Every trainee works closely with a Subject Mentor throughout the three assessed teaching placements. This starts with observation of the Subject Mentor’s practice and builds with co-planning to increase confidence. Gradually, the trainee begins to teach classes with the mentor’s support and guidance, developing responsibility and autonomy. The Subject Mentor provides verbal and written feedback and supports the trainee to reflect on practice and set targets.

The trainee is also supported by a Specialist Leader of Education or Subject Lead who delivers pedagogy and, works with the subject mentor to review the trainee’s progress throughout the course. In addition to this, SCITT leaders offer support and guidance to trainees across all three placements.

The nature and design of the training programme encourages the building of a supportive cohort where experiences are shared and collaboration is commonplace. The support that the secondary trainees offer each other is a key factor in developing confidence and resilience.