School Direct Courses accredited by the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT
A key responsibility of National Teaching School alliances is to promote and develop `best’ practice’ in Initial Teacher Training.
In the Leicester & Leicestershire SCITT four local teaching schools sit on the SCITT Management Board and all four teaching school alliances have chosen to adopt the SCITT training courses and training model for their primary School Direct trainees. None of these alliances wish to make adaptations to the existing SCITT programmes. This is a measure of how successful and highly regarded the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT training programmes and support structures are. This means trainees on School Direct programmes, accredited by the SCITT, will benefit from training alongside SCITT trainees on identical programmes, with the only difference being the majority of their teaching placements may be provided by their School Direct alliances of schools. In the case of Ash Field Academy School Direct trainees this means the final placement will normally be in a Special School.
All five non-salaried School Direct providers offer places for trainees wishing to specialise in either Early Primary or Primary Training.
The five lead Schools for the School Direct alliances are:
Launde Primary School, The Oadby Learning Partnership (OLP) 6 School Direct places
The Merton Primary School, Syston and Thurmaston Educational Partnership (STEP) 7 School Direct places
Ash Field Academy, (WELL alliance of schools supporting pupils with SEN) 3 School Direct places
Abbey Primary Community School Leicester Teaching School Alliance (LeTS) 3 School Direct places 3 salaried School direct places
Christ the King RC School (a faith school alliance of Roman Catholic and Church of England Schools) 3 School Direct places
Many SCITT and School Direct trainees gain employment in partnership schools across the SCITT and the School Direct alliances. Employment figures have been 100% for SCITT and SCITT School Direct trainees seeking employment for the last three years.