These early career teachers are responsible for the high quality teaching and learning of English, Drama, Physics, Computing and History
What else do they have in common?
They all trained to teach with the Wildern Partnership SCITT. The programme includes two placements in contrasting schools, one of which for some of these trainees was Hounsdown School. For others, Hounsdown is now their employing school. Many have taken on some responsibility already, including now mentoring on the SCITT programme and subject or key stage leaders.
Reflecting positively on their training experience, they teachers tell us that “the SCITT gave us a great real world school focused training, in classrooms from day one, which set us up perfectly to work at the vibrant school and close knit community that Hounsdown is. The programme was facilitated by experts and tailored to our teaching and subject knowledge needs.”
They go on to say “the smaller cohort and more personalised provision gave us a great opportunity to get to know tutors and trainees alike and we have made friends for life. Going into our NQT year wasn’t a shock at all due to the extra time in the classroom and the brilliant support from the SCITT staff who really had my back when we needed them.”
Trainees and NQTs often make successful early career progress. Rhian Cox, English reflects “I am KS3 lead/second in department at Hounsdown, a school in which I have thrived due to the guidance and support I have received during my time here.”
“The SCITT prepared me for the relentless challenges that teaching presents. It offered a realistic insight into what the profession would entail and gave me the ideal introduction to a career in which resilience and hard work is key; but a career in which the rewards are endless. I gained the academic qualification PGCE with Masters credits, which means that I can go on to complete my Masters at a later date if I wish.”
All SCITT trainees are now thriving and Hounsdown teachers agree “there is no doubt that teaching is hard work, but it really is a very rewarding career which is supported by both Hounsdown School and the Wildern Partnership SCITT. We’ve been motivated to be the best teachers we can be, right from our early training stages.”