Training with SCITTELS

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The SCITTELS Curriculum


At SCITTELS, we believe in the transformative power of education, and, as such, have developed an ambitious curriculum for our trainees. We aspire for all children to reach their best academic potential, understand how to keep themselves safe and happy (and who to turn to to help them do this), and become caring and proactive global citizens. We aim to equip all our trainees with the skills to make this happen. 

We want all trainees, regardless of their year group, to understand the importance of teaching all children through the lenses of respect and kindness, with a real focus on promoting inclusivity, diversity and anti-racism.

Through subject knowledge and pedagogical training sessions, independent reading, observations of experienced practitioners, and practical classroom experience, our trainees are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of teaching and to build a firm foundation upon which to build throughout the rest of their careers.


Over the course of the year, trainees attend training sessions that fall into one of our 5 core areas:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Professional Behaviours

Running through each session are Part 2 of the Teachers’ Standards, inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, links to Rights Respecting Schools, links to the Sustainable Development Goals, and links to research and theory, including Cognitive Load Theory.

Trainees’ views are gathered regularly, and, where necessary, adjustments are made to best suit the needs of our cohort.


By the end of their training year, our trainees should excel at delivering high-quality and inclusive learning experiences for the diverse children of East London.


The aim of the SCITTELS partnership is to promote the development of knowledgeable, skillful and responsive trainee teachers who will become inclusive and reflective practitioners. All of our training programmes will cover the following:

Individual Training Plans

An individual personalised training plan is devised for each trainee.

Learning for our trainees starts before the first day of the programme. We set learning tasks for successful candidates to complete during the Summer. At the programme's start, trainees work with staff to identify strengths and areas for development and plan appropriate training activities.

The training plan is reviewed weekly, which supports trainees in developing a reflective approach to their own learning and development and developing a personal philosophy of practice. This process also enables trainee progress to be monitored, and appropriate and timely support to be given. A programme of individual tutorials and support sessions including support in gathering evidence against our curriculum targets results in a level and quality of support that is a key strength and particular feature of our programmes and secures the maximum progress for all trainees.


Trainees will develop both the knowledge and practical skills necessary to teach pupils from the diverse populations within East London. Trainees will learn about a variety of factors relating to diversity and inclusion including ‘class’, ethnicity, gender and will learn how to identify and meet the needs of learners from different groups such as children with special educational needs (SEN), children who speak English as an additional language (EAL), refugee and asylum seekers, looked after children and children from Gypsy, Roma and traveller backgrounds.

Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

All trainees (regardless of the age range that they are training to teach) will develop an understanding of the importance of early years education and the implications of good early years practice for later learning. All trainees visit an early years setting in order to further their understanding of early years practice.

Core and Foundation Subjects

Trainees will develop both knowledge of the subject itself (subject knowledge per se) and an understanding of how to teach the subject (related pedagogy) in the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum and the prime and core areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This includes Mathematics, English, Science, Computing, Art, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE)/Citizenship, and Modern Foreign Languages. It also includes Religious Education.

Trainees will develop an understanding of how pupils learn in these subjects, an awareness of the needs of pupils in the context of teaching in East London. They will develop the skills needed to effectively plan, teach and assess in order to secure progression in learning in these subjects.

In English, trainees will learn how to teach early reading with a focus on Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP), how to motivate children to write using strategies such as Talk for Writing, and how to develop speaking and listening skills.

In Mathematics, trainees will learn about theoretical and pedagogical approaches to support the development of children’s knowledge and understanding in mathematics.

In Science, trainees will learn about the role of practical scientific investigations in the development of children’s knowledge and understanding in science.

Classroom and Behaviour Management

Trainees will learn how to promote behaviour for learning across a range of school contexts by understanding how behaviour develops; strategies for promoting positive behaviour; overcoming barriers to learning and managing challenging behaviour. Trainees will develop strategies for assessing and evaluating pupils’ behaviour and social and emotional needs in order to provide appropriate interventions and learning opportunities to facilitate pupil development and learning.

Teaching and Learning

Trainees will learn about the aspects that underpin successful teaching and learning. This includes planning, assessment, teaching strategies, learning theories, and the ability to reflect on and improve one’s own practice. Trainees will be expected to apply the knowledge and skills gained across the curriculum.

Teaching Practice

Trainees will learn about the aspects that underpin successful teaching and learning. This includes planning, assessment, teaching strategies, learning theories, and the ability to reflect on and improve one’s own practice. Trainees will be expected to apply the knowledge and skills gained across the curriculum.