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  • Away training day at Newark Academy

    Trainees enjoy visiting school and meeting staff and pupils

    One of the benefits of NTS SCITT is being able to show trainees a variety of schools across our multi academy Trust during training away days. On Friday 13th October the 2017-18 cohort had the opportunity to visit Newark Academy, meet the staff and children and hear about the growth and successful development of the school from Andy Seymour (Headteacher). School prefects gave trainees in subject groups a fantastic tour of the new building and they were pretty wowed by the high levels of pupil engagement. In the afternoon trainees completed an observation task exploring ways pupils made progress and aspects of differentiation and assessment for learning. A huge thanks to the staff and pupils in making us welcome!

    Posted 18/10/2017 by Main News

  • Trainees make a successful start in partner schools

    New schools; Newark Academy and Garibaldi join NTS to host trainees.

    Cohort 3 of NTS have made a great start in new school placements. This year we welcome 2 new schools to join our partnership and already ITT trainees are experiencing fabulous mentoring and school placements. On 13th October all trainees have a core training away day at Newark Academy and have a chance to meet the Headteacher, staff and children whilst touring a new school setting and observing pupils making strong progress during lessons.

    Trainees have been able to compare experiences and have been able to learn and share great teaching and learning through online and face to face interaction. NTS pride themselves on enabling all trainees to experience a diverse range of school settings in order to support their personal development; you never quite know where your next inspirational idea will come from!

    Posted 04/10/2017 by Main News

  • Class of 2018 complete 3 week 'Induction'

    Cohort 3 of NTS Secondary ITT make a fantastic start

    Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT gave a warm welcome to the new trainee cohort of 2017-18. During the 3 week induction period trainees took part in a huge variety of interactive sessions including: Safeguarding/Prevent, Assessment for Learning, Behaviour management techniques, Voice/ body language training and Creative ways of teaching and learning. Such sessions were delivered by over 15 different specialists. They attended a 'subject specific' day and met their subject tutors for the first time. Next stop...Primary placements before moving onto placement 1 secondary schools.

    Posted 20/09/2017 by Main News

  • Core Training Day at Djanogly City Academy

    Fantastic Training Day at DCA

    On Friday 5th May, we spent a fascinating day at Djanogly City Academy learning how to 'Teach like a Champion' Doug Lemov-style. The trainees had the opportunity to learn how to 'increase their radar' in the classroom and to use a range of innovative ' non - verbal cues' to create positive behaviour for learning in lessons. The afternoon session provided an interesting insight into a range of EAL strategies . Thanks to everyone for their input and support - a great day!

    Posted 08/05/2017 by Main News

  • Subject Specific Training - off site visits

    Trainees organise "out of classroom" learning experiences

    At NTS, our approach to the development of trainees' subject specific knowledge is a core part of our programme.

    Our team of specialist Lead Subject Tutors lead this agenda and deliver six Subject Specific Training Days at the SCITT.Each day is linked to a Teaching Standard or Standards. In addition to this, each of our Core Training Days has a subject specific focus, allowing the trainees an opportunity to apply general pedagogies to their own classes. Our mentors and class teachers further support trainees in developing subject specific knowledge through 'Subject Knowledge Targets' on lesson observation feedback. Finally, our trainees undertake Subject Specific Assignments as part of the PGCE course delivered by the University of Nottingham.

    As part of Subject Specific Day 6, our trainees and Lead Subject Tutors headed out on the road as part of a project to plan, risk assess and lead extra – curricular activities. Destinations included the National Space Centre in Leicester and the Holocaust Centre in Newark. A great opportunity to develop skills and that all important ‘out of the classroom thinking’.

    Posted 07/05/2017 by Main News

  • 'A Week in the Life of a SCITT Trainee'

    English trainee teacher Jo Day talks about her experiences as a trainee

    'If you have just finished university, like I had, used to not really being accountable for the majority of hours in a day, then be prepared for a bit of a change.

    As a SCITT trainee who is about to enter their third term, you treasure every minute you have and actually, you realise just how incredibly productive you can be. In 10 minutes you become able to print your work sheets off for the year 7 class you have next, create a questions box for PSHE that you have period 4 and make a cup of tea and steal a biscuit or two from a colleague. You become the master of nailing the 'to do' list.

    Yes, at times, that is hard because you never quite get to the bottom of it. Just when you think you have, 5 students wow you in lesson and you decide to phone home to emphasise just how incredibly proud you are or you take on a new after school club that needs planning or maybe a student just wants to come and talk to you. However, such occurrences are the most rewarding thing, so you don't mind the fact it's become a tiny bit longer because the benefits will be invaluable. Students will come up and thank you and when they do, that's when you know you're doing alright. Even if it does feel as though you're juggling 20 balls in the air at the same time. That thank you made it worth while.

    And if the worst happens and for a moment you drop one, you share that momentary blip with a fellow trainee who has no doubt felt exactly the same before. So they pick you back up and they dust you off and you carry on and in a week's time, you'll be there for someone else's blip.

    Be ready to work hard, treasure every minute and make some incredible friends along the way.'

    Jo Day (NTS English)

    Posted 24/03/2017 by Main News

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