Initial Teacher Training Partnership Agreement
Overview of the Partnership Agreement
We believe that the best model for producing high quality teachers is based on working in partnership with schools. Our partnership agreement relies on the involvement of school based professionals in recruitment, training, design and quality assurance of the provision. A balance of academic study and practical placement experience is delivered on the programmes at Postgraduate level. School and educational settings play a major part in our Initial Teacher Training programmes by providing a range of assessed and non-assessed placements which enhance the Provision offered to our trainees. This, in turn, enriches the life of the schools participating in the partnership.
The continuing improvement of pupil progress and the well-being of children are at the heart of this Partnership, and inform all aspects of the training.
The Partnership has a commitment to ensuring trainees are well prepared so that they evolve into good and outstanding teachers. This outcome is achieved through the distinctive roles and responsibilities across the partnership in both schools and the SCITT. The close working relationship between the SCITT, Christ Church Canterbury University and schools provides an ideal environment for the exchange of ideas that informs practice across the partnership.
Our Partnership Vision:
putting children first, training excellent teachers.
Responsibilities of Participants in the Partnership
This Data sharing agreement defines the arrangements between the SCITT and placement settings providing placements for trainees.
Responsibilities for compliance with the agreement are as follows:
SCITT; Jo Palmer-Tweed, Executive Director
Placement Provider; Head teacher or Manager of setting
Purpose of data sharing
Trainee personal data is shared for the following purposes:
To comply with DfE requirements;
“Providers should have regard to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education, when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. They should ensure that all trainees have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks including a check of the children’s barred list.”
“Providers should confirm in writing to schools that a non-salaried trainee’s criminal record check, including a check of the children’s barred list, has been completed and that the individual has been judged by the provider to be suitable to work with children. Providers are not required to provide any information to schools in addition to this confirmation. Schools may wish to record this confirmation in their single central record, but they are not required to do so.”
“Where a school allows an individual to start work in regulated activity before the DBS certificate is available, then they should ensure that the individual is appropriately supervised and that all other checks, including a separate barred list check, have been completed.”
“To share information on trainee progress and performance against teaching standards whilst on placement to inform the award of Qualified Teacher Status.”
“To share information regarding a trainees declared disability and any specialist support required.”
ITT Criteria, DfE 2018.
Information to be shared:
- Trainee Name
- SCITT email
- Self-reported disability, learning difficulty, long term physical or mental health condition
- Trainee support plans
- Lesson Observations and trainee targets
- End of placement grades
Data transfer and Security:
Both the SCITT and schools will ensure that all personal data shared under this agreement will be kept secure and protected against unauthorised access, use or disclosure. If a school becomes aware of any potential data breach of security which involves data supplied by the SCITT, it must be raised with the SCITT DPO (firstname.lastname@example.org ) immediately.
Restrictions on the use of information:
The trainee personal data provided by the SCITT to schools shall only be used for the purposes set out in this agreement. Trainee personal data shall not be passed to any third party by the provider or placement provider unless permitted by Data Protection Legislation (GDPR)
Both parties are responsible for complying with Data Protection Legislation (GDPR), including ensuring that all staff who have access to trainee personal data are fully aware of the Data Protection principles.
Trainee Data Protection rights:
The SCITT and school are responsible for complying with the rights of trainees under applicable Data Protection Legislation (GDPR). This includes making a Privacy Notice available to trainees which sets out the legal basis on which their personal data is processed. Both parties must also have procedures in in place to respond to Subject Access Requests (requests by a trainee for a copy of information the SCITT or school holds on them).
Retention of Information:
Personal data must only be kept for the length of time necessary to perform the processing for which it was collected. This applies to both electronic and non-electronic personal data. The SCITT will ensure that retention policies are adopted to ensure that the trainee personal data specified in this agreement is destroyed once no longer needed. All trainee data must be handed back to the SCITT with any copies destroyed as soon as the trainee is no longer in your school. This policy will be reviewed annually.
Lead Schools Only – Data Processing and UCAS
Applicants to our course apply in one of two ways; either to a ‘core’ SCITT place or via one of the lead schools. When an application is made to a core place, the data controller is Essex & Thames Primary SCITT. When an application is made to a lead school, the data controller is the lead school. The lead school provides access to Essex and Thames Primary SCITT to the UCAS system to enable the SCITT administration team to download, process and progress applications on behalf of the lead school. At this point, the SCITT is the data processor, processing data on behalf of the lead school. Essex and Thames Primary SCITT adhere to the GDPR and will only process data for the purpose of reviewing, processing and progressing applications to the SCITT course and will not use this data for any other purpose; data is held securely in both physical (paper) format and on our G-Suite for Education system. Access to files is strictly controlled with security in place. The Privacy statement for Essex and Thames Primary SCITT can be found here, this explains how data is used at each stage of the application process, retention periods and legal basis for processing. Once an applicant accepts a place on the course, they are entered on to the DMS system, at this point the data controller becomes Essex and Thames Primary SCITT.
