About the Courses & PGCE

Children at Dovelands primary school

`High Standards and a passion for improving outcomes for pupils permeate every aspect of the course.’ (OFSTED 2016)

Children’s education matters!  At the SCITT our core belief is that EVERY child is entitled to an excellent education, so every child is able to enjoy school, enjoy learning and  make very good progress academically.

This can only happen with great teachers and great schools. Every aspect of our course is designed and constantly reviewed, to support our trainee teachers in becoming such teachers.   Our Partnership Schools and the Course Management are absolutely committed to this fundamental principle and dedicate themselves to working with each individual trainee teacher to ensure they meet their potential.

Key elements of our SCITT and School Direct Courses

Teaching placements in 3 contrasting schools.

This maximises opportunities for each trainee to learn from best practice in different settings.  All our trainees are then able to make informed choices in applying for their first teaching posts, knowing what kind of school and teaching style appeals to them.  Our trainees complete training confident and fully prepared to work in a wide variety of schools, ready to serve diverse pupil populations.

Unrivalled support for trainees in school placements by their classteachers

The SCITT partnership knows trainees can only reach their potential if given exceptional support in placements. Teaching is about relationships; and the relationship between a trainee and their classteacher on placement is vitally important.  The trust and loyalty of headteachers and teachers in our partner schools, built up over the last 14 years, is a key strength of our training. The consistently high quality of support on placements, from dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, underpins our success, making us one of the very top teacher training providers in the country (The Good Teacher Training Guides).


An integral part of the courses is a full academic Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), with Masters Level credits, accredited by the University of Leicester.  This academic award is  equivalent in terms of academic credits, rigour and international recognition to a PGCE offered within many University led ITT course.   Trainees are recognised as students of the University, with full access to the library and all electronic learning and journals from the University. The PGCE award is recognised internationally and the SCITT has trained teachers who are now working in Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Spain.  On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

A SCITT trained teacher talks about her experience in training:

Central training in schools that is practical, engaging and very relevant.

The SCITT trainers, have been recommended as suitable trainers by some of the best headteachers in Leicester and Leicestershire. The trainers are leading experts in their fields, charismatic and passionate about making a difference in children’s lives. Our training includes working with exceptional teachers and their pupils, in a wide range of exceptional  partnership schools, so all trainees are exposed to best practice in teaching the foundation subjects, such as Art, PE and music, creatively and effectively. We want future pupils to love learning and our future teachers to love teaching!

A SCITT trained teacher talks about the central training:

Outstanding behaviour management training.

At the end of training our trainees’ skill in managing pupils’ behavior is consistently a key strength against the Teachers’ Standards as noted in our outstanding OFSTED report (2016).  Trainees receive specialist training from the behavior support service and schools that are highly successful in managing pupils from challenging backgrounds.  As a result, all trainees gain confidence in managing pupil behaviour early in training. A large number of our trainees choose to seek employment, as NQTs, in schools that serve areas of high socio-economic deprivation, confident that their skills can transform children’s and families’ lives.

Experience teaching and training in an Outstanding Special School

Over the course of the year a training module entitled ‘Meeting Individual Needs’ takes place in Ash Field Academy (an outstanding Special School and National Teaching School);  this training  is led by a Senior Leader from Ash field Academy.  All trainees have opportunities to work alongside pupils from the school and a number choose to opt for a final teaching placement in a special school as a result.

 For a FULL training timetable and to learn more about the SCITT please contact us by email, or phone (0116 254 3187) or attend one of our events. We welcome enquiries and visits to the SCITT and are always happy to offer advice/support  to University students and graduates interested in teaching.