Initial Teacher Training

There are many different routes which can be taken to become a primary school teacher. For more information go to the government website:

Chepping View Primary Academy  SCITT (School-centred Initial Teacher Training) is a partnership providing teacher training for primary school teaching (ages 5 to 11 years). We are accredited by the DfE to run a one year training course, where the majority of the training is school-based in one of our partnership schools. Through this trainees learn from experienced, practising teachers and school leaders. They become involved in the life of the school and will be assigned a Teacher Tutor and School-based Mentor to support and help them through the training process. Trainees spend four days a week, on average, in their assigned school. During the year, they are placed in two different schools, to provide a wide experience. In addition, each trainee will work in up to three different year groups or classes.

Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT provides centre-based training most weeks, throughout the year. This is an opportunity for all trainees to get together to share their experiences as well as receive essential training on areas including planning, behaviour management, phonics and early reading, child protection, assessment, the teaching of writing, maths mastery and cognitive science. This will cover key priorities and is flexible, based on the needs of the trainees.

Being in school for the whole academic year will enable trainees to:

  • Observe expert practitioners on a daily basis
  • Develop and build upon subject knowledge
  • Observe how children develop and progress
  • Gain experience of assessment procedures
  • Refine classroom organisation (routines and rules)
  • Develop a range of behaviour management strategies
  • Learn how to communicate with parents/carers
  • Experience ALL aspects of a teaching role
  • Become fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one