Fylde Coast SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) are on-the-job programmes which serve the recruitment needs of local schools and colleges, because they allow people to teach where they live, without attending university, and qualify after one year with Qualified Teacher Status and an optional PGCE.
Over 200 teachers have been trained through this Ofsted Outstanding provider, and earlier this month, Scott Benton visited the training suite within Armfield Academy, part of The Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT), to meet some of them and find out more about their preparation.
Scott spent time with primary and secondary trainees as they worked together to complete their trauma-informed practice module with Rebecca Calvert from the NHS, PC Jo Mills from Blackpool Council and A Better Start team.
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He also met Jane Leigh, Senior Assistant Principal for St Mary’s Catholic Academy who designs the safeguarding curriculum for SCITT, and she explained how unique this programme is and how much it better prepares teachers for the realities of the classroom, with many even being Blackpool children themselves.
John Topping from FCAT, and a former Senior Leader in Blackpool schools, said: "We are really grateful to Scott Benton MP for visiting the Fylde Coast SCITT during this day of Brain Architecture workshops. As a qualified teacher himself, Scott recognises the vital importance of this high quality teacher training being available in Blackpool, for Blackpool".