‘For me the attraction of Peninsula’s programme was the fact you are actually living and breathing the school experience from day one! The framework that is in place at Penrice and the links to Plymouth University give you the support and guidance that you need and as long as you’re not afraid to roll your sleeves up and immerse yourself in school life then this is definitely the best way to experience all that the teaching profession has to offer. It’s the end of the first half term and it’s quite scary to see how much I have developed in such a short time, Peninsula give you the tools to succeed and the feedback to constantly improve. I’d definitely recommend this route to anyone who is seriously considering entering the wonderfully challenging world of teaching.’
Pete, Geography Trainee
The Peninsula SCITT programme offers a one year, full time, Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme based within Cornish Schools. We offer training across a range of Secondary subjects and work with Plymouth University to enable graduates to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and their PGCE (Postgraduate certificate in education).
The programme is school based, supported by Professional Studies sessions led by Plymouth University tutors, most of which will take place at Penrice Academy in St Austell with an occasional day on campus at Plymouth University during the year. The theory side of the training programme is led from Penrice Academy so as learning of the theory can be coupled with the opportunity to observe teaching and learning within the classroom. We utilise enrichment school experiences as well as placements to ensure trainees get a broad insight into the approaches taken within a range of Schools and educational settings and see various examples of practice.
During September trainees spend one day a week within their placement school – giving them the opportunity to become familiar with students and staff whilst four days a week are spent with fellow trainees in the training centre at Penrice Academy or visiting other educational settings. Following the Teaching and Learning Induction stage of the programme trainees start their Placement 1 phase of the programme within one of our partner Schools. Placement 1 takes place from September until December after which trainees move to their second Placement School. This second placement continues until the end of the training giving trainees a considerable amount of time working within a school to develop their teaching as well as an experience of two contrasting school environments. On top of this Enrichment School Experience is arranged in the form of one day or multiple day visits to a range of educational settings to provide an opportunity to experience environments such as Primary, Independent, alternative and specialist schools to further the development and experience of the trainee.
Throughout all stages of the Peninsula SCITT programme trainees are supported by Mentors within their placement schools and Subject Leads as well as a Peninsula SCITT Coach.
‘After graduating from the University of Exeter it was clear that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching within the south-west. The Peninsula course provided this opportunity and its unique school based Initial Teacher Training programme combined placements within Cornish schools with support from leading educational professionals. The most valuable aspect of this programme, by far, is spending the majority of my time training within the classroom being supported by inspirational teachers. There is also a wide variety of support, from mentors in placement schools to coaches within the teaching school, all of whom guide trainees to become outstanding teachers. I feel privileged to be undertaking my teacher training within Cornwall, after all, how many geography teachers can take their students for a lesson on the local beach?’
Dan, Geography Trainee