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About Us

We train excellent teachers who will transform lives.  How we do this is best summed up by our past trainees:

 

“The unique strength of the YCTA SCITT is undoubtedly the personal approach taken throughout the whole course.  Having a smaller number of trainees allows training to be bespoke to each individual, giving everyone the change to develop at their own pace and in their own way.  The programme team are approachable and friendly – offering words of kindness and support, as well as setting high expectations to ensure teaching practice Is the best it can be.”

2019 Cohort

Read on to find out more…!

Top 10 Reasons to train with us

In the words of our 2019 cohort…

  1. Family environment – everyone gets to know one another and we build strong relationships and support each other on the training journey.
  2. Bespoke professional development – professional development throughout training draws on the successes and developmental areas of everyone.
  3. Opportunities to network – within the cohort but there are also strong links to many schools and departments as well as specialist settings.
  4. Personal, tailored support and training – you gain contacts you can stay in touch with that can help you further in the training year and beyond.
  5. Approachable – SCITT staff are dedicated, warm and friendly.  It is easy to discuss any issues you may have with anything related to the course, teaching or personally and the support is second-to-none.
  6. Range of courses – their courses cover a range of curriculum areas and key stages so we all learn from each other.
  7. Career focus – support in getting a job… from the training that prepares you for a real-life teaching experience, to dedicated sessions on personal statement writing, interview techniques, etc.
  8. Additional experience in different environments – chance to take part in other experiences you might not get elsewhere (such as Post-16, special needs settings, primary settings).
  9. Contact with expert practitioners in subject areas – carefully planned opportunities to improve subject knowledge with focused training in your subject area led by an expert.
  10. Focused training on building teaching practice – from behaviour management to well-being through to engaging passive learners and stretch and challenge for all pupils, all areas of teaching practice are covered in depth so you feel prepared!

Context 

The YTCA (Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance) SCITT is a teacher training provider across a partnership of schools in Yorkshire that was established and accredited in 2014.  It is based at the heart of Minsthorpe Community College.

To date, we have qualified over 180 teachers through our School-Centred Initial Teacher Training and Assessment Only Routes to QTS.  Many of these teachers are still employed in our local schools and many have departmental, pastoral or leadership responsibilities.

Vision

The YTCA SCITT is committed to meeting the statutory requirements set out by the Department for Education (DfE) such as the ITT Core Content and Ofsted Inspection Frameworks.  However, at the heart of all we do remains our context, our schools, our children and our trainees.  As such, our programme is tailored to the needs of our schools’ local communities and our vision remains to produce outstanding, dedicated teachers that will make a difference to the life chances of children and young people

 

The programme consists of four main strands which are central to meeting this vision:

  • Subject knowledge – a focus on developing subject specialism to ensure that trainees have secure and informed knowledge to impart the curriculum to those that they teach.
  • Professional Studies/PGCE – equipping our trainees with the pedagogical knowledge and practical skills to be effective classroom practitioners.
  • Metacognition – our programme is designed with learners at its core.  It not only considers how trainees can develop their understanding of how children learn, but it is also sequenced to support our trainees to learn in the best possible way.
  • Employability – ensuring that trainees have the knowledge and skills that our headteachers want from their teachers, but also giving trainees the opportunity to reflect on these as they prepare for interviews.

 

Core Values

 

Interweaved throughout our programme are our core values which embody the ethos, vision and purpose of the YTCA SCITT:

  • Yourself – being true to yourself and your own values.  The SCITT creates an ethos that allows trainees, mentors, schools and all involved in the SCITT to continue to do this.
  • Transformational – transforming trainees into teachers, transforming teaching, transforming lives and transforming our communities.
  • Collaborative – a key strength is collaboration with our partners, listening to our trainees and trainees working well with their colleagues and in a supportive network with their peers.
  • Ambitious – we are ambitious about what our trainees can achieve, for our context, our communities and our students.  Aim high and we/you will thrive!

Outcomes

100% of our trainees* have been awarded Qualified Teacher Status since 2018.  We pride ourselves on the unique support offered to each individual to ensure that together with their hard-work and commitment, they receive what they need to succeed.

* who have completed the full training year.  None have ‘failed’ but may have withdrawn due to personal circumstances.

Employability 

There is a high demand for our Early Career Teachers (ECTs – formally known as NQTs) from across the partnership and beyond.  Partner schools identify their future needs in terms of recruitment and have input into the selection/interview process, and the placement process, as well as the preparation of our trainees for Employment such as mock interviews where many of our trainees are ‘head-hunted’!

Since 2018, our employment rates have been well above the national benchmarks:

  2019 2020* 2021*
Secured full-time employment 13 out of 13 trainees 16 out of 17 trainees 17 out of 18 trainees
Did not secure contracted employment (worked as supply) - 1 trainee ** 1 trainee **

* These cohorts were significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

** Male PE trainees – job market is saturated. Numbers accepted into 2022 cohort significantly reduced due to lack of employment opportunities.  Second subject advised to enhance employability.

Safeguarding

The YTCA SCITT and its partners are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and trainees to share this commitment.  In order to ensure this, our recruitment and selection policy is in accordance with national guidance.  All entrants onto our ITE courses are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, including an Enhanced Criminal Records with Barred List check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).