Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers has adopted a collaborative and innovative approach to initial teacher training. In 1993 GASH formed a unique partnership with the University of Gloucestershire to create the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP). This provided a school based programme of teacher training with GASH undertaking to second serving teachers as subject leaders. In 1997 GASH formed a SCITT (school centred initial teacher training) with St Peter’s RC High School in Gloucester as the accredited school.
GITEP SCITT has grown and developed, particularly since the introduction of School Direct places in 2012. The SCITT was inspected by Ofsted in 2015 and judged outstanding.
For September 2018 GITEP SCITT has formed a new partnership with the University of Bristol. The GITEP SCITT programme will continue to be school led and based with the University of Bristol delivering the academic PGCE part of the programme. We are delighted to be the first SCITT to work with the University of Bristol.
GITEP SCITT works with several teaching school alliances to provide School Direct routes into teacher training. The following are lead schools recruiting for 2018/19:
- Balcarras School
- Pate’s Grammar School (Odyssey Teaching School Alliance)
- Marling School (Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance)
- The Cotswold School
- Wigmore School (Hereteach)
St Peter’s RC High School remains the accredited school but the SCITT is managed by a committee representing all schools in the county. Committee membership is currently: