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SCITT at The Deepings School receives ‘good’ Ofsted report

A school’s teacher training program has been recognized as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Following an inspection of school-centered initial teacher training (SCITT) at The Deepings School in January, it received an overall effectiveness judgment of ‘good’ for both the quality of education and training, and leadership and management.

Lead inspector, Chris Stevens, described the school as ‘a highly valued provider in South Lincolnshire’.

The Deepings School teachers in training with pupils. Photo: David Pearson

SCITT director, Nikki Benjamin, has led the teacher training provision at The Deepings School from the beginning.

She said: “Training programs are ambitious and well sequenced.

“Particularly pleasing is that the close-knit nature of the SCITT was highlighted in comments such as, ‘supportive relationships between staff and trainees… like family’.”

Nikki was keen to stress the national teacher recruitment picture becomes more of a challenge every year.

In England, there are now 15,000 fewer teachers than there were in 2010, and by 2024, there will be a projected 47,000 shortfall.

Richard Lord, headteacher at the Deepings School, added: “This judgment is a testament to the hard work of Nikki and her team and is great news for our school community.

“The recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers is a priority in schools across the country and the SCITT provides us with excellent support in this area, so this is great news for our students.”


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