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Teach Independent

this is an Initial Teacher Training programme tailored to meet the needs of the Independent Sector, delivered and accredited by George Abbot SCITT

Teach Independent differs from a traditional QTS/PGCE course as it has been tailored to suit the needs of the Independent Sector.  The two year programme begins in the September of Year 1 when trainees begin teaching as unqualified teachers on an internal training programme arranged by their main placement (employing) school.  The QTS/PGCE course accredited by George Abbot SCITT begins in the June of Year 1, and concludes in the June of Year 2.



Benefits to the Trainee

  • Trainees can be fully integrated into the life of the main placement school during Year 1
  • Focus can be given to policies and procedures specific to the Independent Sector
  • Assignment deadlines are worked around holiday periods
  • Trainees are able to focus on the development of their teaching without the need to provide a portfolio of evidence of meeting the Teachers' Standards
  • Trainees are able to fully experience the profession before undertaking the professional qualification


Benefits to the School

  • Trainees may be assigned a 50%-90% teaching timetable
  • Trainees may be given full pastoral and co-curricular responsibilities
  • Focus can be given to policies and procedures specific to the Independent Sector
  • Minor placement takes place in the Summer Term when examination classes have left any may utilise the first few weeks of the Independent Sector summer holiday
  • Professional Studies Programme may run as a series of twilight sessions therefore reducing time away from school
  • Trainees embarking on the TI programme will have had a year of teaching experience and will therefore be making an informed decision about entering the profession
  • Schools have control over the content and delivery of the Year 1 programme and the support of a Lead School

  • The Programme


    • Initial Teacher Training year runs from June to June
    • Four week minor placement in maintained school in second half of summer term, followed by a 5 day consolidation placement at the end of the year - organised by George Abbot SCITT
    • 5 days experience in an SEN school
    • Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes for trainees usually run as a series of twilight sessions
    • £4,500 fee for QTS only and £5,750 for PGCE programme, validated by Kingston University