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Want To Become A Teacher?

At Sythwood Primary School we believe that training our own teachers is a way of ensuring that our children consistently receive the highest quality of teaching and learning. We have many teachers who were trained through the SCITT programme and are now a vital part of what makes our school such a fantastic place to work. If you have a desire to give children the best possible start in life then please read the information below. 

Surrey South Farnham School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SSF SCITT)

A primary Initial Teacher Training partnership graded by Ofsted in March 2014 as an 'Outstanding'  provider in all areas. Nationally recognised within the DfE to be at the forefront of school based training through the effective delivery of School Direct programmes.

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Lead School and Teaching School: South Farnham School

Local Authority Partner: Surrey

ITT Provider: Surrey South Farnham SCITT (known as SSF)

An Introduction to Surrey South Farnham SCITT (SSF)

Surrey South Farnham SCITT (SSF) is an ITT partnership based on the South Farnham Teaching School Alliance, but drawing on the opportunities available to trainees in a large and expanding group of primary schools across the whole of Surrey and its borders.  SSF is the only primary SCITT partnership that has partner schools right across the county, and now, even further afield into neighbouring counties. It is also the only SCITT operating in Surrey that has an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating (March 2014). Surrey LA is a key partner within SSF and includes Babcock 4S as the delivery agent.  SSF has developed out of the Surrey LA Graduate Teacher Programme, which in 2012/13 entered its tenth and final year of operation.  Whilst developing a unique and distinctive school-led programme, SSF has built on the qualities of the Graduate scheme. The programme is built around a trainee having an on-going experience in one host school together with a six week experience in a contrasting school and several subject-related short experiences in outstanding primary schools.

School Direct programmes are an important element of government strategy for training new teachers. There continues to be a significant growth in the number of places allocated through School Direct and SSF intends to be at the forefront of this strategic direction for ITT, increasing the number of trainees we recruit on a year by year basis. For 2015/16 SSF has recruited a compliment of 105 trainees onto School Direct salaried and tuition fee programmes and intends to grow that to 150 in 2016/17. There is a pressing need to recruit and train more teachers to meet the demand for NQTs in the coming years, particularly in the southeast region.

For more details about the SCITT application process and up-and-coming information seminars, please download the documents below.