June Trainee Update

We are in the thick of the last half term and trainees have just a few weeks left of their placement before they become fully qualified teachers! However, we are by no means winding down. June has been jam packed with training, trips and tenacity!

The wonderful Nikki Ryder (Partnership Director for SEND) has been back in to deliver a key session on Safeguarding which underpins everything that we do. Lisa Clark and Sarah Cowley from The Virtual School have been to GORSE SCITT to talk to our primary and secondary trainees about their responsibility for ensuring that all children who are looked after (CLA) fulfil their educational potential. These were eye opening sessions which made us all pause for a moment and consider just how pivotal the role of a teacher is.

Secondary music trainees visited @UniOfYork to take part in a Gamelan workshop. They had great fun learning about Indonesian music and culture, and how we could take the approaches from it into our own music classrooms.

In the final session of the year, the Design and Technology trainees completed a printing workshop which involved creating samples for mono-printing, stencil printing and batik. This is what two trainees had to say:

“The subject training has allowed me to develop high level skills that are not within my specialism, allowing me to feel comfortable and confident delivering material in any lesson that comes my way. We have also built a supportive community being able to assist each other and support each other whenever needed.”

“I always looked forward to my subject knowledge sessions, they were constructed carefully to ensure that any gaps in our knowledge were addressed and became the highlight of my week.”

Primary trainees have enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve with our Science Lead; Dave Craine​. They had a tour of the educational facility which allowed them to try out tasks such as nature walks, pond-dipping and den-building, with a view to doing these with their classes next year on school trips. They also enjoyed their curriculum enrichment training at Hornsea last week. They spent the day exploring and investigating the land shore drift along the coastline.

Finally, there were smiles all round as GORSE SCITT staff and trainees completed the Leeds 10K this weekend to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Leeds Mind and Alcohol Change UK. Well done everyone!

Trainees are now in placements full time until we invite them back in for their ECT Ready Conference and then Graduation!