Primary (5-11)

Primary trainees spend four days in school-based, “on the job” training, and attend Core Training on Thursdays.  Core Training will look at aspects of learning & teaching, for example, phonics, behaviour for learning, questioning and assessment, as well as subject specific training.

Core Training Leaders are experts in their field and most of them are currently teaching, or leading, in one of our partner schools

Obviously, when in school, trainees will spend some time teaching.  However, in addition to teaching a class, there are many other training activities to undertake:

  • observing experienced teachers;
  • working with children in smaller, guided groups;
  • time for assessment & planning;
  • reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching.

Every trainee will have a dedicated Mentor who will support the trainee to plan and evaluate their progress towards the Teacher Standards at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training.

Each trainee will also be assigned a Personal Tutor, who will quality assure the judgements of the mentor and the progress the trainee is making, and a Senior Tutor, who oversees all aspects of the ITT year, as well as being the first point of contact for personal tutors, mentors and trainees. You can see outline details of the senior tutor team by clicking here.

Non-salaried trainees will spend the autumn term in their first placement school, and then from January to June in a second placement school.

The non salaried course leads too the award of both QTS and PGCE with the University of Greenwich.

The course is designated 5-11, which means that your training is focused on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, although some trainees to get a job as Reception teachers, and there might be some opportunity to gain some additional experience in a reception setting in addition to your regular training.

The vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in the local schools after their initial teacher training.

This is one of the key benefits in having a school based training programme that is so immersed in the life of the local school community.  Also,  CTSN is a large network of teaching schools, looking to develop research, development, training and support for every stage of a teacher’s career. This means that …

Training with CTSN SCITT is so much more than a one year training course; it is the beginning of a career-long journey of high quality, professional development, supporting you throughout your teaching career.

All of our courses are available in both Cambridge and Bury ST Edmunds – and so it does not matter which Teaching school alliance you apply though – although we would try and place you in a local school, so it might be better to apply through whichever Teaching School Alliances are most local to you.  Remember,  you can apply to three TSAs.

Click here to view the Primary UCAS codes 2020