'Burning Lights' in EADT
The East Anglian Daily Times have described SNITT as being part of a 'quiet revolution' (EADT article) that is taking place in Suffolk and Norfolk schools. Undoubtedly, we are proud to be part of this kind of revolution if it means that we are able to help to raise the quality of education in Suffolk and Norfolk.
However, on reflection, I think that the SNITT team would probably suggest that the year of 2012-2013 has not been that 'quiet'. We had a four day Ofsted inspection in May 2013 which inspected our three programmes; Primary SCITT; Secondary SCITT and GTP (now School Direct Salaried). Our Ofsted gradings were excellent with Primary SCITT being graded as 'outstanding' in all areas; GTP graded as 'good with outstanding' in leadership and management and Secondary SCITT being graded as 'good' in all areas.
Not happy with just an Ofsted inspection, we then decided to have our courses university validated for offering a Post- Graduate Certificate in Education with 60 Master credits and Qualified Teacher Status for all three programmes in June 2013. From September 2013, trainees will now gain the same qualifications as other university based providers in this local area. This is a fantastic achievement for us and only validates the high quality of ITT that we have been offering to our trainees for a number of years.
We have also had to adapt to the requirements of the new ITT model School Direct which has been created by the government to ensure that teacher training is fully immersed in schools.
With all these changes and challenges that have taken place in the last few months, there is no doubt that we are now hoping for a 'quiet' 2013-14 so we can just focus on our core purpose; to train high quality teachers who will contribute to raising the achievement and attainment of primary and secondary students across Suffolk and Norfolk.