In light of the exceptional circumstances we are currently facing, the safety and wellbeing of our AMP SCITT community remain our highest priority. As a leader in ITE, we have rapidly adapted delivery methods for our trainees whilst maintaining the highest quality of training on offer.
Many of our centre and subject based training sessions are delivered online in order to minimise contact outside of school communities and reduce exposure for trainees and centre-based staff. This has been a real positive for us at AMP SCITT as we have seen the potential for the use of remote communication to deliver mentor training, in order to support workload by reducing travel time.
We continue to work closely with all our partnership schools to ensure that school settings are COVID-secure. Our partnership schools and colleges have put in place a range of protective measures to help reduce the risks, to ensure classrooms are as safe as possible for everyone. Our trainees have been fully supported in school by their mentors and departments by engaging in regular coaching and feedback in order for trainees to be empowered to continue to deliver high quality lessons both face to face, and remotely.
In exceptional circumstances where individual trainees cannot be on placement, we have developed alternative activities which will further their professional development, such as subject knowledge development, academic reading and research, access to online professional development modules, planning and assessment tasks, etc. Trainees may also have opportunities to support virtual learning platforms for their placement schools.
Never have we needed teachers more than now. We have adapted our recruitment processes to online interviews and tasks, in order to ensure we get the right people in front of our children.
“We are hugely proud of the quality of provision that we have put in place during this time of uncertainty. We are also incredibly proud of all staff in out AMP SCITT partnership – trainees, mentors, school leaders and subject leads. Your resilience, determination and adaptability have been admirable and allowed AMP SCITT Trainees to have exceptional level of school and classroom experience. We continue to monitor the situation daily and ensure that our responses meet the needs of staff, trainees and pupils.”
Alison Brady, Head of SCITT