Policies And Support

The YTCA SCITT has a commitment to equality of opportunity for all, and welcomes candidates from diverse ethnic backgrounds regardless of age, gender, disability, religious or social contexts.

We seek to challenge racism, sexism, ageism or homophobia and to remove obstacles facing people with disabilities or from particular socio-economic backgrounds. It is required of everyone in our partnership to reflect these values at all times.

General Data Protection Requirements

The YTCA SCITT is committed to respecting your privacy rights and keeping your data secure. We pledge to handle your data securely, fairly and legally at all times. We are also dedicated to being transparent about the data that we collect about you and how we use it.

To find our more information please view the following Privacy Notice documents (available to view on request):

  • Applicants
  • SCITT Trainees and Assessment Only Route Candidates
  • Partner Schools
  • Other Stakeholders

Other Policies

All our other policies comply with placement school regulations and can also be viewed on request:

  • Assessment policy including both practice and academic
  • Complaints and Appeals policy
  • Learner agreement
  • Disciplinary policy
  • Internet
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Personal extenuating circumstances policy
  • Attendance policy
  • Withdrawals Policy
  • Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Safeguarding
  • Quality Assurance Policy

Disability Access

In the past we have worked successfully with many trainees with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD, as well as those with physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

If you have special needs you wish to discuss with us prior to interview, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met.

Public Transport

If you do not have your own transport, we will ensure that you are placed in a school with strong public transport links. Relationships between trainees are built quickly and many support each other with lifts to Hub Day sessions. You will be responsible for the cost of the transport to your placement, PGCE days and to Hub Days.

Obtaining Your First Teaching Post

During the first term of your training year there will be the opportunity to learn about applications and interviews through workshops where you will practise completing an application and writing a personal statement, and mock interview sessions with senior leaders.
We also offer 1:1 appointments to advise on applications, interviews and recruitment.

Trainee Placements

We work closely with our partnership schools and try to place trainees either in a school with another trainee, or in a school close by so they can support one another and share ideas. On Hub Days trainees meet up as a group and can share their classroom experiences and offer subject knowledge support to one another.

Each trainee is treated as an individual and the course is tailor-made to meet and support individual needs.

Study Facilities

Trainees study together in pleasant surroundings. Some sessions are held in schools but most of our Hub Days are held in the Training and Conference Centre. Wi-Fi is available with an online area enabling access to training notes and documentation.

Trainees completing the PGCE will also have access to Sheffield Hallam University facilities including their library service to support with academic research.

Pastoral Support

We offer various forms of pastoral support for trainees:

  • At the start of the course there will be a workshop looking at how to maintain well-being and build resilience as a trainee;
  • Placement school mentors have responsibility for ensuring the welfare of trainees placed with them;
  • Each trainee will also have a designated member of the YTCA SCITT team to support their well-being during the course. This will take the form of half-termly meetings and can also include additional support where required;
  • Each trainee is assigned a buddy.