Our ITT curriculum is built upon these core principles and made up of seven distinctive yet overlapping strands:
In 2019 the initial teacher training core content framework (CCF) was published by the DfE as the minimum requirement for a teaching training programme curriculum. The CCF lies at the heart of our provision, and represents a minimum entitlement to all trainees. Not only does our curriculum extensively cover this core knowledge and skills, but, goes beyond this entitlement in key areas to provide you with enhanced training and preparation for your career as a teacher. An example here is how we utilise the benefits of our Curriculum Centre subject experts to lead on your subject specific training.
The taught curriculum will be provided using a mixture of expert led and subject led sessions, during which trainees are given the opportunity to apply their learning, and practise classroom enactment, against specific success criteria. Expert led sessions are presented to the cohort by practitioners that make up the SCITT team, or who are recognised in their field, within the trust and wider. For example, our inclusive teaching lead, Gary Aubin, is the trust lead for SEND and a content specialist at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Subject specific sessions are taught by the trust subject leads, who write the curriculum at the trust, based in the Curriculum centre. In subject specific sessions trainees will have the opportunity to apply their training to their subject domain, as well as discuss subject specific approaches and common debates.
A Pioneering Teaching Curriculum and our expert subject leaders
Future Academies has undertaken a pioneering initiative to develop a knowledge-rich approach to curriculum design, initially inspired by the impact on attainment of E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Curriculum. Our curriculum has attracted national attention: Future Academies’ sponsors, which founded The Curriculum Centre, were part of DfE’s Curriculum Fund support schools with their curricula and its associated teacher-centred pedagogy. Several members of the team that led the development of our curriculum have served as advisors to the Department for Education on the reform of the National Curriculum, the review of the Teachers’ Standards and the Early Years Educator criteria.
Our trainees benefit from the Curriculum Centre through access to exemplar curricula resources and subject curriculum support. Not only do our trainees get access to these resources so they are only adapting resources, not planning from scratch, they also receive direct training from these experts during most weeks of their training.