Welcome from the Head of ITE
The Future Institute of Education sets a new standard in school-based teacher training, CPD and school-to-school support. We are part of Future Academies a family of two secondary and three primary schools in South Westminster and Shepherd’s Bush and despite our seemingly exclusive postcodes, we serve communities that are amongst the most deprived in the country. Nonetheless, we have the highest expectations of our students and what they can achieve, and we are committed to providing them with a rigorous education in a well-disciplined but caring environment that will help them to compete on a level playing field with their more advantaged peers.
We are based at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Pimlico Schools, and all training sessions will be delivered at this main site. However, the SCITT draws together a network of like-minded schools, all within central London or the surrounding area, where your teaching placement will take place.
A Pioneering Curriculum
Future Academies has undertaken a pioneering initiative to develop a knowledge-rich approach to teaching and learning, initially inspired by the impact on attainment of E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Curriculum in America. Our resulting curriculum has transformed what is taught at Key Stage 3, in all subjects, as well as teachers' approaches to teaching it. Our curriculum has attracted national attention and has led to Future Academies’ sponsors founding The Curriculum Centre to share the benefits of our curriculum, its associated pedagogy and underlying principles, with other schools. Several members of the team that led the development of our curriculum have served as advisors to the Department for Education on the reform of the National Curriculum, the review of teaching standards, and the Early Years Educator criteria.
Future Academies’ schools are also setting new standards in knowledge-led assessment. What distinguishes our approach is that we measure pupil progress not with generic levels, but by evaluating what pupils know and can do, as well as their conceptual understanding.
We are proud to represent the growing success of School-Centred Initial Teacher Training and the valuable contribution this has made to our profession. We know that highly knowledgeable and skilled teachers make the biggest impact on pupil outcomes and we are committed to continuously developing teachers’ subject knowledge and pedagogy. We maintain great links with our alumni, who keep us informed of their progress as they become the leaders of curriculum and pastoral education in their new schools.