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 (Fridays 19/01/18, 02/02/18, 23/02/18)
  • Workshops on `Understanding Pupil Learning’ designed to support applicants in preparing for interviews and reflecting more deeply on their experiences in schools (10/01/18, 02/02/18, 21/02/18)
  • Open evenings in Dovelands School and other partner Schools. (11/01/18, 15/01/18, 08/02/18, 26/02/18)
  • Open afternoons in schools, to spend time observing teachers at work with pupils (11/01/18, 22/01/18)
  • 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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SCITT or University based training?

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!

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017, used by the government to inform policy, also states: 

`Teachers trained in schools are more likely to become teachers than those trained in universities. Ninety per cent of the final-year trainees from school-centred teacher training entered teaching compared with 79% from university postgraduate courses and 74% from undergraduate courses. There were no universities among the 17 providers where all final-year trainees became teachers.’   

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’).
  • 7 of the top ten performing primary schools in Leicester and Leicestershire (including all of the Top 3! ) are in partnership with the SCITT (The Real Guide to Schools 2018). These schools offer placements to SCITT trainees and often employ SCITT trainees as NQTS.  In fact over 50% of the classteachers in three of these top performing schools have been SCITT trained.   Great schools train great teachers!  

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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Free personalised advice and support

Get into Teaching- Your future, their future!  Do you want to transform childen’s lives? Put yourself in the strongest possible position to make informed decisions for entry and perform well at interview by arranging an informal meeting with one of the SCITT Course Managers for personalised advice and support.   We welcome opportunities to support all potential applicants, including students still in their first and second years at University.

We offer :

  • information regarding the different routes into ITT (including University, SCITT and School Direct routes) and which routes might suit you best;
  • personalised advice regarding the next steps for YOU to take to successfully apply for ITT;
  • workshops to help you make the most of any pre-course experience in schools.  These workshops are specifically designed to provide excellent preparation for teacher training and ITT interview processes.
  • opportunities for suitable candidates to meet with and gain school experience alongside current SCITT trainees, NQTs and teachers in partnership schools.

Please contact the SCITT   by phone (0116 254 3187)  or email ( interested in any of the above.  Alternatively visit our Facebook events page to book attendance at one of our forthcoming events.





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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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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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SCITT Courses 2016/17

In 2016/17 the SCITT is offering both Early Primary (3-7yrs) and Primary ( 5-11yrs) courses.

The SCITT also works closely with 4 different National Teaching School Alliances (Oadby Launde Partnership – Launde School ; Leicester Teaching School alliance -Abbey Primary School;  STEP Teaching School alliance – The Merton Primary School; WELL Special School alliance- Ash Field Academy) to offer 4 parallel unsalaried School Direct courses.

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