School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Overview

As a SCITT trainee you’ll spend the greatest proportion of your time in a school, teaching pupils and learning alongside expert practitioners.

You have to approach schools yourself in order to secure one who will act as your training base for the year, but this gives you the opportunity  to select from those schools familiar to you, close to where you live or where you already work.  You will also teach in a contrasting school, for a four-week placement, and undertake shorter placement visits to a range of schools and settings.

If you are a Secondary SCITT trainee, you will train in and across the 11-16 (with enhancement) age range. 

If you are Primary SCITT trainee, you will train in and across either the 3-7 or 5-11 age range.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above
  • A GCSE Science subject at Grade C or above if you want to be a primary school teacher
  • Proven subject knowledge in your specialist subject if you want to be a secondary school teacher
  • Successful completion of the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.  Click here to learn more.  Educate Teacher Training offer booster courses in numeracy and literacy to help you prepare.  Please find further details on our website.

If you don’t have the correct GCSE qualifications you can take our equivalence test. Click here to learn more.

If you are selected for teacher training and your qualifications are pending, Educate Teacher Training will make you a conditional offer.  All conditions must be met before you can formally begin the programme.

Benefits

As well as the excellent career outlook, there are several benefits of training through the SCITT route.  You can:

  • Influence the choice of your school and location
  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for £6,000
  • Have the option to also gain a PGCE, validated by Leeds Beckett University, for an additional £2,000 (this fee is not eligible for a student loan)
  • Be an outstanding trainee teacher through working and training alongside expert practitioners
  • Become a confident teacher, accustomed to the challenges of the classroom by the time you qualify

Applying

We currently have primary and secondary places available for a September 2016 start. Apply through UCAS, selecting Educate Teacher Training as your provider.

Our Subjects

This year we are pleased to offer:

    • Primary
    • Art & Design
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Dance
    • Design & Technology
    • Drama
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Maths
    • Modern Languages
    • Music
    • PE
    • Physics
    • RE

The endorsement of you from a base training school will be a condition of your offer.  In order to confirm your base training school as a member of our partnership, please contact us on 01476 512793 or e-mail itt@educate.co.uk requesting a Partnership Pack.  We will be happy to answer queries from potential schools if they have not worked with us before.

School Direct (Salaried)

Overview

The School Direct (Salaried) route is aimed at career changers. You’re employed by a school, and receive the salary of an unqualified teacher while you train.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree
  • Three years’ career experience
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above
  • A GCSE Science subject at Grade C or above if you want to be a primary school teacher
  • Proven subject knowledge in your specialist subject if you want to be a secondary school teacher
  • Successful completion of the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.  Click here to learn more.  Educate Teacher Training offer booster courses in numeracy and literacy to help you prepare. 

If you don’t have the correct GCSE qualifications you can take our equivalence test. Click here to learn more.

If you are selected for teacher training and your qualifications are pending, Educate Teacher Training will make you a conditional offer.  All conditions must be met before you can formally begin the programme.

Benefits

As well as an excellent career outlook, you’ll benefit from the following:

  • Be paid as an unqualified teacher while you train
  • Become an outstanding teacher working alongside expert practitioners
  • Be a confident teacher accustomed to the challenges of the classroom by the time you qualify
  • Have the option to gain a PGCE validated by Leeds Beckett University for an additional £2,000 (not eligible for a student loan)

Applying

The Lead Schools offering places for a September 2016 start are shown below.  Please note that you may be employed directly by a Lead School or by one of the schools within the School Direct consortium.

  • Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School, Leeds (Leeds/Bradford Consortium within the Noctua Teaching Alliance)
  • Stranton Primary School, Hartlepool
  • Dyke House Sports and Technology College, Hartlepool (within the Northern Education Trust)

Contact us on 01476 512793 for more information or email itt@educate.co.uk.

Apply for a School Direct (salaried) place through UCAS, selecting your choice of Lead School.

School Direct (Fee Paying)

Overview

For the School Direct (fee paying) route you apply to a lead school and train within a partnership of associated schools.

The fee for this course, leading to QTS, is £6,000.  UK and EU students are usually eligible for a student loan to cover the whole of this fee and may be eligible for a maintenance loan.  If you are offered a place, apply for your student loan through the Student Loans Company, selecting Educate Teacher Training as your provider.  Depending on the phase and/or subject you wish to teach, and your degree classification, you may also be eligible for a Government training bursary or scholarship.  This will be paid to you, in instalments, after you begin your course.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above
  • A GCSE Science subject at Grade C or above if you want to be a primary school teacher
  • Proven subject knowledge in your specialist subject if you want to be a secondary school teacher
  • Successful completion of the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.  Click here to learn more.  Educate Teacher Training offer booster courses in numeracy and literacy to help you prepare. 

