SCITT Open Events to explore SCITT and School Direct options

There is such a wide range of options available in entering teacher training that it can be confusing to know which option is right for you.

This is why the SCITT run regular, free open events so you can meet the SCITT team, find out the differences between the providers and routes in and ask all your questions.

You can register for these events here

If you need further information, please call the SCITT office on 0116 2543187

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Twilight Information Sessions launched

If you are looking to take the first steps in your application to the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT then now is a great time to attend one of our Twilight Information Sessions.

These will take place throughout the year at one of our two bases and will be run by Scitt Course Management.  We are aiming to run these on both Saturday mornings and weekday evenings.

The first of these will be held at Christ the King Catholic Primary School – Infant Site on Thursday 27th October from 5pm – 7pm.  On site parking is available. This site is opposite West Gate Special School – please be mindful to use the post code LE3 6DG for your Sat Nav (not LE3 6DF – this will take you to the Junior Site down the road.)  Use the first link below to see Christ the King Catholic School – Infant Site below

Dovelands Primary School on Thursday 11th October from 6pm-8pm.  Street parking is available.  Use the second link below to see Dovelands Primary School on Google Maps.

These will be informal evenings where you can learn more about the structure of the course, how school placements work and get advice on completing your application form.  We’ll answer all those burning questions you have about teacher training and go through the application and interview process.

You can contact Victoria in the SCITT office to book your place by calling 01162 543 187 or emailing or complete the contact form below,-1.179145,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487742ab49b76c73:0x9a151d2a6fb49cb8!8m2!3d52.6368134!4d-1.1398315,-1.1677747,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487742ab49b76c73:0x9a151d2a6fb49cb8!8m2!3d52.6368134!4d-1.1398315?hl=en


Christ the King

Glenfield Road




Dovelands Primary School

Hinckley Road



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Come and talk to the SCITT team!

The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT team will be in attendance at the University of Leicester Routes into Teaching event this Saturday 15th September. (10:30am – 12noon)

The event is a great way to find out about the different options and routes to teaching to see what would suit you best.  You are sure of a warm welcome on the SCITT stand and friendly advice on taking the next steps into a teaching career.

Follow this link to find all the information and how to register:


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Wonderful news!  Your opportunity to shapes children’s lives can start today!
If you are considering a future in teaching, the UCAS website to apply for Teacher Training courses, to start in late August 2019, is now open.  This is the official site to register your application to join the SCITT.
However, there are many avenues to join teaching training and it can prove confusing.  Feel free to call the office on 0116 2543 187 or email us for assistance.  Better still, come along to one of our free information sessions (book via the link below) for personalised support and information to feel totally confident about the application process.

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TOP Ten Primary Schools in Leicestershire Revealed

7 of the Top 10 Primary Schools in Leicestershire (including the TOP 3) are part of the SCITT partnership, offering SCITT student placements and employing SCITT NQTs. (The Real Schools Guide 2018).  

The Full Top 10

1. Christ The King Catholic Primary School – Leicester

(67% of the class teachers trained by the SCITT; dedicated SCITT training base on site; Headteacher on the SCITT Management Board; proud to be a key partner school of the SCITT)

2. Northfield House Primary Academy – Leicester

(Part of the highly successful RMET academy trust, proud to be working in close partnership with the SCITT. A headteacher from the trust is part of the SCITT Management Board. The RMET academy trust schools employ a number of SCITT trained NQTs each year))

3. Shenton Primary School – Leicester

(Offers SCITT student placements each year)

4. Frisby Church of England Primary School – Frisby on the Wreake

5. Inglehurst Junior School – Leicester

(Proud to be a SCITT partnership school. Offers student placements each year and employs a number of SCITT trained teachers)

6. Parks Primary School – Leicester

(Winner of the Leicester Mercury `School of The Year’ Award in both 2015 and 2016 – a beacon of excellence in an area of high socio-economic deprivation, achieving excellent SATS results year after year;   Over 50% of the classteachers in this outstanding school were trained by the SCITT; All trainees experience working alongside teachers in this school to learn about best practice; proud to be a key partner school of the SCITT, the Headteacher is a member of the SCITT Management Board

7. Holywell Primary School – Loughborough

8. Sandfield Close Primary School – Leicester

(Winner of the National STEM Primary School of the Year 2017 award for its Primary Science. The science subject leader, Sarah Eames, has worked alongside Brian Cox and Tim Peake with her pupils. The SCITT is delighted that Sarah leads science training sessions for all our student teachers in the school’s specialist science rooms.)

9. Dovelands Primary School – Leicester

(The SCITT offices and a training base are on site; over 50% of the classteachers were trained by the SCITT; the school is proud to be part of the exceptional training provided by the SCITT; the Headteacher is part of the SCITT Management Board.)

