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School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)

Schools are taking on more control of teacher training. Networks of schools that have been approved to run school-centred courses are known as SCITTs. They provide practical, hands-on teacher training, delivered by experienced, practising teachers based in their own school or a school in their network. ‘SCITT’ is also a type of school-led course, similar to the non-salaried School Direct option.

SCITT courses generally last one year, and many include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits. It’s worth checking the exact details of individual courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site.

Training as part of a SCITT gives you the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’. You will benefit from working and learning every day in a school and getting an immediate insight into what teaching involves. 

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’ll be thrown straight into teaching classes before you’ve had a chance to find your feet. You’ll receive lots of intensive support and training from experienced teachers and mentors right from the start, and throughout your course. The school you’re with won’t ask you teach classes unsupported until they think you’re ready.

School-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction, and many SCITTs also offer School Direct courses – so there are plenty of school-led options all over England.

We are often asked questions about school-led training, and there are some misconceptions that arise frequently – find out more on our myth-busting page. To find out more, you can call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500.

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Find out about the support that you’ll receive on a School Direct course from both primary and secondary trainees. Transcript (PDF, 47KB)

Gaining practical, hands-on experience from the outset for me was the best way to learn.

Sarah Bower, SCITT trainee

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