SCITT for Modern Foreign Languages

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Do you have a passion and talent for languages?

Would you like to inspire the next generation of language learners?

Are you interested in becoming a teacher?

A qualification in teaching Modern Foreign Languages opens the door to teaching careers in the state sector, independent schools and voluntary roles. Both within the UK and internationally, the opportunities are boundless. MAIRE-LAURE DELVALLÉE, DIRECTOR OF SCITT, ST EDWARD’S SCHOOL


School Centred Initial Teacher Training for Modern Foreign Languages at St Edward’s School, Oxford St Edward’s School is a centre for the government-funded School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) scheme. SCITT is a one-year training course offering graduates a blend of academic training and school placements as a route to qualified teaching status (QTS) and a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE). The scheme is sponsored by the Department for Education and run in local hubs around the country. St Edwards is delighted to have become a hub for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher training in Oxford and the surrounding area.


What to expect as a SCITT trainee at St Edward’s

• A one-year teaching course delivered in collaboration with Sheffield Teaching School Alliance • A PGCE course delivered by Sheffield Hallam University • 11 dedicated training days, delivered by experienced and highly skilled language teachers and PGCE tutors, spread across the academic year • Placements in two schools, at least one in the state sector

• A dedicated specialist mentor for the duration of the training • Regular lesson observations and feedback • Support with the next stage of your teaching career


Who should apply? We welcome applications from both new graduates and those interested in a change of career. Trainees need: • a good honours degree in languages (or a recognised equivalent) • a high level of fluency in French, German or Spanish (a second language is an advantage) • a keen interest in pursuing a teaching career.

Taster day: 30th November 10am-1pm Come to our taster event to find out more about the SCITT programme and the hub. Meet the hub leaders and some mentors. There will also be the opportunity to observe part of a lesson and see teachers in action. Sign up for the taster day here. If you would like more details, please contact: Marie-Laure Delvallée, Director of SCITT

Find out more

You can find out more about SCITT from these sources: Information about how the course works: Course outline: National Modern Languages Information about the application process: Apply: National Modern Languages Information about fees and funding: National Modern Languages


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Dear Applicant , Thank you for considering St Edward’s as the place to start your career in teaching. Back in 2005, I was lucky enough to train as one of the first participants on the Teach First programme. When I joined, the scheme was less than two years’ old and no trainees had yet completed the two-year programme. Training ‘on the job’ suited me perfectly. Every day had its fair share of triumphs and disasters, but the thing I remember the most was the camaraderie of the teachers’ Common Room and the brilliant mentoring that I received. Fast forward more than 15 years and I am delighted that St Edward’s is offering a similar opportunity to you. I have worked with

SCITT trainees at close quarters in South London for the last five years, marvelling at the energy and fresh approaches that they have bought to the classrooms. The scheme is a fantastic example of partnership at its best: between the government visionaries and grassroots teachers, between the state and independent sectors and between different St Edward’s is a remarkable place to learn your craft. I hope that, as you read on, you will be inspired to come to learn here too. DAVID FLOWER, SUB WARDEN (DEPUTY HEAD) ACADEMIC parts of the country, even the world. Teaching is very much a vocation and

Our vision is for a fully co-educational school, taking full advantage of its location in Oxford, to which access

is broad and balanced, in which staff and pupils together make up a diverse and mutually supportive community of learners, in which pupils develop self-agency through opportunity, in which there is a culture of service, from which pupils graduate with values for life and skills for the 21st century, and in which the estate and all operational structures facilitate sustainable excellence. ALASTAIR CHIRNSIDE, WARDEN


St Edward’s in Oxford Founded in 1863 as a school in the centre of Oxford, St Edward’s moved to its current 100-acre site in 1873 – a rich and tranquil green space just ten minutes by bike or bus from the heart of Oxford.

While St Edward’s was built on open fields and retains a calm and countryside feel, it now forms part of North Oxford’s fashionable Summertown, our local area where pupils and staff alike can enjoy the many cafés and independent shops, and benefit from the convenience of nearby supermarkets. The School’s location at the heart of one of the most academically and culturally rich cities in the world is a significant bonus. So, too, is the beautiful countryside moments away. From riverside walks by our boat house to rambles in the Chilterns and Cotswolds, just a short train or car ride away, there are endless places to go to find tranquillity in nature and many country pubs to refresh you on the way! St Edward’s location in Oxford also means there is a wealth of transport links to London. We are an hour’s drive from 11 counties and two international airports, including Heathrow.

The School is built around a huge Victorian quad, recently modernised with our award-winning Christie Academic Centre and the Olivier Hall. The North Wall Arts Centre, a performing arts centre owned by the School and shared with the city, provides a professional theatre venue for school performances, a public gallery for exhibitions and a place where the whole community can enjoy a variety of shows throughout the year. In addition, we have the high-specification Ogston Music School, a fully equipped sports centre, a riverside boat house, numerous pitches and courts, a golf course and a canal-side towpath.