 10. Loughborough Church of England Primary School, Loughborough


Damien Hinds, the Minister of Education, stated in Feb 2018:

`There can be no great schools without great teachers…to motivate children, to make knowledge meaningful, to inspire curiosity. The quality of teaching matters more than anything else; and it matters even more for disadvantaged pupils.’

The SCITT partnership of schools whole-heartedly agrees with this statement and knows great schools are needed to train great teachers.

With more than 50% of the class teachers currently teaching in 3 of the top 10 primary schools in Leicestershire having been trained by the SCITT, the partnership has strong evidence of the very positive impact the SCITT programmes and teachers are having on children in Leicester and Leicestershire Schools and beyond.  

The SCITT partnership schools want to recruit and train more teachers for our partnership and beyond. Contact us now for further details/advice or apply through UCAS!


The Good Teacher Training guide 2017

According to the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017,  The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT is ranked 5th in the Top Ten primary ITT providers NATIONALLY.  It is the `best’ primary training provider in the East Midlands!


Why train with the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT? 

  • Consistently ranked in the government NQT survey in the TOP 5 Initial Teacher Training providers
  • Consistently ranked in the Top 10 ITT providers nationally ( in annual `Good Teacher Training Guides’)
  • Full PGCE, with masters credits, awarded as part of the course
  • OFSTED grade `Outstanding’ in all inspections since 2009
  • 100% employment of trainees gaining QTS in the last 3 years
  • EVERY trainee ever trained in the SCITT has rated the overall quality as training as `good’ or better (more than 95% of trainees have graded the quality of training as `very good’).

Thinking about primary teacher training  in Leicester?  Visit our Facebook page to read reviews and see videos from current SCITT trainees and teachers, regarding their experiences on the SCITT.  

Phone the SCITT (0116 254 3187) for friendly, informal advice and support or to ask to meet one of trainees or SCITT trained teachers.

Graduate Learning Support Assistants

If you are not sure if you are ready to commit to postgraduate teacher training just yet, the SCITT family of schools are always interested in recruiting graduates as Learning Support Assistants.  This could be an ideal opportunity to find out if teaching is for you, whilst earning money and using your life to make a positive difference to children’s lives. 

Email the SCITT if you are a graduate interested in employment as a member of support staff in one of the SCITT’s 70 partnership schools. 

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Top Primary Teacher Training in the East Midlands.

Make the very best start to your teaching career by contacting or visiting the SCITT to find out why we are consistently rated the TOP primary Initial Teacher Training provider in the East Midlands (The Good Teacher Training Guide).  OFSTED outstanding since 2009, we offer high quality support to potential applicants from the very outset.   We give individualised advice and tailored support to all potential applicants including:

  • informal drop in sessions in term time
  • Workshops on `Understanding Pupil Learning’ designed to support applicants in preparing for interviews and reflecting more deeply on their experiences in schools
  • Open evenings in Dovelands School and other partner Schools.
  • Open afternoons in schools, to spend time observing teachers at work with pupils
  • School experience opportunities, with expert teachers, focused on developing applicants’ skills  in reflecting  first hand on the rewards, skills and challenges of teaching and whether this is the right career for them. (arranged individually with potential applicants and schools)

Visit our Facebook events for further details and bookings to all above events. Alternatively, email ( ) or phone the SCITT (0116 254 3187) to access expert advice and find out your best next steps to becoming the teacher you want to be!

Our School Direct routes are run in partnership with FOUR National Teaching School alliances:

  • Oadby Launde Partnership (OLP) Teaching School Alliance;
  • Syston  and Thurmaston Educational Partnership (STEP) Teaching School alliance;
  • Ash Field Academy Teaching School alliance (Special Education);
  • Abbey Teaching School;
  • Christ the King RC School partnership  (a faith based partnership of schools).

All these SD alliances are able to welcome visits from interested applicants, arranged through the SCITT.


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Rated Top Primary PGCE Provision in England for Quality

The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT are delighted to be rated the No 1 Primary provider nationally for `Quality of Provision’ (p.16)  in the prestigious `Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 ‘ (Smithers and Coughlan, 2016)

This guide researches and analyses data from all University and SCITT providers in the country to make direct comparisons of the different providers and routes (SCITT, school direct and University) in Initial Teacher Training (ITT).   The guide aims to provide useful research and information for all stakeholders, including  applicants and the government, regarding the state of ITT provision at both a national and local level.


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Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT teacher in action

Outstanding OFSTED Nov 2015

OFSTED are unstinting in their praise of the SCITT partnership. The SCITT have received the highest possible grades  for all aspects of its Early Primary and Primary courses. OFSTED write:

`The course leader and deputy course leader have created a culture where high standards and a passion for improving outcomes for pupils permeate every aspect of the course …  Their leadership has been instrumental in ensuring the partnership has maintained its high standards and excellent quality of training since the previous inspection (‘Outstanding’ OFSTED 2008/09) and has also improved upon them.’

