The John Taylor SCITT

Our Experience

John Taylor has been a SCITT, providing high quality teacher training, since 2014 and we have gradually expanded our provision each year to include a variety of routes: Secondary and Primary routes, salaried and unsalaried routes and the option to train part time.

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.

Nathan Morland

SCITT Director

Initial Teacher Education
Mike Simmons

Secondary SCITT Lead

Initial Teacher Education
Louise Houlders

Primary SCITT Lead

Dianne Whiting

SCITT Co-ordinator

Our Model

We operate an A-B-A model where trainees start and finish their training in a ‘Home School Placement’ and experience a 9-week placement in a contrasting school in the same phase of education in between. This is enhanced further by short unassessed experiences in a Special School and another phase of education (e.g., Secondary Trainees experience a Primary School placement).

Throughout the programme, 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 schools who support with recruitment and place trainees in schools within their Trust.

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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. 

The ITE year as Year 1 of a 3-year induction into teaching. Where our trainees secure employment in a local school we very much hope that they will seamlessly progress onto Early Career Framework Full Induction Programme with John Taylor Teaching School Hub which we deliver in partnership with the 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.

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