SCITT Programme Director (member of SLT)
The Basingstoke Alliance SCITT is an accredited provider of school centered initial teacher training (SCITT). We are looking to appoint a dedicated and passionate educator as the Director of the Basingstoke Alliance SCITT. This is a successful partnership which has had a significant impact on the local area with the provision of new secondary teachers and supporting the professional development of the schools. Dove House School Academy is the accredited provider and outstanding lead school for pupils with SEN. The partnership has been nationally recognised for the strength of its SEN provision within the training programme and the candidate will be expected to build on this strength.
The Programme Director will continue to drive the partnership in its aspiration to be an outstanding provider of initial teacher training (ITT). The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the current national picture of ITT and continuing professional development and be able to apply these to support school improvement at a local level. The role will combine strategic and operational leadership skills in order to ensure that all schools contribute to the high quality ITT provision working with Headteachers, senior/middle leaders and secondary subject specialists.
The Programme Director will be a senior leader at Dove House School Academy where the SCITT is based. They will lead a small but highly competent management and administration team at Dove House which provides the fulcrum for the partnership. Leading with integrity and the ability to build excellent working relationships is central to this role in order to maintain the effective learning community which has been established.
The candidate must be an excellent teacher who is familiar with and has experience of both the school and ITT Ofsted Frameworks. Outstanding teaching and learning is central to the delivery of a high quality ITT programme and in producing good and outstanding teachers. Knowledge and experience of mentoring/coaching to support ITT and continuing professional development is essential to this role.
Excellent communication skills are required to be able to articulate and drive the vision for the partnership at all levels. The candidate must be highly enthusiastic, motivated and be able to take responsibility for organising their work schedule to meet the requirements of this exciting and demanding role.
The role would suit an outstanding and ambitious middle or senior leader who is passionate about high quality teaching and making a difference to the young people of Basingstoke and the surrounding area. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership and communication skills and be a collaborative and highly organised colleague.
Main duties and responsibilities
• Leadership, development and management of ITT course provision for ITT students, NQTs and RQTs.
• Quality assurance.
• Delivery of the SCITT programmes.
• Management of effective school partnerships.
Key functions of the post
• To lead and create the ITT professional studies and subject programmes with a team of supporting professional from across the partnership who will deliver the sessions.
• Liaise with partnership schools to develop and quality assure the QTS elements of the programme.
• Lead and undertake the quality assurance of all aspects of the programme.
• Lead the SCITT’s readiness for its ITE Ofsted inspection.
• Develop an effective and successful marketing and recruitment strategy for the SCITT attending recruitment channels.
• Share information and successes of the SCITT course through sources, newsletters and identified social media channels.
• Strategic development of the course content responding to local and national needs of ITT, including all policy changes.
• Deliver staff training and write training manuals and handbooks with the relevant paperwork / proformas as required with the professional tutors for all aspects of the course.
• Provide training for ITT mentors across the partnership to ensure high quality support and training is being delivered in a consistent manner.
• Lead the annual cycle of improvement including the self-evaluation document and improvement plan.
• Analyse each year all data from the completed application forms and fact findings to improve the process.
• Report to the SCITT Executive Board and committees on recruitment and selection, training and assessment, and the impact of ITT training in initial training year, NQT and RQT year.
• Oversee the SCITTs Appeals Panel as required.
• Prepare and review data from evaluation forms and act upon key issues.
• Provide reports on the effective placement schools, professional tutors and ITT coaches.
• Ensure that all data from evaluations are scrutinised and acted upon.
• Visit partnership schools to ensure high quality training and mentor support is being delivered.
• Liaise with the internal and external moderators and report their findings to the Executive Board.
• Participate in the coaching of students engaged in host and alternative school experience and liaise with Headteachers, Mentors, SCITTCo’s and Subject Board Tutors.
• Assess, monitor, record and report on students’ progress through ITT year, NQT and RQT years.
• Monitor and ensure the quality of course provision and contribute to other aspects of quality assurance procedures, including teaching and learning developments.
• Engage in research and maintain a good understanding of contemporary developments in the initial teacher training and continuous professional development of teachers.
• Carry out such administrative duties as required by the programme.
• Contribute to the wider professional preparation of students in their NQT and RQT.
• Undertake appropriate staff development.
• Provide academic advice and have pastoral responsibility for group of talented individuals each year.
• To undertake any additional duties as determined by the Headteacher and Executive Board.
• The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this job specification are indicative and may vary over time. Post holders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.
Essential educational requirements
Qualified Teacher Status
Essential skills and experience
• Excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with existing and potential trainees, ITT coaches and headteachers, teaching school staff, assessors and trainers in addition to personnel from government departments including the DfE.
• The ability to develop course resources, official documents and maintain the partnership’s self-evaluation documents.
• Experience of creating and leading development plans.
• Well-developed project management skills.
• Budget setting, monitoring and reporting experience alongside the finance department.
• Familiarity of working with trainee teachers and the teacher standards.
• An understanding of ITT systems and the school direct route.
• A flexible approach to meeting the post requirements, including some evening, weekend and school holiday working.
About Dove House School
- Sutton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 5SU
- Not Applicable
- Dove House School website (opens in a new window)