What do former trainees say about us?

Former Trainees Views


DPSCITT is truly fantastic because of the course leaders, tutors and committed partnership schools which form an incredibly supportive network. As a trainee they ensure you are developed to your full potential and assist you to complete the course, successfully obtain a job and then they continue to develop you within your role.

My placements in two fantastic schools enabled me to be prepared for my own class and a permanent position in an outstanding school. Since then I have taken on art leadership responsibilities, completed the RQTL (recently qualified teachers in leadership) course which DPSCITT runs and have recently being appointed an Assistant Head.



The DPSCITT course has been carefully crafted to provide a trainee teacher with all of the tools required to become a successful teacher. When I started my first day as a 'real' teacher, I had so much to draw on and felt really prepared for that moment when the children walked through the door.

The calendar is busy but the entire training program is so well organised and carefully thought out that you know that each day or training task is intended to have a specific impact on your development at that very moment. The training days enabled us to not only gain so much knowledge of how and what to teach, but there was a huge emphasis on reflection and discussion about the experiences we had had in school. This allowed me to not only gain knowledge through my own experiences, but through those of my fellow trainees too.

Now in my second year of teaching, in a partnership school, I still feel a real connection to DPSCITT and have regular contact with many of my course peers. The course gave me the confidence to take on extra responsibility - I became the PE Coordinator during my NQT year and am now the Maths Coordinator.

DPSCITT will challenge you but it will give you the best platform on which to base the rest of your career.


As a DPSCITT trainee you become part of a very close knit cohort, supporting each other through a challenging, inspiring and incredibly rewarding year. Lead by highly experienced tutors who strive for the best in every trainee, it is a thorough course which is hugely respected throughout Devon and beyond.

Being based in school for the majority of time, and having regular sessions with school based tutors who encouraged me to scrutinise and reflect on every aspect of my teaching has lead me to being a confident and meticulous teacher.
I was supported every step of the way and coached through any challenges I experienced.

I was accepted on to the SEND placement and, together with specialised training days, the time immersed in the SEN placement gave me the skills required to be a special needs teacher. Alongside this, having placements in both key stages gave me a wealth of experience, which has given me the confidence to teach any age and any subject.

I was subsequently offered a job in SEND, and haven't looked back since – I would wholeheartedly recommend DPSCITT to any aspiring teachers.