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Suffolk/Norfolk: Guide rates teacher training ninth best in country

SCITT leader Carol Nind

SCITT leader Carol Nind

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A regional teacher training scheme has been ranked among the best of its kind in the country.

The Suffolk and Norfolk Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme came joint ninth in Buckingham University’s Good Teacher Training Guide 2013, just below Oxford University.

The programme maintained its position as a top provider, having been ranked in the top 20 for the last three years - including ninth place in 2011 - and was graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted at its last inspection in May.

The guide rates providers according to a number of factors, including Ofsted grades, the class of degree trainees hold on entry to the course, and the number of trainees employed in schools six months after they complete training.

SCITT saw 96% of its trainees employed in teaching posts six months after completing their courses last year, compared to a national rate of 75%.

Carol Nind, Primary SCITT programme leader, said: “This is wonderful news and I still can’t quite believe it. I am retiring this year so it is a great way to finish but I know that the award-wining team that helped produce these results will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Geoff Robinson, who has strategic oversight of SCITT, said: “This is just one of many achievements for our teams this year. We have been invited to speak at national conferences for Ofsted about how we have achieved high quality teacher training and also by other organisations as a result of our approach to School Direct – where schools bid for teacher training places and work in partnership with us to train teachers. We are one of the largest providers of School Direct salaried trainees in the country.

“At the start of this school year, all our programmes were also successful in gaining university validation to offer a postgraduate certificate in education, 60 masters level credits as well as qualified teacher status.”

The Primary SCITT, Secondary SCITT and School Direct salaried programmes provide more than 200 qualified teachers for Norfolk and Suffolk schools each year.

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