Welcome to Barr Beacon SCITT. Barr Beacon SCITT is an experienced, dedicated and ambitious provider of Initial Teacher Training with a thriving partnership of secondary and primary schools in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. We aim to develop the very best classroom practitioners who will go on to inspire, influence and shape the lives of future generations for years to come. This aim underpins everything about our training programme and we're incredibly proud of what we do.
Our aim is to develop teachers who are:
- skilled and inspirational specialists;
- confident and reflective practitioners;
- effective communicators who can work in partnership;
- informed intellectuals who promote a real love of learning;
- resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct.
At Barr Beacon SCITT we know what it takes to make a great teacher. We offer a well-established training, mentoring and professional development programme which leads to recommendation for QTS and a PGCE with the opportunity to gain up to 60 masters credits.
Barr Beacon SCITT offers a full time secondary training programme on our 11-16 courses in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, French, German, Spanish, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education and our 14-19 courses in Psychology and Business Studies.
As a secondary trainee teacher with Barr Beacon SCITT, you will experience a main and contrasting placement school, you will visit a primary school and you will take part in our carousel and Intensive Training and Practice weeks visiting many schools in our partnership for specialised training. You will benefit from our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum which is embedded in and woven through our professional and subject studies sessions, mentor meetings and school placements. The University of Worcester deliver the PGCE sessions on site at Barr Beacon School throughout the year enabling you to gain a PGCE with up to 60 masters credits.
Our primary SCITT programme is run in two partnerships defined by location: our Walsall partnership is led by Ryders Hayes School and our Wolverhampton partnership is led by Manor Primary School. We offer a full time Primary SCITT programmes in the age ranges 3-7 and 5-11.
As a trainee you will experience a main and contrasting placement school, you will visit a secondary school, you will receive bespoke training opportunities that are tailored to your individual needs and you will benefit from our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum. The University of Worcester delivers the PGCE sessions on-site at Barr Beacon SCITT enabling you to gain a PGCE with up to 60 masters credits.
Grow Our Own
We are passionate about recruiting the best teachers who want to make a real difference to children’s life chances. We pride ourselves on ‘growing our own’ and this is shown by our superb employment rates. We’re really proud of the fact that the vast majority of trainees who train with us stay with us and join schools within our partnership or the local area.
On the successful completion of our secondary training programme, you will:
Be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Barr Beacon SCITT.
Have the opportunity to gain the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the University of Worcester for our Secondary and Primary courses. If you want to find out more about the University of Worcester click HERE.
60 Masters Credits
Gain up to 60 Masters credits from assignments with the Universities that demonstrate Masters level study and progression to a higher degree qualification (subject to satisfying the assessment criteria set out by the University of Worcester).
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Meet the Team
We're with you from initial enquiry through to your graduation ceremony and beyond!
Michael's role is to oversee the overall SCITT partnership and the quality assurance of the partnership.
Kim WozniakCourse Manager
Kim's role is to oversee the day-to-day management of the programme.
Lindsey is on hand to answer any questions you may have and to ensure the smooth running of the programme on a daily basis.
Catie HalseSCITT Professional Mentor
Catie’s role is to oversee the SCITT secondary professional studies curriculum.
As a SCITT trainee you will have access to our iCentre facility based at Barr Beacon School, which houses computer suites, meeting areas and our library facilities. We have an extensive selection of teacher training textbooks and subject specific literature to support you through your studies. We are also very proud of our new-build at Barr Beacon School which is the hub of the SCITT and contains our teacher training conference rooms and training suites.