Training Programme

This is a one year, full time SCITT training course running from September until early July. It will provide trainees with extensive, practical classroom experience and core training to support this, resulting in recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as a Primary School teacher for ages 3-7 and 5-11. Each partnership school has audited expertise in their school and has identified specific areas in which to support core training. These leaders are often senior staff members.

In addition, the University based element of the course, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), will give trainees the chance to develop understanding of the linked pedagogy.

The training programme is created and adapted to meet the needs of individual trainees, so that they build on their strengths and develop high quality professional knowledge, skills and understanding. Trainees will spend the majority of their time learning alongside the most experienced teachers in our partnership schools, supported by a Mentor.

Prior to starting the course, trainees will know which main placement school they will be training at and will visit the school and meet their Teacher Tutor and School-based Mentor.


Course Structure 

After interviewing, all successful candidates are invited to meet the Headteacher at a Partnership school and agree on a main placement class. During the summer term, prior to the start of training, all trainees attend an information afternoon and are able to meet each other. At this point, there is access to pre – course reading and preparation tasks to be completed over the summer.

During the Autumn term, trainees spend time in their main placement school, at core training and at Oxford Brookes University (optional). All trainees also get the opportunity to complete a short placement in an EYFS setting, a year 7 setting and a special school during the year. In the Spring term, all trainees move to a different school for a second placement and then return to their original main placement school in the Summer term.

All trainees must be able to travel between home, their main placement school and Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT centre.