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School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)

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, with many including a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits.

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

But this doesn’t mean you’ll be teaching classes before you’ve had a chance to find your feet. You’ll have an extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors on hand to help you throughout your course. The school you’re with won’t ask you teach classes unsupported until they think you’re ready.

Other school-led routes

There are plenty of school-led options all over England, with many SCITTs also offering School Direct courses. Alternatively, you could earn a salary on School Direct (salaried) or with Teach First.

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