This has been the hardest and yet most amazing year of my life and … I’ve loved every moment. Titan gave me the opportunity as a mature student to pursue a career that I was struggling to break in to. My first degree wasn’t great but after 18 months working as a TA I got my teacher training opportunity.
Be under no illusion that this will be the busiest, most intense and stressful year but, it will prepare you totally for your NQT year. The support that Titan staff afford you as well as the close-knit environment with your fellow students ensures that you have an outlet for the hundreds of amazing moments you will experience, but also those moments when you need a helping hand and sometimes… shoulder to cry on.
Titan Partnership offers a real life, hands on experience of teaching in schools. Both schools that Titan placed me in gave me a valuable insight into the life of a teacher. The support offered from the SBTs was given in real time, and was effective and constructive to ensure I was making progress.
The Titan cohort was small, therefore Claire got to know you individually, which is important if you have any questions or queries. Also relationships within the group were free flowing which was important as when I had a really challenging or exhilarating week, I could share my experiences with my colleagues.
Even though this year was tough, it was really important for me to have fun at my placements. Being resilient and non-defensive about feedback is crucial as this helped me become a good trainee. I would definitely recommend Titan to anyone looking into teaching!
“Titan have a personal, flexible way of working with their trainees thanks to the small numbers. This sets it apart from other ITT providers”
“Great opportunity to work in inner-city schools, giving support to the pupils who need it most”
“I knew St Mary’s (Titan’s lead School Direct Primary school) was an outstanding school”
“The SCITT course gives you a gradual introduction into teaching, working up to a 70% timetable during the year”
“Many trainees end up employed in Titan training schools thanks to their school-based approach to training”
*Quotes taken from our 14/15 trainee cohort
The support from my SBT was excellent. I had the opportunity to learn directly from him, as we mostly team taught together. This meant that I was constantly getting feedback and ways/techniques to improve my teaching. (P.E. trainee 2013-14)
The Professional Tutor sessions were informative and useful with applications to the whole school life. Opportunity was always there to visit PT for advice. (PE trainee 2011-12)
The support of experienced and newly qualified staff has developed my practice. They have gone above and beyond their duties to support and guide me, though difficult periods. (D&T trainee 2011-12)
My placement at Mayfield was fantastic. More students should be encouraged to complete an SEN placement. (Primary trainee 2013-14)
I had a fantastic support system in school. I was made to feel like a member of the staff from the minute I arrived. (Primary trainee 2013-14)
I am very grateful for all the support I received from Titan while on the course. I doubt it would have been possible with another provider. The support was excellent. (Physics trainee 2013-14)
I felt well supported by my SBT and was able to express myself by starting my own clubs and extra curricular activities. (P.E. trainee 2013-14)
All of the time spent in school was invaluable, I feel that immersion is the best way to learn how to become a good teacher, and I feel that this course really does give you that hands on real life ‘teacher’ experience. (Primary trainee 2013-14)
I think the fact that the group of trainees is small made me feel valued as an individual. I also think that the course is very good because it is very practical and allows learning in the actual practice of teaching. (R.E. trainee 2013-14)
Typically and very clichéd, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. However, when I left university I wasn’t sure whether this desire to be a teacher was simply because education was all I’d ever known. Therefore I applied for grad-schemes and went to work in industry for two years. As I’d known deep down, the desire to teach and be in the classroom did not fade which confirmed to me that teaching was the career I belonged in. I had a degree in English Literature and I wanted to use it! Despite this, I’d been working for two years and the thought of going back to university full time did not appeal to me at all. Luckily, there were options still available to me, through Titan. I applied for a place on Titan’s GTP scheme (the new Schools Direct route) which allowed me to work, train and teach in school full time; the majority of coaching and training happened on the job with specific mentoring sessions after school each week. This layout suited me perfectly.
Titan is an organisation that sculpts their training programme around people who want to experience the life of a school teacher, first hand. It suited me to be amongst teachers, students and immerse myself in school life as fully as possible to get the most from my environment and to learn from people who are experts at what they do. I didn’t believe I would get this same opportunity by sitting in a lecture theatre and talking about theories and practices, I wanted to see and experience them for myself!
At Titan I received the correct balance between academic study and hands on experience. I completed my PGCE which is accredited through BCU, giving me the opportunity to use all of BCU’s resources. On both placements you are assigned an SBT (Subject Based Tutor) and a PT (Personal Tutor) who are always on hand to ask questions and ask for help and support when necessary.
I completed two training placements and thoroughly enjoyed both. The staff I worked alongside taught me an immeasurable amount and I am absolutely certain this training provided me with an enormous head start in comparison to those who studied for full time PGCEs at university.
The skills I learnt on both placements have moulded the teacher I am now. Because I was training full time in school, when a vacancy became available for an English teacher I was able to apply for the position and was appointed because of my confidence and assurance within the school and amongst the students. Since then I have become Second in Department for English, a position I absolutely love. I now work with Titan, supporting the next generation of trainees. I am an SBT within school for trainee English teachers, I run SAA sessions for trainees to support their subject and curriculum knowledge and work as Subject Leader with Titan, helping trainees complete the academic side to the course too.
Titan enabled me to train in a job that I love, in a sector that I love and develop a career, which I love.
“The high quality of support for trainees on all programmes to ensure their well being and enable the large majority of trainees to make good progress…”
“The commitment to equality of opportunity through the promotion of equal and fair access to high quality training for all…”
“The very comprehensive systems and procedures in place for quality assurance, self-evaluation and review which support continuous improvements to the quality of provision and outcomes for trainees on all programmes…”
“The high levels of commitment, enthusiasm and shared sense of ownership demonstrated across the partnership which is supported by excellent communications, positive relationships and high quality documentation.”
“There is a good balance between centre-based training and school-based training which enables trainees to link the theory and practice of teaching well.”
“Coherent, good quality training results in good levels of satisfaction from trainees. Trainees praised all aspects of the programme.”
“The quality of training and assessment is good. There is a particularly effective link between recruitment and selection, and training and assessment through the use of induction activities and the careful auditing of trainees’ subject knowledge.”
I would absolutely recommend the SCITT course at Titan Partnership Ltd.
After completing a Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham, I decided to become a secondary school teacher of Religious Education. Having spent much time in academic research, surrounded by scholarly books and papers, I grew tired of the abstract knowledge that comes from the library, and I was looking for an Initial Teacher Training course with a strong practical component, one that would allow me “to learn on the job” and be immersed in the actuality of school life.
Titan`s SCITT course in R.E answered my needs: it quenched my thirst for the “real thing”, giving me the opportunity to interact with students and teachers on a daily basis during two placements in inner-city schools in Birmingham. I much enjoyed these positive and rewarding experiences, and I really felt supported through the challenges of my initial professional development. Also, the group of trainees was quite small and allowed for the development of stimulating relationships with other people with similar experiences.
Thanks to the SCITT course at Titan, today I spend much of my time enjoying what I like to do.