If you don’t have the correct GCSE qualifications you can take our equivalence test. Click here to learn more.

If you are selected for teacher training and your qualifications are pending, Educate Teacher Training will make you a conditional offer.  All conditions must be met before you can formally begin the programme.

Applying

The Lead Schools for a September 2016 start are shown below.  Please be aware that you may train in a Lead School or in one of the associated consortium schools.

  • Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School, Leeds (Leeds/Bradford consortium within the Noctua Teaching Alliance)
  • Dyke House Sports and Technology College, Hartlepool: Primary and Secondary Art & Design and PE (within the Northern Education Trust)

Apply for a School Direct (fee paying) place through UCAS, selecting your choice of lead school.

Benefits

As well as an excellent career outlook, you’ll benefit from the following:

  • Become an outstanding teacher working alongside expert practitioners
  • Be a confident teacher accustomed to the challenges of the classroom by the time you qualify
  • Gain QTS for £6,000, which can be covered by a student loan
  • Have the option to gain a PGCE validated by Leeds Beckett University for an additional £2,000 (not eligible for a student loan)

 

Assessment Only Route

Are you currently employed as an unqualified teacher? Are you already observed teaching in your school and meet the Teachers’ Standards? Are you looking to gain QTS and progress your career? The Assessment Only Route is for people with considerable experience teaching in schools or educational settings, but without QTS.

How it Works

Achieving QTS by the Assessment Only Route takes no longer than one term. Candidates present a portfolio of evidence, drawn from their teaching, which is assessed against the QTS standards.

Candidates are observed teaching to ensure that the breadth and depth of their prior experience is apparent in their current impact on pupil progress.

The assessment costs £2,675 plus VAT.  A non-refundable deposit of £200 is required on attendance at interview.  There is no funding available for this route and so Candidates or their supporting school must meet the fee.

Requirements

  • Extensive, recent, relevant and successful teaching experience in at least two schools and within the age phase of 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary)
  • A minimum of three years’ teaching experience
  • A first degree
  • GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) at Grade C or above
  • GCSE Science (or equivalent) at Grade C or above for Primary Candidates
  • If you don’t have the correct GCSE qualifications you can take our equivalence test. Find out more here.
  • The professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.  Please click here for more information.
  • An enhanced DBS check for the child workforce, with a check of the children’s barred list

Benefits

The Assessment Only Route is invaluable for progressing your career. Numerous benefits include:

  • You’ll be formally qualified as a teacher within a short space of time
  • You’ll be assessed rather than undergo further training
  • You’ll be able to move up the pay scale
  • You’ll be able to work in maintained schools

Please note that you will be required to complete an NQT year after your QTS has been awarded.

Applying

Apply directly to Educate Teacher Training by downloading, completing and returning:

If selected, you will be invited to a formal interview and should be prepared to provide initial documentary evidence to show how you have met the Teachers’ Standards through the impact you have had on pupil progress and learning, in two schools and across two consecutive age ranges.

Please be aware that:

  • your prior teaching experience (i.e. not working in a support role) should total at least three years;
  • teaching in a school will not ‘count’ as one of these experiences unless it is at least one full term long (i.e. a minimum of 12 weeks);
  • you should have taught within either the 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary) age range;
  • if you teach in a Special School, your second experience should have been in a mainstream school;
  • if you teach in an Independent School, your second school experience should have been in a mainstream school;
  • references will be required from the Headteachers of both schools you have taught in, stating the age range of the pupils taught and the length of time spent teaching there, as well as the quality and impact of the teaching observed.

Find out more by reading our Assessment Only Guidance Handbook.

 

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Routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and How to Apply

We help you choose the school-led route that’s best for you

The government has prioritised school-led teacher training because it delivers such good outcomes.

There are three school-led ways you can train for Qualified Teacher Status: School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)School Direct (salaried) and School Direct (fee paying).

If you are a Secondary trainee, you will train in and across the 11-16 age range, with some enhancement in post-16.  QTS qualifies you to teach across the Secondary phase.

If you are Primary trainee, you will train in and across the 3-11 Primary phase, through Educate’s core 3-11 (Primary general) programme, but will be given the option to focus on either the 3-7, 3-9 or 5-11 age range, in accordance with NCTL training criteria.  QTS qualifies you to teach across the Primary phase.

If you already have substantial teaching experience and want to progress your career, you can receive QTS through the Assessment Only Route.

It’s not always obvious which is the best route for you. Our advisors are available to help – just email us on itt@educate.co.uk or give us a ring on 01476 512 793.

Read on to learn the differences between the routes.

Please be aware that you can only begin a Teacher Training course if you have passed the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy. Find out more about the tests here. We offer booster courses in numeracy and literacy to help you prepare.  Find out more here.