SCITT Programme

The SCITT Programme is a rigorous and practical route leading to the award of QTS. The mixture of experiential and academic learning are matched by excellent pastoral care and Masters’ level work delivered in tandem with our university partner, Sheffield Hallam University.

The programme requires trainees to develop a wide range of teaching skills, to reflect on their practice, and to demonstrate from the evidence of their school and other training experiences that they meet the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards.

The training programme will normally last for one school year.

The next programme will start in the first week of September 2019 and finish in the last week of June 2020 for those trainees that meet the Teachers’ Standards.


There will be two Induction Days where all trainees come together to meet the team, their peers and mentors. These will be on Thursday 11th July and Friday 12th July 2019 so please don’t book a holiday or anything for those days if you’re planning to apply!


The SCITT Training Programme is designed to cover the core curriculum for Initial Teacher Training so that trainees develop high quality professional knowledge, skills and understanding.

This takes the form of "Hub Days" at the Training and Conference Centre. They consist of workshops led by practicing teachers who are expert practitioners and are designed to develop strategies and skills for the classroom as well as opportunities to network with other trainees and reflect on practice.

Hub Days include:

  • Show and tell sessions – to share something that has worked well, a challenge or good resource.
  • Book club – trainees will each be given a different book at the start of placement. Their challenge is to read them all before the end of the year!
  • Reading time – to read your Book Club book, research for your PGCE assignments or another topic of interest to you.
  • Subject knowledge development – during the year, subject specialists from our partner schools will come in to deliver specific training in subject groups.
  • Portfolio and Final Assessment support – at points during the year trainees will receive guidance and support to develop their evidence base to show they have met the Teachers’ Standards.

The full training programme for 2018-2019 can be viewed by clicking here.

The Hub days are supplemented by:

  • Pre-reading – to develop your pedagogical knowledge to apply to the classroom.
  • School-based tasks – these are set before or after a training workshop so that learning can be applied practically to your teaching practice. They are designed to strengthen teaching, pedagogy, subject knowledge and understanding of child development.
  • In school training – partner schools deliver their own Continual Professional Development programmes whilst you are on placement. Some of these are specifically for trainees and others might include the wider staff body.


The placements you complete during your training year will give you a breadth of experience and provide a range of opportunities for you to demonstrate you have met all the Teachers’ Standards.

The SCITT currently operates an "ABX" placement model.

  • Placement A consists of 4 school orientation days and 12 assessed teaching week. This is your opportunity to develop your core teaching skills.
  • Placement B consists of 4 school orientation days and 6 teaching weeks. You will be placed in a contrasting school so you can experience different things and develop your skills in different areas.
  • Placement X is left open for us to decide nearer the time based on your circumstances and needs. This either consists of 4 school orientation days and 11 teaching weeks, or 12 teaching weeks if you return to a school you have already worked in.

We also have time set aside for Enrichment Experiences which include:

  • Two days in a KS2 setting (secondary trainees) or two days in an Early Years setting (primary trainees).
  • Two days in a KS5 setting (secondary trainees) or two days in a KS3 setting (primary trainees).
  • Four days in other educational settings. These might include visits to a Pupil Referral Unit, Special Needs schools/units, schools with specialisms, etc.

You can click here to view our 2018-2019 Calendar so you have an idea what our programme looks like. The 2019-2020 Calendar will be published in Spring 2019.

PGCE in Primary and Secondary Education

Trainees will complete Masters’ level work a PGCE in Primary and Secondary Education with Sheffield Hallam University. There will be four taught days by the university tutors and you will complete two modules during the year including reflection on pedagogical approaches and exploring professional development through collaborative enquiry.