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On Friday 7th February, a group of students and staff went to Coombeshead school in Newton Abbot to present Sands School at the SCITT* training session for student teachers.

We were presenting alongside representatives from Bidwell Brook pupil referral unit and Ivybridge Community College, so it was interesting for the trainees to see some see some very different approaches to education.

We started out by introducing ourselves individually, and very briefly explaining how we each came to Sands, and then we presented a mock School Meeting to demonstrate how discussions evolve and decisions are made in our school. The trainees embraced our demonstration enthusiastically, and, judging by the questions they asked, seemed to have been given some food for thought about how different things might be from the corporate message being put out by some of the other schools they have experienced.

“I enjoyed leqrning about the amount of effort people put in to giving someone an education”. Fin

“I liked the fact that the trainee teachers were interested in Sands and played along with students for the School Meeting role-play. It was really interesting to learn about the differences between traditional and democratic education”. Zak

We would like, as a school, to express our gratitude to Kelly and the other SCITT organisers for inviting us, and to Kai’a, Ilana, Paulo, Zak, Fin, Katie and Martin for representing us so positively.


*SCITT is School Centered Initial Teacher Training and is a route into teaching where most of the training is done through practice in schools. For more information see Devon SCITT