An appropriate partnership forum will be provided, drawn from Partnership schools and the SCITT, will offer guidance on policy and organisational matters with respect to Initial Teacher Training.
SCITT will nominate a Personal Tutor for each school and Regional Manager, with responsibility for promoting effective communication between Partners. The assessment of trainees and the recording and reporting of progress will employ the criteria and procedures, as described in the programme and school–based training handbooks.
Child Protection Regulations
The SCITT undertakes to apply the current arrangements involving monitoring and disclosure as specified in relevant ITT regulations as follows:
- All applicants begin the DBS application process as soon as they enter the SCITT admissions system
- The SCITT will make a judgement of the trainee’s suitability to begin work with children in Partnership Schools, based on trainee’s DBS disclosure certificate, in consultation with a school based colleagues as necessary.
- When the SCITT has a trainee teacher whose DBS check is not fully complete before a placement starts, the SCITT will ensure that a check of the Department for Education list of those barred from teaching and the Disclosure & Barring Service Children’s Barred List takes place. Trainees in this position will be notified to the school, so that the school can ensure that the trainee is appropriately supervised.
- There is no requirement for trainees to take their DBS certificates to school as the SCITT is responsible for processing their DBS. Schools will be provided with trainees’ DBS numbers and the date the checks took place. Schools should not ask trainees to additionally provide sight of DBS disclosure forms as this does not fit within the statutory guidance.
- For each trainee, the SCITT will undertake to provide insurance cover in respect of personal injury or loss (or injury to a third party) and will inform schools of the nature of that cover (which will normally extend to day-to-day classroom practice only).
- A partner school may choose to extend its cover to include the trainee. In accordance with current requirements and legislation a partner school must extend its cover to include a trainee if (s)he is engaged in visits or similar extra-curricular activities involving pupils.
School / Setting Selection Criteria
The Partnership Agreement aspires to support trainees on a journey to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Schools are selected on their willingness to work together with the SCITT for continuous improvement of the quality of training.
All schools should provide mentors who are willing to engage with SCITT mentor development training and quality assurance processes in line with National Mentor Standards (2016). Selection of mentors is based on full QTS awarded status and experience of working collaboratively to improve professional development in teaching and learning. All trainee placements will ensure that Equality characteristics are upheld.
QTS ITT guidance criteria are utilised to ensure that appropriate age and phase requirements can be achieved with each group/class of children selected for trainees to work with. Ongoing Quality Assurance processes monitor and encourage further professional development wherever possible
It is rare that circumstances arise when a school or setting will be de-selected and de-selection will only take place when agreed by the majority of the members of The Headteachers’ Executive Committee.
Schools may be deselected from the partnership if the school has breached the agreed aims and values of the partnership (as detailed in its policies and vision documents) or the school has reneged on the agreement as detailed in this partnership document. Included in this are expectations that schools will behave in a way which ethically befits the profession as a whole.
Should a school be deselected, the SCITT will continue to work with the school to assess how re-selection can be supported and provide appropriate guidance and training.
If, following an Ofsted inspection, a school or nursery is placed in Category 4, the school should contact the SCITT as soon as possible after they receive notification of the grading. A capacity assessment will be undertaken immediately and any trainees on school based training needing to be removed from the school will be assigned to an alternative placement.
If any quality assurance assessments provide clear evidence that school based training is inadequate, the SCITT will provide extra support. This may take the form of bespoke mentor training and detailed monitoring of the provision. However, if the SCITT cannot evidence that school based training is improving then the school will be deselected.
for QTS (must have
been teaching 2yrs+)
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Would your school or MAT be interested in becoming an ITT partner?
Everything we do at Essex and Thames is focussed on providing the best training for new teachers and by putting children at the heart of what we do. If you think that your school or MAT would like to be part of this vision, then we are always interested in having those conversations. In the first instance, please email our office administrator Saffron Lowrie making clear what your email is about, and that you would like your email to be forwarded to our Executive Director Jo Palmer-Tweed.
Saffron Lowrie: email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!