WRPITT Outstanding Provider
WRPITT is an outstanding ITT provider within the Yorkshire region and has been training teachers through its highly successful programme since 1999. WRPITT is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Partnership (SCITT) involving the Wakefield Regional Teaching School Alliance together with Wakefield Council.
The partnership was judged to be an Outstanding (Grade 1) provider for Initial Teacher Training by Ofsted in its inspection in June 2009 and again in June 2013. Ofsted recognised the strength of the partnership in the design and delivery of its innovative and collaborative programme.
In June 2013 Ofsted said:
"The exceptionally high rate of employment of trainees who join the programme is testament to the selection of highly committed prospective teachers, and to their very high attainment against the Teachers' Standards"
"The partnership has an excellent reputation locally for producing high quality teachers and is attracting enquiries from schools well beyond the district"
"The training programme is designed to equip trainees with well-developed knowledge, understanding and skills and to offer them rich opportunities to develop and apply these through high-quality placements. Its success is confirmed by the excellent outcomes for trainees and the strong endorsement it receives from trainees themselves."
All training routes offered by WRPITT follow the same pattern. The yearly cycle goes from 1 September until the end of the academic year.
Before the 1 September all trainees will have completed the following:
•Interview process by the Partnership
•Verification by the lead school
•Received satisfactory references
•Received satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health checks
•Passed the National Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy
The training programme is created to meet the needs of each trainee, so that they build on their strengths and develop high quality professional knowledge, skills and understanding.
Trainees will spend most of their time in a lead school with a second school and cross-phase placement in the first half of the Spring term.
There will be another placement for two weeks in the summer term based on the needs, interests and priorities of the trainee.
When trainees are awarded a place on the course they have an Initial Needs Analysis (INA) that highlights skills they already have and areas for development. This will include audits of subject knowledge and professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This analysis is reviewed after every half a term to ensure that needs are built into an Individual Training Plan (ITP). The ITP gives trainees a live and working framework to track their development.
Trainees are helped in this process by a detailed support package. This includes support from a trained and experienced school-based tutor (SBT), the school ITT Leader, and a Link Tutor. Link Tutors are experienced former headteachers or senior leaders with a large knowledge of ITT to support trainees.
Based on the INAs and the ITPs of the trainees, Wakefield offers a detailed weekly training programme to complement the school-based Professional Studies Programme specific to the trainee.
A detailed training programme is offered, including courses in vital skills such as behaviour management, inclusion, and assessment for learning. Primary trainees also get specific subject training.
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