. The overall experience is really good and membership is not something I would ever look to cut from our budget. It is most definitely a worthwhile investment in terms of everything we get back.”

Training courses run by NASBTT have been particularly useful, Rhian revealed. “I have attended the Ofsted mid-inspection training workshop and those on the assessment toolkit and SEND – I always find the training and supporting materials to be meticulous,” she said. “Our administrator attends the NASBTT administrators’ meetings. In the early days it sometimes feels like the ‘blind leading the blind’, so these have provided a central point and connections to turn to. If we are not sure of something, we can always get a second opinion through NASBTT. Generally, we really appreciate that NASBTT takes into account the financial constraints of small SCITTs in its pricing.”

A spin-off benefit of attending NASBTT training is the wider networking opportunities created. “What NASBTT does is bring SCITTs together,” Rhian said. “It is always reassuring to meet other SCITTs, see that we are all going through the same thing, and then to speak to others about their experiences and challenges and hear about different ways of working through these. We have built direct relationships with other SCITTs we have met at NASBTT training – and you stay in touch. For example, we are meeting with one SCITT to share good practice and exchange ideas to support each other in our respective areas for development”

Rhian reserved final praise for the quality of information provided by NASBTT. “The website is the central place for everything we need to access. The Monday blogs are time-saving – with all the changes in the sector you are always afraid of missing things, but NASBTT does all the interpretation and analysis for you,” she explained.

Provider contact details
North Wiltshire SCITT
Teacher Education Centre
Lime Kiln
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire. SN4 7HG
Telephone: 01793 841961
NASBTT contact details
Alison Hobson, Executive Officer
Address: The Priory Centre
63 Newnham Avenue
Bedford. MK41 9QJ
Telephone: 01933 627049
Mobile: 07925 805399
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