Our bespoke training focuses on developing and nurturing creative teachers who inspire young learners.

The North West SCITT programme is focused on producing highly effective, fully qualified teachers. Our year-long innovative school-led model will give you the skills and experience needed to find a teaching position in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 or specialist provision for children with SEN/D.

Through our excellent partnership with 36 schools across the North West region, we're able to provide students with effective mentorship and real world experience that translates into real success.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between SCITT and a PGCE?

Unlike a PGCE, SCITT offers students a more hands on approach to training and obtaining the necessary skills to teach, with the emphasis being on gaining real world, practical experience through school centred, real classroom training.

The majority of your time is spent in school, training on the job. Upon successful completion, you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), just like on a PGCE; the qualification required to teach in England and Wales.

What are the entry requirements?

What are the Academic Entry Requirements?

GCSE – Standard equivalent to grade 4 (C) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. Alternatively, an Equivalency from a recognised HEI for entry to ITT.
Note – Key and Functional skills at Level 2 are not equivalent to GCSEs

Degree – A first degree from a UK Higher Education institution. The first degree can be classification of first, 2:1, 2:2 or a degree comprising of 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF.  For those who wish to be considered for a PGCE, you must hold a first or 2:1 in a National Curriculum subject, and for SEN with PGCE you must hold a first or 2:1 in a SEND related subject.

What are the Professional Entry Requirements?

All successful candidates are required to meet the following conditions of offer by the programme start date:

  • Clear Disclosure and Barrring Service (DBS)  criminal records check including children’s barred list information;
  • Clear Prohibition order check;
  • Clear Health and physical capacity to train to teach through an external occupational health check;
  • Clear criminal record checks for overseas applicants;
  • Clear criminal records checks for applicants who have lived or worked abroad 3 months or more in the last 10 years;
  • 2 Professional references.

Applicants with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs:

We comply with equality legislation and ensure that the interview procedures promote equality of opportunity and avoid discrimination.

Applicants with disabilities are under no obligation to disclose their disabilities. However, where information is provided we can make adjustments to promote equality of access for disabled applicants.

What will I study?

Your study will focus on exploring how children learn; planning teaching and assessment strategies; national statutory frameworks, for example Primary National Curriculum (and EYFS for those on the Early Years/Primary route) and theories in relation to behaviour for learning.

You will be trained in how subjects are taught in schools, how teachers monitor progress and outcomes across Key Stages, effective use of computing in classrooms and using the environment to inspire and challenge children.

We will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of how to meet the needs of all children, including those with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), EAL (English as an Additional Language), challenging behaviours, children from minority ethnic backgrounds, children with disabilities as well as children who are able and talented.

How will I study?

We will identify your strengths and areas for development, which will form the basis of your Individual Training Plan.

You will attend regular training seminars which are delivered by experts and undertake considerable personal research with specific reference to your particular professional training placement.

How many placements are there?

You will complete two professional placements in at least two contrasting schools, allowing you to gain long term teaching experience in each of the two identified key stages.

Further opportunities will be provided for you to gain invaluable experience in special educational needs schools, schools with a high percentage of children with EAL and in children’s centres.

During the year our students also visit Priestmead and Harrow Teaching School Alliance in London, where they are accommodated within schools with a high percentage of EAL (English as an Additional Language) children.  This gives them the opportunity to gain invaluable and enhanced EAL training experience.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in an ongoing manner in a number of ways including:

  • Regular formative observations of teaching, learning and assessments
  • Milestones and progress review at Training Placement 1 and Training Placement 2
  • Submission of documentary evidence of meeting each Teachers’ Standard across two different age phases
  • Successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Audit and personalised subject knowledge tasks and activities

What qualifications do I gain?

On successful completion of the programme you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to to take up a teaching post in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.

For the Primary route your training age phase will be 5-11.

For the Early Years/Primary route your training age phase will be 3-8.

How do I apply?

Applications are made through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Recruitment begins in October and continues until all places are filled. If you need any help regarding your application, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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