The course itself is a mixture of taught sessions and then placement in a school. The taught sessions cover every aspect of primary teaching, from the curriculum to other important areas. Each of these is covered by an expert on the subject, and you then have the opportunity to observe this in practice and its impact on placement in schools.
The level of support on the course is incredible. There are people to talk to whenever needed, be it fellow students, former students that are now teachers at the placement schools, mentors, link tutors or the course leadership and I found them all to be really approachable and helpful. I was able to get through my tough patch with their assistance, successfully complete the course and gain employment at one of my placement schools. (This is another advantage of a SCITT course. A job at a placement school is not guaranteed by any means, but being placed at the school long-term does give you the perfect opportunity to showcase your skills and potential for if a vacancy does come up.)
Moving into my NQT year, I am looking forward to starting my career with my own class. I am already involved in meetings discussing the forthcoming School Development Plan. I would love to get more involved in the curriculum at the school, possibly with subject leadership and then wherever that may lead. Thanks to AA Teamworks TSA I am now looking ahead to a career as a classroom teacher.