East Sussex Teacher Training Partnership
The success of Iford and Kingston CE Primary School was recognised by East Sussex County Council when we were asked to become a lead school in the East Sussex Teacher Training Partnership in January 2013. This means that the school has a strategic role in developing the course, as well as helping in more practical ways. The training partnership provides training for teachers using the SCITT model (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training). In this model, teachers are based in a school for four days per week and attend training in a variety of locations on one day per week. Trainee teachers initially observe and work alongside the class teacher, working with small groups and leading parts of lessons, before gradually taking on a greater responsibility for planning, delivering and assessing larger parts of the curriculum.
The school supports the trainee teachers by modelling the role of the teacher and giving the trainee a thorough understanding of the skills needed. Additionally, each trainee has a School Based Tutor (SBT) who supports the trainee through regular weekly meetings at which school and national policies are discussed, planning and assessment is developed and issues and concerns are addressed and resolved.
In Term 3 (January – February) of the course, the trainee undertakes a second placement in a different school so they have a range of experiences of both types of school and the age of children taught. The trainee returns to their base school in Term 4 for the remainder of the year.
The school is used as a base for training and for management meetings and school staff are involved in the interviewing of trainees, the provision of training as part of the course and in mentoring the individual trainees who are based at the school. This provides good career development for staff as well as ensuring that a regular supply of well-trained teachers are available for primary schools throughout East Sussex, including, of course, Iford and Kingston CE Primary School. In 2013-2014 all of the teachers trained through the partnership successfully found jobs as teachers with over 90% of those jobs being in East Sussex.