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What do we offer

What does Poole SCITT offerPoole SCITT is a high quality school-based primary teaching programme, which is constantly reviewed in order to develop well-prepared and inspired trainees with a positive and reflective attitude towards educating children. As well as a clearly structured taught course which comprises an interrelated blend of theory and practice, the course offers each trainee approximately 24 weeks in KS1 and KS2 classrooms in different partner schools from Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.  We aim to provide a programme which encourages trainees to engage in dialogue through interaction, critical thinking and reflection.

The taught course

  • The taught course is delivered by a range of highly qualified tutors and consultants who lead the different components according to their expertise and experience.
  • The taught course is delivered from Ad Astra Infant School and a variety of other school venues, offering a realistic educational context for study, often involving practical, school-based activity and observations.
  • Trainee audits with supporting seminars and tutorials develop your confidence in the core subjects, and ensure a high level of academic success.
  • All of the assignments are designed to complement your practice in schools and to extend your reading and reflection on the links between theory and practice whilst encouraging innovative ideas.
  • Our highly rated academic and taught aspects of the course are carefully monitored and evaluated to ensure they include current educational priorities and initiatives.

“Outstanding personalised training, professional development and pastoral support offered by the partnership to trainees and NQT’s ”


“I have received outstanding support from all the tutors, mentors and the professional co-ordinators. They really supported me and gave me excellent feedback and advice to support my personal and professional development. ”


“A brilliant and challenging year. Exactly what I needed. I am so excited to enter this new career. Thank you Poole SCITT!.”


School based practice

  • In schools you will work alongside experienced professionals who will guide, mentor and support you as a developing teacher.
  • Many of the school based tutors were themselves trained at Poole SCITT and offer invaluable encouragement and relevant guidance to trainees.
  • There is plenty of opportunity for focussed discussions with colleagues and your supporting professional tutor during the placements.
  • The structure of the SCITT Professional Development Portfolio and termly feedback profiles help each trainee and tutor to track their individual progress through the QTS standards.

“Poole SCITT is without a doubt the best course you could do to prepare you to be a teacher. It helps you realise your dreams and aspirations and supports you through your entire journey. You make lifelong friends in your fellow colleagues and have the opportunity to work in amazing schools within the area and experience lots of different teaching and learning styles.”


“I really liked the idea of a school based course as I wanted to learn on the job and be in the classroom with children. I chose Poole SCITT because of great comments that I had heard from other people, and also from the very good Ofsted report.”



  • A designated SCITT study room and a well equipped relevant library which is regularly updated
  • Additional access to resources and e-learning through our validating body
  •  Prompt and professional personalised support from the SCITT team of Coordinator, tutors, administration manager and finance manager

“…. up to date research and good practice materials are used judiciously in developing trainees’ confidence and knowledge of the curriculum.”


“..the exemplary professional conduct and practice of the professional co-ordinator and SCITT tutors that continues to sustain high outcomes for all trainees.”


Highlights of the current course include:

  • An opportunity at the start of the course gives trainees the experience of educational working outside the classroom as well as an ideal opportunity to create a cohesive bond within the group
  • Visits to local special schools enhance the understanding of special educational needs
  • Creative educational projects offer the chance to work with local museum staff, and staff from Poole Borough open spaces and beaches.

Contact Details

Poole SCITT,
Ad Astra Infant School
Sherborn Crescent
BH17 8AP

Tel: 01202 605315

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