About our training programme
This is a 12 month programme which gives you PGCE and recommendation for QTS. The PGCE includes 60 credits at Master’s level.
As a trainee teacher on the Ripley PGCE Programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by school expert practitioners working across our partnership. This will facilitate much stronger links between theory and practice, enabling you to apply pedagogical knowledge in the classroom and reflect upon it more immediately.
Our highly innovative curriculum is designed and delivered by our schools in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning which is relevant to schools today and therefore linked to enhanced employment prospects. We had a 100% employment rate for our trainees in 2013-14, who gained jobs across and beyond our partner schools.
All of our partner schools are involved in the recruitment and selection of trainees and have a real commitment to their training. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by expert practitioners and outstanding mentors. They greatly enjoy the exciting and innovative curriculum which we have designed, and make excellent progress in our schools.
Our SCITT curriculum begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a conference day. The Friday conferences will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools. In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where you will focus on teaching your subject specifically. These will be delivered by a Lead Subject Mentor, who has been appointed due to their successful track record in subject leadership.
As the Lead School in the partnership, Ripley St Thomas has a successful track record in training teachers. We are a Teaching School and as such we provide training and professional development for teachers at every stage of their career, from trainee to Headteacher. The schools in our SCITT partnership are also highly experienced and have all been graded outstanding or good by Ofsted. They include academies, comprehensive schools and single sex schools, 11-16 and 11-18 settings. We also work closely with primary schools, special schools and pupil referral units to provide a broad experience for our trainees. The schools and academies that form the partnership are:
• Ripley St Thomas CE Academy (Lead School)
• Ashton Community Science College
• Canon Slade School
• Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School
• St Aidans CE Technology College
• Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
• Lancaster Royal Grammar School
• Carr Hill High School
• Carnforth High School
• Bury CE High School
• Morecambe High School
Curriculum conferences will be held across all of these venues according to the best expertise available for each topic. Placements will also be distributed across these schools according to the training needs of successful applicants.
Trainees will have school mentors who are outstanding teachers within their subjects. Each partner school has a School Lead who oversees the training within their school, and the Programme Leader has several years’ experience of working on School Direct and university PGCE programmes.
You will complete placements in at least two of our partner schools. The first placement will begin with focused lesson observations across the whole school before joining subject departments and beginning to teach and team teach aspects of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons. The second placement begins after Christmas in a different school which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development.
There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise. There will be additional opportunities to experience primary education, special needs and sixth form education on the programme.
Training Facilities and Resources:
The lead school, Ripley St Thomas, is a Teaching School with excellent training facilities, including two large training suites, a small and large lecture theatre and a modern library. At Ripley we are unique in having a school farm, where all children learn about agriculture and horticulture as part of their education, and this will feature in our curriculum on learning outside the classroom.
You will be provided with a programme handbook and a laptop for the duration of the programme. The university providing the PGCE will provide you with distance access to academic library, including electronic books and journals, a VLE and module handbooks.
You will receive training and support from a variety of people on this programme:
• The Programme Leader
• A Subject Mentor at your placement schools
• A Lead Subject Mentor
• The School Lead at your placement schools
• A University tutor for the academic modules
• A Link Tutor
- “I have really enjoyed my time on this programme and feel I have improved a lot as a teacher.”