Why do SCITT at St Edward’s

Our Values St Edward’s was founded on Christian principles, which continue to provide the foundation for our values and which, through Chapel, remain central to the life of the School. Integrity: the value of honesty to ourselves and to each other • we seek to earn and to deserve the trust of others, by acting rightly and justly; • we take responsibility for our words and actions; • we acknowledge our mistakes and we learn from them; Kindness: the value of love • we feel and show compassion for others, always listening and seeking always to understand; • we value, respect and include others without regard for differences; • we treat others as we would have them treat us; Courage: truthfulness to our values at the testing point • we stand up for what we believe to be right, speaking up for ourselves and for others; • we seek to bring out the best in others; • we persevere with resilience, with forgiveness and with patience.

• St Edward is an exciting place to be with a welcoming atmosphere – we are fully co-ed and have been for 25 years. We have nearly 800 pupils, representing countries from all over the world; we have over 120 teaching staff, our facilities are exceptional and we pride ourselves on having a great community • We strive for both academic innovation and rigour, with staff-led forums to share teaching ideas and best practice • Our recently built academic centre houses collaborative spaces for discussion and learning, a university-style reading room, a traditional library and a café for sharing ideas and relaxing • As a boarding school, we run a full programme of academic, cultural and society events open to all of our community, in the evenings and at weekends during term time • Opportunities at our partner schools provide a wide range of experiences for trainees • Inclusion is a fundamental part of the ethos of St Edward’s where all people are valued and diversity is celebrated


What is SCITT really like? Luciano Rudolf teacher of German at St Edward’s reflects on his SCITT experience: What were you doing before starting SCITT? I was working as a German Language Assistant at the Whitgift School in South London. Whilst there I also While offering a very rich academic course and the prospect of gaining a PGCE, it also gives trainee teachers the chance to teach in schools from the very beginning. It is this amalgam of practice and theory which I found very appealing. What did you enjoy most about it? I probably most enjoyed the training days in my hub school, where all the SCITT trainee teachers in the area gathered every fortnight. This gave us the chance to share experiences and ideas, make connections and support each other. What were the challenges and how were you supported through those? It certainly required a lot of resources to teach and be present in school practically every weekday, while at the same time also doing a lot of reading and academic research. One shouldn’t forget that teaching is a very demanding profession and beginnings can often be hard. Saying that, the support that I received from my mentor, my hub leader and the people at Sheffield Hallam School Alliance were simply amazing. I couldn’t have asked for more. did my teacher training with the SCITT. Why did you choose the SCITT?

Modern Foreign Languages at St Edward’s

Main languages French, Spanish, German All pupils take at least one language to GCSE Italian is taught in the

Sixth Form, as an option at IB Team of 13 language teachers and four language assistants from around the world SCITT is delivered by linguists for linguists

Safeguarding at St Edward’s St Edward’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we aim to create and maintain a safe environment for our pupils, where they feel respected and supported. We expect all our community to share this commitment and to become familiar with our policies and procedures for child protection and security. It is a requirement of the Children Act and Care Standards Regulations that all SCITT trainees at the School must receive enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Where has it led you and what opportunities did it open up?

As luck would have it, it led me straight to St Edward’s where I’m employed as

a German teacher. Looking back now,

I’m very happy to have pursued this path and feel that the knowledge and skills that I acquired during my SCITT have served me really well.

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In the Sixth form around 90% of grades were at the top end St Edward’s has a strong academic culture and an ambition to bring the most talented teachers to the School, to inspire and motivate our pupils. Our latest exam results, the best in the School’s history, underline the progress we are making in this area. At A level, 83% were A* to B, at IB 94% were 7-5 at the higher level, at GCSE nearly two thirds of grades were 9-7. The Christie Centre, our new and award-winning academic building, promotes new ways of learning through collaboration and Harkness classrooms. It also houses the Oxley Library, a modern research hub with a university-style reading room as well as a more traditional library. On the ground floor, an open-plan workspace and café for the Sixth Form encourages informal collaboration and has space for independent working. We promote choice for our students in all areas of the school. In the Sixth Form, we offer the International Baccalaureate as well as A Levels, and in the Fourth and the Fifth Forms (Years 10 and 11) pupils have the option to take one or two of our own bespoke and accredited Pathways and Perspectives courses to complement GCSE subjects. We have also recently added Greek, Computer Science and Textiles to the range of subjects offered within the timetable at GCSE. For A Level, we have recently added Computer Science, Psychology and Politics to the curriculum. For pupils taking the IB, Dance is now an option. Our Oxford Days allow our pupils and staff to benefit from the wealth of academic and cultural opportunities in the city, through attending lectures, concerts, exhibitions and galleries. Our Oxford Lectures reciprocally bring into the School our local world-class academic voices to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with pupils, staff and parents. In the most recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, St Edward’s was rated excellent for pupils’ achievement, academically and more generally, and for their personal development. We want our pupils to leave school with a life-long love of learning and we want to nurture the same passion in our staff. All academic departments run a programme of seminars to inspire not only the pupils but also staff by furthering and deepening their subject knowledge. A * -B IB 7-5

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15 main team sports

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DANCE Around 200 pupils take dance 20 % are boys 12 teachers purpose- built studio 100 classes a term

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Pastoral and co-curricular • Boarding Houses • Creative Arts • Sport

Academic life • Academic departments • Library • Societies

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Community at St Edward’s

Pupils have an excellent attitude to their learning INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE

St Edward’s is rightly known for the friendliness of the community and the warm welcome extended to new members joining it. All of our community are invited to attend our vast array of academic and cultural events throughout the year, such as academic talks, musical performances, dance shows and theatre productions.

