October 16th – 18th 2017
On Wednesday evening, potential teachers met together to reflect on their experience in a local secondary classroom, sharing their positive experiences of supporting young learners. The participants of Cornwall SCITT’s Taster Course were given the opportunity to explore the expectations and rewards of a career in teaching, with participants ranging from University students to those considering a career change.
On the first day, those taking part spent the day at Truro College. They were introduced to the Teacher’s Standards, the professional expectations of all qualified teachers, and were also given an introduction to lesson planning and curriculum requirements. In the afternoon, the participants discussed inclusive learning in the classroom and the academic requirements for initial teacher training programmes.
The structure of the course – starting with a day at College and the following days in schools allowed me to get a feel for how the SCITT course would work.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, participants visited a SCITT partnership school, immersing themselves in the classroom with the support of school staff. Gaining first-hand experience was vital to those considering entering the teaching profession, as was the opportunity to meet current SCITT trainees.
The opportunity to meet current SCITT trainees during my placement has given me a realistic idea about what to expect; this along with 2 days in the classroom has given me the confidence to apply.
On Wednesday evening, following a period of reflection on their experiences, the practicalities of the application process were presented, including funding options, how to apply and how to prepare for the training year.
The enthusiasm and helpfulness of the Cornwall SCITT team has been incredible.
It finally helped me to make my mind up about teaching. I am going to apply for a place as soon as UCAS applications open
I am now certain that I wish to teach. Thank you.