The Sheffield SCITT’s Primary Course is a general qualification for teaching 5-11 year olds. The course is led by St Catherine’s Primary School in Sheffield. St Catherine’s is a highly successful system leading primary school serving a deprived catchment in Sheffield. It is a strategic partner of Hallam Teaching School Alliance.
The course was written and led by St Catherine’s Deputy Headteacher Jonathan Lear. Jonathan is far more than a Deputy Headteacher. Described as having a breath-taking understanding of how to engage children, Jonathan Lear is an award-winning teacher and education consultant. He has worked for many years on a compelling mix of inspirational teaching strategies, and has shared his passion for learning as an AST, Deputy Headteacher, and associate of Independent Thinking Limited. His recent book Guerrilla Teaching gives an account of his educational philosophy that underpins the course and its rave reviews talk about the common sense approach grounded in what really works in classrooms. This is because Jonathan still teaches and will not ask our trainees to do anything they couldn’t observe him doing himself. Follow Jonathan on twitter @GuerrillaEd read his blog Guerrilla Education and watch him talk about his philosophy on YouTube.
Partner schools are finding trainees who have been through this course are better prepared for the rigours of being a newly qualified teacher. Our trainees get snapped up for jobs - many in the schools who train them and they are quickly progressing through their careers with past trainees often becoming the mentors of new trainees. What makes Jonathan’s training special is not just that he is an outstanding teacher himself, but how clearly he can explain to others what makes lessons outstanding and how others can teach them.
The course is based on a full year in the classrooms of partner schools with weekly training sessions at St Catherine’s. Trainees will work across two Key Stages and two different school settings to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).
In additional to QTS we offer a flexible Master’s degree programme with 60 Master’s level credits with partner universities. The Master’s Modules can be certificated as a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) or kept open to work up to a full Master’s degree later in the career.