Training to teach is difficult – there is no escaping this. From time-to-time, Trainees may experience challenges which make training to teach even more difficult. Embrace SCITT and its Partners are experienced in supporting Trainees facing a range of challenges and has developed a range of mechanisms to ensure, where it is appropriate, that Trainees have the best possible chance to become an outstanding Teacher.
Our Partnership is fortunate to work with exemplary Lead Mentors. These key team members work with multiple Trainees, Mentors and Schools and have a responsibility for programme design, delivery, quality assurance and Trainee wellbeing. They are the keystone at the centre of the SCITT, Lead Partners, Trainees, Mentors and Schools.
Wellbeing & Mental Health
Embrace SCITT has undergone a systemic review of its processes and procedures in order to reduce and manage workload for all stakeholders. All Trainees have access to the Education Support Partnership – this charity is available to provide advice and guidance to Educational Professionals for a range of topics and themes. In more complex cases, a Trainee may be supported through a Stress Risk Assessment. This is co-developed with the Trainee with a view to understanding how the Trainee can manage and reduce the risk associated with stress.
Physical Disabilities and Illness
Where Trainees declare physical disabilities or long-term physical illness, SCITT Leaders work with the Trainee to risk assess the impact of this on their training.
Trainees with Learning Difficulties
Where a Trainee declares a learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, ADHD or Autism, Leaders work with the Trainee and, where appropriate, specialists such as Specialist Teachers to understand the impact of the learning difficulty on the Trainee’s access to the programme. We seek to implement reasonable adjustments which mitigate these difficulties as much as possible; this is done through an Individual Student Support Plan (ISSP).
Trainees not on track to achieve QTS
Where a Trainee has experienced difficulty and they are no longer on track to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, SCITT Leaders, including Lead Mentors work with the Trainee and School-Based Mentors to diagnose the specific aspects of teaching which need addressing and provide short-term support to get a Trainee back on track. SCITT Leaders use a Trainee Recovery and Improvement Plan (TRIP) to provide responsive support and detail what the Trainee and SCITT Partnership need to do.
Trainees experiencing financial difficulty
The SCITT allocates a small ‘Hardship Fund’ to support Trainees experiencing financial difficulty. Trainees can apply for a maximum of £250 to support them. This is only available upon request and is allocated at the discretion of the Strategic Leadership Group in line with the policy.
Detailed information about how we support Trainees can be found on our Policies page.