"Like so many people and organisations, our best laid plans were turned upside down when the national lockdown was announced in March. In our case we had a cohort of 80 trainee teachers who could suddenly no longer go into schools to train".
John Coats. Director at The Sheffield SCITT
A series of meetings took place, all using something called Zoom, and in fairly short order we had the bones of a plan. Shortly after, and within 10 days of lockdown, we had an alternative Sheffield SCITT ‘remote’ curriculum in place for our trainees that we are actually really quite proud of.
While I am hugely proud of the quality of provision that we have managed to put in place in a really very short timescale, I am also equally proud of the way that the entire Sheffield Partnership (trainees, mentors, course leads and schools) have responded to this situation. Our trainees have shown such huge resilience and flexibility (two essential characteristics for a teacher!) in dealing with the uncertainties during this time. The Sheffield SCITT staff, and I really do mean everyone here, have quite simply been amazing and I couldn’t have had a better team to navigate through this period.
The guidance from the government relaxing the requirements for the award of QTS this year has been absolutely the right and fair thing to do. We have always been very clear that there is a huge gap between doing enough to satisfy the relaxed criteria for the award of QTS and doing whatever we can to ensure that our trainees are in the best possible position to start their NQT year in 3 months’ time. I genuinely feel that we are accomplishing the latter.