At GORSE SCITT, we understand that starting placements can be daunting. Our partnering schools are equipped with staff who want to see our Trainees excel in their training and offer fantastic support in aiding their development to Qualified Teacher Status. At all of our partner schools where placements are undertaken, Trainees receive a thorough and detailed induction from professionals and welcome to the school. Assistant Director of GORSE SCITT, Gareth Davies, discusses a typical placement induction day at one of these schools, The Ruth Gorse Academy. 

“Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss

Apprehension, as a child, surrounding your first day at a new school is a feeling many of us will never forget. As an adult, and embarking on your new role as ‘teacher’, these feelings of apprehension as you start your first placement school can feel insurmountable. It is from a position of personal experience and complete understanding that we aim to deliver an induction day to mitigate fears and ensure that new colleagues have access to the knowledge and, most importantly, support that guarantees the best possible start. When you arrive at The Ruth Gorse Academy you will observe the dawn of the school day, with around another 15 SCITT colleagues, from the sanctuary of our glass-walled reception area. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for the school by observing students during social time. You will then be escorted through the atrium for introductions and refreshments. At this point, you will also be registered with IT to allow access to all computers, printing facilities and supplied with a teacher key that opens all classrooms. We feel trainee teachers must be given all the tools to make them look and feel like an existing teacher. A tour will then be led by our prefects giving chance to explore and ask questions about the day to day running of the school. This will be followed by a series of workshops focusing on school policies surrounding safeguarding, positive discipline etc. Trainees are then allowed time to reflect and have any unanswered questions resolved before being introduced to their personal mentor and the school principal. The day concludes with time for Trainees to explore their specific subject area and be introduced to the subject-specific colleagues they’ll be working alongside for the next few months. It cannot be overemphasised that the information disseminated and the relationships cultivated during the induction day are fundamental to the start of a successful placement.

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