Teacher Training Supporting Statements
Initial Teacher Training Partnership with Caistor Yarborough Academy September 2019
As an accredited teacher training provider, Educate Teacher Training has offered Secondary SCITT places since 2013. Our heritage is with employment-based trainees and so, with the the move to greater school based/school led provision in 2013 we were well-placed to transition our programmes into QTS routes which valued the significant role of schools as the main training base. The success of our programmes therefore relies on strong relationships with partner schools and Caistor Yarborough Academy has proved to be a consistent and highly supportive member of our ITT network. Over recent years, and particularly last year, Caistor Yarborough Academy has offered main placement opportunities to a number of our trainees, across a range of curriculum subjects. The commitment of the school to these trainees has been strong and school based mentors have worked very hard to support them with their progress as well as with pastoral issues and well-being. We are able to communicate well with members of staff at all levels to ensure that trainees receive a high-quality training programme as they work alongside expert practitioners in school. Our relationship with Caistor Yarborough Academy, a resilient, robust and very positive partner, is highly valued.
Julie Kitchen – Head of Initial Teacher Training
The Deepings SCITT
The Deepings SCITT, whilst south of the county, is delighted to be working in partnership with Caistor Yarborough Academy in a bid to recruit more teachers to Lincolnshire. The school is a great training ground for teachers and we look forward to developing our working relationship over the coming years.
Nikki Benjamin, Deepings SCITT
University of Lincoln
The school of sport and exercise science has worked in partnership with the Physical Education department at Caistor Yarborough Academy for the past 3 years. Within this time the school has hosted a number of year 2 and 3 undergraduate PE and Sport students on their first and second school based placements. This is an unique opportunity for the students as it is not common place for undergraduates to access placement opportunities at this stage in their degree and it is one which has been very well received by the students on this course. This year the PE and Sport degree recorded the highest satisfaction rate within the university in the National Student Survey completed by outgoing year 3 students. Feedback from this survey identified that the placements opportunities had been a significant contributory factor. As a university we could not run such a positive and beneficial course without the support from our school partners such as Caistor Yarborough Academy. This is voluntary arrangement in which schools are asked to enable our students to experience life as a PE teacher. Over the past 3 years The Caistor Yarborough Academy PE department has gone above and beyond our expectations to provide our students with a high quality, engaging and enjoyable school based experience. The students are always well looked after with the department providing a range of teaching and learning opportunities for the students in order to develop their pedagogical and subject knowledge as well as their confidence to teach both small groups and whole classes. The University has also hosted the year 10 BTEC Sport students for a morning so that they could experience sports Physiology and testing, a project which we intend to continue to support the school in their delivery of this level 2 qualification.
It is a pleasure to work with the school, staff and the students and we hope that this partnership will continue to grow.
Kirsty Bundy – Senior Lecturer in Physical Education
Being a SCITT trainee was always going to be hard, but I always felt fully supported here at CYAC. There was always lots of CPD opportunities and I was always encouraged to think as a teacher not as a trainee teacher. A great experience and one that I was very grateful for the opportunity of having.
Andie Logue – Educate Teacher Trainee 2019/2020