A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

Written by Laura (SCITT Trainee)


This week has not been easy. I believe that important lessons are learnt from mistakes and when things go wrong. This week they went very wrong.

Through my working life I have been told the 5 P's - Proper prior preparation prevents poor performance.…

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Advice for when you are invited to a SCITT interview

After spending much time and effort perfecting your application, you’ve submitted it to your three-top choices, and all your hard work has been worth it with an invite to interview.

Firstly, the best advice is to treat it like a job interview, in our case, SCITT programmes will most likely have…

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My First Job interview

Written by Rosie (SCITT Trainee) 

Who knew that when I clicked on the advertisement for a Teacher of Science, I would succeed in going on to interview and to secure my job starting in September - all from my very first teacher interview! The process was truly exciting, nerve wracking and…

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Changing Placements

Written By Jolie (Primary SCITT Trainee)

So, changing schools is hard! Moving from my first placement school to my second placement was one of the most challenging aspects of the course I have come across so far. 

I really had to adapt to a change of environment, teaching approaches and…

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What we look for in an application

A Teacher Training application isn’t a five-minute task, it can take a time and effort to do it justice and it really needs to demonstrate your passion for teaching and the reasons that led you to your decision to apply.  There are no right reasons, everyone has different motivations, whether…

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Interview Process Reflection

Written by Chloe (Current SCITT Trainee) 

I have to admit my heart sank a little when I received the email that decided my fate! I would be one of the chosen secondary SCITTs to be interviewed in front of the rest of the trainees. Having been in a school setting from September, I thought it…

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First Placement Reflections

Written by Chloe (Current SCITT Trainee) 

Well, what a Term!  When deciding to train through the SCITT route I was keen to be thrown straight into the hustle and bustle of school life and I was not disappointed! I could have never imagined that just within this short amount of time I could have…

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14 weeks of Teacher Training

Written by Laura Bench (SCITT Trainee)

So... 14 weeks in to my teacher training and I love it! I am not going to say it has been a lot of work as there is a lot to learn, plan, adapt, update, reflect on and improve but at the end of every day I am reminded that teaching is a vocation and it is…

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End of Placement Reflection

Written by Rosie Coupe (SCITT Trainee)

Diving head first into the world of teaching has been one of the most challenging things that I have done, despite this, I have loved every single minute of it.

During the first couple of weeks, I was observing different teachings in both my department…

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Assignment one completed!

Written by Laura Bench, Secondary SCITT trainee


What a week! Working on our full trainee timetable and a multi-faith daytrip, culminating in my presentation towards my PG Cert module credits on Friday morning. I will be honest my priority was always on the QTS not so much the master's…

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Inclusivity in the Classroom

Written by Jess Hancox, Secondary SCITT trainee


This week, I taught my full timetable for the first time, including my first year 10 lesson! I think the most nerve-wracking thing I did this week was when I went into my placement school’s sixth form to talk to the year 13s as part of their…

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Research Informed Practice

Written by Rosie Coupe, Secondary SCITT trainee


This Friday we had the pleasure of meeting Amjad Ali, a motivational speaker who has over 30K followers on twitter! (@TeachLeadAAli).  Most importantly, for four days a week, he is still a member of the teaching team at his school.


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