`As a result of the progress trainees make, many trainees receive offers of employment well before the end of their course. Overall employment rates are high. Every trainee seeking employment for the last three years has been employed by the end of his or her training. In Leicester, the demand for Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT trainees outstrips the supply. Headteachers spoken with during the inspection repeatedly said trainees were sought after because of their high levels of subject knowledge, their professionalism, and their understanding of how pupils learn. This is evident in the confident and competent newly qualified teachers seen in schools.’

‘Trainees and former trainees are ambitious to make a difference quickly. Many former trainees rise rapidly to positions of leadership within their schools due to the quality of their preparation for teaching.’

 `Headteachers from both partnership and non-partnerships schools said the reason they employed SCITT trainees was the quality of their knowledge and understanding of teaching at interview.’

 `Trainees and former trainees managed pupils’ behaviour exceptionally well. In every classroom visited, positive climates for learning promoted pupils’ confidence to ‘have a go’. In an early years classroom, very young children spontaneously applauded a child who had succeeded in his learning. This mutual respect and celebration was mirrored in many classrooms visited.’

`Outstanding school and centre-based training ensures that trainees move seamlessly into their roles as newly qualified teachers. A wide variety of further training and support for former trainees supports them to develop their new roles quickly.’

`Trainees and former trainees demonstrate strong professional and personal attributes that make them greatly sought after by schools.’

`The impact of the support from highly skilled and committed course tutors, SCITT mentors, and the rigorous systems for checking the progress of trainees is evident in the confident and competent newly qualified teachers seen in schools.

 `Course leaders know their trainees very well. There is a strong sense of ‘family’ within the SCITT. Leaders are aware not only of the intellectual needs but also the personal needs of trainees. As a result, trainees’ placements are well crafted to suit their learning needs. Course leaders respond rapidly to any difficulties that arise and resolve them immediately. Many headteachers commented on the commitment and care that course leaders show to trainees in order for them to achieve and achieve well. As a result, trainees complete their courses and find employment quickly.’

 `Every stakeholder spoken with during the inspection expressed the same view that the quality of the centre-based training meant trainees and former trainees displayed confidence and a secure understanding of how to support pupils in key subjects.’

 ‘Partnership schools provide high-quality training environments. All trainees and former trainees spoken with felt that the variety of placements offered by the partnership strengthened their understanding of schools in very different socio-economic circumstances. As a result, trainees and formers trainees moved between their placements and employment easily.’

`One school mentor commented that she had to keep reminding herself that the NQT was only in her first year of teaching because of how quickly she adapted to the new school and showed proficiency in the classroom.’

‘Headteachers say trainees are well prepared to teach phonics, reading, and writing. This is because of subject tutors’ outstanding subject knowledge and current school practice. Tutors carefully check the progress of trainees and offer further bespoke training to those trainees who need support. In teaching observed, trainees and former trainees demonstrated excellent subject knowledge of phonics. The impact of this was clearly seen in the good progress pupils were making in learning to read and write. Every stakeholder spoken with during the inspection expressed the same view that the quality of the centre-based training meant trainees and former trainees displayed confidence and a secure understanding of how to support pupils in these key subjects.’

 ‘A particularly strong response in the NQT survey demonstrates overwhelmingly that former trainees feel confident to teach phonics, English, and mathematics. Former trainees also feel strongly that they are able to reflect on the progress of pupils and meet their needs.’

 ‘Engagement of partnership schools is high and all stakeholders see the benefit of the high-quality training in their schools through improved outcomes for pupils.’

‘Trainees and former trainees are exceptionally well prepared to contribute to the wider life of their schools. That trainees willingly take part in clubs and other school activities is noteworthy. Former trainees are already contributing to the development of pupils’ assessment and the curriculum in their new schools.’

 ‘Trainees and former trainees are ambitious to make a difference quickly. Many former trainees rise rapidly to positions of leadership within their schools due to the quality of their preparation for teaching.’

 `The overall effectiveness of Leicester and Leicestershire ITE partnership is outstanding. The commitment and determination of both course leaders and partnership schools to seek out and train high-calibre teachers of the future are evident in every aspect of the SCITT’s work.’


If YOU :

  • are passionate about improving outcomes for pupils and making a real difference to children’s lives right from the start of your career;
  • want the best possible training in behaviour management, phonics, reading and writing, and mathematics;
  • wish to end training with an excellent understanding of teaching and learning in primary schools, prized by headteachers;
  • are interested in understanding and exploring the challenges and rewards teachers face in a diverse selection of schools;
  • would like training that provides excellent preparation for leadership roles early in your career;
  • look forward to being in a workplace with a  strong sense of community and `family’ ,where management show real commitment and care to ensuring all achieve their full potential; 

Then contact the SCITT  NOW to speak to the course management (0116 254 3187) for further information and advice, or apply through UCAS teacher training website.  Places are still available on both the Early Primary and Primary routes for the SCITT and all our School Direct routes.

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