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Core SCITT - Secondary

Core SCITT is an entirely school-based course providing practical training underpinned by theoretical Professional  Studies sessions leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the option to achieve a Masters level PGCE.

The course is full time over 36 weeks (term time only), and begins with a week-long induction period in early September where you will have the opportunity to meet fellow trainees and members of the SCITT management team. 


Please be aware it is a condition of entry that you spend at least one day in your main placement school prior to starting the course. The date is arranged at a mutually convenient time, but traditionally takes place in June.


In addition, all trainees will be invited to attend a one day pre-course induction at George Abbot School in July. 


The programme consists of four inter-related elements which are designed to intellectually challenge and engage trainees in pedagogic theory and practice and develop creative, innovative and reflective practitioners.


1. Mentored Experience in Schools


The course focuses on practical classroom management and trainees will have a phased introduction to small group teaching, part-lesson teaching and then full lesson teaching.

This is all under the supervision of a Subject Mentor who is responsible for supporting the development of the trainee across all eight Teacher Standards’.


Structured mentoring is at the heart of school centred initial teacher training. The role of subject mentor is multi-faceted: coach, role model, trainer, critical friend, reflective practitioner, counsellor, assessor, target setter, encourager and supporter. 


2. Professional Studies


Professional Studies take place once a week and are designed to support practical learning, trainees’ active participation and collaboration are encouraged. Our programme offers training across a wide range of topics linked to the progressive increase in trainees classroom practice. Sessions include:

  • presentations delivered by experts in various areas of professional teaching practice;

  • developing professional learning and practice in schools;

  • group activities such as presentations;

  • group discussion, role play and collaborative working;

  • workshops;

  • visits to various educational settings;

  • blended learning employing electronic resources; and

  • observation of teachers’ practice.

These sessions provide an induction into the major dimensions of the education debate and foster a whole-school/whole curriculum perspective on the role of the teacher. The majority of Professional Studies will take place at George Abbot School but trainees will also visit a variety of different educational contexts as part of the programme. 


3. Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy


This is co-ordinated by a Lead Subject Mentor. Sessions are led by expert practitioners and may include workshops, seminars and practical work in order to develop the knowledge, concepts and skills of the subject. 


4. Written Assignments


For trainees following the PGCE route, you will complete 4 Masters level written assignments across the year which will set and marked by Kingston University to meet requirements for the award of the PGCE and will be linked to your practical training in the classroom. Trainees following the QTS only route will complete 4 written assignments on similar topics to those of the PGCE but these are not expected to be Masters level and are marked in house.


Alternative Educational Settings


In addition to the four elements above all trainees are also given the opportunity to experience alternative educational settings:


  • A 6 week second placement

  • Experience with pupils with challenging behaviour

  • Experience with pupils for whom English is not their first language

  • Experience in a special school with the option of an extended placement focusing on pupils with

  • Special Education Needs.

  • A Key Stage 2 primary experience and a short Sixth Form placement (for secondary trainees)

What qualification does this course lead to? 


You will be awarded QTS on successful completion of the course and we offer the option to study for a masters PGCE awarded by Kingston University.   


How much will it cost?


Tuition fees for School Direct Unsalaried places have been confirmed for 2015/16 as £7,500 for QTS only and £9,000 for trainees that opt to follow the PGCE route.  


Is there any financial support available? 


To see what funding you might be entitled to, please visit the fees and financial support pages of this site >>>



Will I be employed at the end of the programme?


As part of the Core SCITT Programme, there is no guarantee of employment at the end of the training year.  However we have an excellent employment history with 100% of our trainees wishing to pursue a teaching career leaving the programme with a job offer.


Entry Criteria, How to Apply and the Selection Process >>>