Now in its 8th year, The Solent SCITT based at Park Community School has had its best recruitment cycle to date.
Ranging in age and experience, the student teachers have one thing in common – a desire to teach and inspire the next generation.
For some this has meant a continuation from a degree and for others a complete change of career.
David Lown enjoyed a distinguished career in Bio Medical Science before deciding to train to become a Biology teacher in 2018/19 and found the ‘hands on’ nature of the course hugely beneficial:
"Being able to undertake teacher training with the Solent SCITT offers a unique and safe environment to learn on the job.
“With students from a plethora of backgrounds, the Solent SCITT provides the ideal opportunity to train in different school placements, with taught aspects of the course provided in small, close-knit groups."
BA (Hons), PGCE: Park Community School
Phil is the Solent SCITT's training manager. Phil worked in the media for Sky and Agence France Presse (AFP) for over a decade as a lead journalist and editor in both England and Germany. Whilst working in the Spanish capital of Madrid, Phil moved into the Education sector, combining his passion for teaching, writing and advertising to help establish a successful teaching company in Spain. On returning to England, Phil has brought his skills into initial teacher training and is now the training manager at Park Community School working on teaching, community and media projects.
Cert Ed, AST
Gill is a very experienced Teacher of 42 years in the Secondary Sector. Initially trained as a PE Teacher in 1975, she has been Head of PE Department and has experience in teaching History and English and Performing Arts. She has qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher and an ITP /OTP facilitator. Her Training has included qualifications in Coaching and Teaching and Learning.
In the latter years, Gill has been involved in coaching teachers in schools that have 'Required Improvement' and for the last 3 years has been working with The Solent SCITT training the next generation of teachers.
BA (Hons), MA (Ed): Warblington School
Jackie is one of the Solent SCITT’s three coordinators with experience of initial teacher training. Jackie started her career as a fashion designer working in luxury menswear and then running her own design business. After having children, she decided to change career and teach design technology to inspire the next generation.
Whilst training to be a teacher, Jackie worked as a supply teacher in many Hampshire schools before taking on a full time role as a teacher of technology. She was recognised as an outstanding practitioner and quickly promoted to Head of Technology. Working alongside South Downs College, Jackie received national acclaim for her joint delivery of the Hospitality Diploma and presented at several conferences. Jackie worked as an Assistant Headteacher at Warblington School with responsibility for teaching and learning, continual professional learning and Performance Management. She has been instrumental in developing a whole school coaching ethos and the embedding of a Growth Mindset approach to teaching and learning. Jackie also offers consultancy work to other schools and is a qualified facilitator for the NPQML.