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. You can check the exact details of individual courses on the UCAS teacher training site.
Training in a school 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.
To find out more, you can speak to a Teaching Line adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500.
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- 25 April 2015 AT 09:30
A taster session for men interested in primary school teaching to experience the primary curriculum in a class setting.London Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 08:30
Join us for a day – on any day between 27 April and 1 May – to experience school life and find out more about the School Direct programme.Killingworth Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 08:45
Find out if Secondary School Teaching may be for you. If you think you may want to become a secondary school teacher then join us to find out more. You will have an opportunity to experience the School in action, observe learning in your chosen subject area and talk to current trainees, teachers and learners.Coggeshall Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 15:30
Please drop into this event to discuss how to apply for school direct, how the course is run, funding avaliable, places within local schools. There will be opportunity to talk to course leaders. We are looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions.Nottingham Open