24th November 2016 - by Vicki

See why some of our current trainees chose to train with us……….

Primary Trainee:

My SCITT Experience:

Why choose SCITT?


Knowing that I wanted to embark on what I can only describe as one of the best career imaginable, I researched countlessly to find the best training that suited me and how I learn. The SCITT course suddenly caught my attention and on reading provided the best support and hands on learning that builds on vital traits required as a teacher.


Keen to apply early, I submitted my application and was delighted to receive an invitation to an interview. The interview itself tested my skills in a comfortable in formal setting, that really allowed me to show the interviewers what I could do. I delivered a lesson to a year 4 class which built confidence within myself and my abilities, providing me with a taster experience of what was to come. As well as this, I had to engage in a few smaller tasks including a mock term plan and an interview with the head of school and a course official. The interviewers were warm and friendly, posing questions that attempted to build on my strengths in contrast to attempts to catch me out.


The whole experience was enjoyable and in reflection there was nothing to fear. Having confidence and a dying passion to teach is what ultimately allowed me to shine and gain a place on the SCITT course. Teaching is not a career it is a lifestyle and a commitment to the future generation. George Spencer recognise this passion and support their successful applicants to be ‘great’ teachers for the benefit of tomorrow’s children.



Secondary Maths Trainee:

Attending an open evening at George Spencer Academy was pivotal to my decision to apply for training to teach Maths through the GSA SCITT; staff were professional and extremely helpful, working very hard to ensure that the routes into teaching were well presented and explained and that there were plenty of staff available to answer questions.


I wanted to know more about teaching at George Spencer and the SCITT coordinators were instrumental in arranging my school experience visit after I had some initial difficulties with the candidate portal.  School experience was very positive and reinforced my feeling that this was the place where I wanted to train.


I submitted my application via UCAS and was invited for interview less than a week later.  On the day of interview I was given the opportunity to observe a lesson and to present to a class of students about a subject of my choice, giving me a more rounded view of what to expect should I be accepted.  Feedback was prompt and within 48 hours I’d received a conditional offer, subject to successfully passing the Skills Tests. Throughout the process of application and interview the SCITT team at George Spencer Academy have remained very helpful, knowledgeable and supportive.

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