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 full and part-time programmes will start in September 2020 and finish in the last week of June 2021 (full-time) or sometime in 2022 (part-time, dependent on timetable) 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 9th July and Friday 10th July 2020 so please don’t book a holiday or anything for those days if you’re planning to apply!

You can click here to view our 2019-2020 Calendar so you have an idea what our programme looks like. The 2020-2021 Calendar will be published in Spring 2020 but we expect it to look very similar to this year’s.

Part-time calendars are created in negotiation with the trainee and their placement school – please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.


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 YTCA SCITT Hub (based at Minsthorpe Community College). They consist of workshops led by practising 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 – we have our own little SCITT library. Your challenge is to read all the books 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.
  • Curriculum and Subject knowledge development – during the year, subject/primary specialists from our partner schools will deliver specific training in subject/primary 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 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 some school Induction Days and approximately 12 assessed teaching weeks. This is your opportunity to develop your core teaching skills.
  • Placement B consists of some school Induction Days and approximately 18 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 for trainees that are doing Post-16 or second subject. This will be short placement including some school Induction Days and approximately 6 teaching weeks. We will decide this based on your circumstances and needs. Click here for an example of this calendar.

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 (secondary trainees).
  • Two days in other educational settings. These might include visits to a Pupil Referral Unit, Special Needs schools/units, schools with specialisms, etc.

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.