In addition to joining in with the many areas of school life, there are several social events to join in with and bring family along to. These include welcome evenings, Fireworks Night, the Carol Concert, the St Edward’s Staff Children’s Christmas Party and our summer bouncy castle event for the children of staff. There is also a thriving academic staff Common Room, welcoming and supporting teachers new to St Edward’s, many of them new to the profession too, and hosting many social events throughout the year. SCITT trainees will be welcomed to the Common Room from the start of the course.


Volunteering and charity work Service is a core part of the education at St Edward’s. Our Beyond Teddies team facilitates pupil engagement with our local community – enabling volunteering in local schools, care homes, food banks, refugee charities and many other local charities. Every pupil in the Lower Sixth, for example, takes part in Teddies Collaborates, spending 90 minutes within the timetable every week engaged in partnership work. We encourage all members of our community to join in our diverse and rewarding range of opportunities too, as well as to raise money for the School’s chosen charity (Asylum Welcome in 2022) through school-organised events and independently.

There is a tangible sense of enjoyment and satisfaction. INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE

Chapel The School was founded in the Christian tradition and Chapel continues to play a key role in the life of the School. We welcome staff and pupils from all faiths and none. The Chaplain is an important member of the pastoral team and looks out for students and staff alike. There are wonderful services throughout the year, where we celebrate as a community.


What are boarding schools like? Boarding schools are exciting and absorbing working environments, and that is what attracts many people to work in them – the huge satisfaction of working closely with enthusiastic and talented children to achieve amazing results. In 2021/22, as well as our brilliant exam results, we ran a full and exciting co-curricular programme. Every year, this programme culminates in our Gaudy week celebration. During the seven days of Gaudy 2022 there were 16 trips, 27 workshops, 21 fixtures, 112 rehearsals, seven concerts, 13 drama performances, four exhibitions and two Dance Shows. Our performances of music, dance and theatre would not be out of place in the West End, and they take place in professional and commercial venues; our highly talented sports teams compete and succeed nationally and internationally. To achieve this is a huge community effort which involves all staff supporting each other and our pupils. All academic staff who work fulltime contribute beyond the classroom - in running the School, in the co-curricular programme and in providing pastoral care for our pupils. At St Edward’s, we recognise that the intensity that this brings to term-time needs to be balanced with rest, and the School actively discourages non-essential work during the Leave Weekends and school holidays for staff who work term-time. Although SCITT trainees will not be expected to participate in the co-curricular programme, there may be opportunities to be involved should you want to be.

I love seeing pupils taking the lead in sharing their wellbeing thoughts

and supporting younger pupils. VIRGINIA MACGREGOR, DIRECTOR OF WELLBEING


Wellbeing St Edward’s recognises that employee and pupil happiness is core to the success of the School. It is for that reason that we have recently appointed a Director of Wellbeing whose responsibilities extend beyond the pupils to all employees. Her remit includes school ethos, ways of working and support structures for pupils and staff – with a view to ensuring that working at St Edward’s positively enhances the lives of all its community. It is a very social place, hard work and successes are recognised and celebrated. I feel valued, I feel we all share the same vision of the school’s direction. The pupils in our care are happy, and as a member of staff I feel supported by my colleagues. STAFF SURVEY 2022


Leading the way in

educational initiatives is instinctive for this dynamic Oxford school. TATLER SCHOOLS GUIDE


Future careers at St Edward’s At St Edward’s, we are always looking for talented people from all backgrounds with a wide variety of skills, interests and opinions to join us. We are committed to the professional development of all staff and seek to encourage ambition and career progression. We are proud of our high rate of internal promotions and equally proud of the people who springboard from St Edward’s to senior roles in the sector. In the last two years two senior staff members have been appointed to headship and another has become a Deputy Head in another school. Those achievements attest to the high quality of our staff and the development opportunities at St Edward’s. Training is run onsite and externally, and staff are encouraged to take the initiative in progressing their careers. From NVQs to doctorates, grants and support are available for staff wishing to undertake relevant studies and to enhance their knowledge and their CVs. In addition, there are forums initiated and run by staff for sharing best practice in teaching and learning, for sharing academic research and for generating new ideas. We also know that a complete break from teaching can hugely refresh teachers and we have established policies for sabbaticals, exchanges and leaves of absence, allowing staff to take time away from the School in term-time to re-kindle their love of their subjects and to return with renewed enthusiasm and inspiration for our pupils.


I really like my team. I feel really

well supported by my line manager. I feel like I am well supported to develop my role and that I have a purpose within the organisation. My job really interests me. I feel very lucky. STAFF SURVEY 2022

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