Our Experience

John Taylor has been a SCITT, providing high quality teacher training, since 2015 and we have gradually expanded our provision each year to include a variety of routes: Secondary and Primary routes, salaried and unsalaried routes and for the first time in 2021, we have introduced a part time route.

We have a proven track record of recruiting and training talented teachers and retaining a large proportion of them in our local area due to the excellent reputation that we have built up over the years.

Initial Teacher Education
Gill Martin

SCITT Director

Initial Teacher Education
Mike Simmons

Secondary SCITT Lead

Initial Teacher Education
Louise Houlders

Primary SCITT Lead

Initial Teacher Education
Leah Axten

SCITT Co-ordinator

Our Model

We operate an A-B-A model, whereby trainees are allocated a home school. They start and finish their training in this school and have a contrasting 9-week placement in the middle, enhanced by both a short unassessed primary and special school experience. Trainees attend face to face training one day a week and this day is split into general professional studies training in the morning and subject specific training in the afternoon. Trainees are well supported by the central team, Subject Pedagogy Tutors and of course, mentors in their placement schools.

Our Partnerships

As an accredited SCITT we have enjoyed strong links with the University of Derby, who deliver on our programmes and accredit the academic award of PGCE which is offered alongside QTS. In terms of partnerships, we offer schools and MATs different partnership models according to their desired level of involvement and their capacity. Current partnership models include:

Schools who work with us on a placement only model, where they host trainees during their training year.

Lead School Direct schools, who have their own allocation of trainees, but have chosen us as the accrediting provider for QTS. These schools have the flexibility to buy in to different aspects of our core model according to their capacity.

If you have any questions or wish to register an interest in becoming more involved email scitt@jths.co.uk

Our Vision

As a Teaching School hub, we hope to be able to build on our success and expand our provision, reaching out and developing partnerships with more schools across East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth, Cannock, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth potentially expanding our offer to include an apprenticeship route and an Early Years provision.

Moving forward and looking towards planned expansion, our vision is to develop all models of partnership and establish delivery hubs in different localities, so that our programme is accessible to trainees throughout our TS hub region and provide a pipeline of trainees and high-quality Early Carer Teachers to satisfy teacher recruitment in local areas. 

We very much regard the ITE year as Year 1 of an ongoing induction into teaching. Where our trainees secure employment in our local schools we very much hope that they will seamlessly progress to engagement in our Early Career Framework Full Induction Programme which we are delivering in partnership with Education Development Trust. Our ECF lead for the region also delivers the pedagogy module of our ITE programme and as a result has a good knowledge and understanding of the strengths of those trainees as they move into their induction year.

Next Steps

We have an ITE management Board comprising of senior leaders with responsibility for trainees in their own school and would invite expressions of interest from anyone interested in attending to find out a bit more about our SCITT or alternatively we are happy to have a discussion with any school or MAT who is interested in finding out more about our partnerships models or is keen to get involved in the delivery of our programmes.

If you have any questions or wish to register an interest in becoming more involved please email scitt@jths.co.uk