Our Teacher Training

What is a SCITT?

A SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) is a group of schools who have created a bespoke training programme. This is a route into teaching that has an emphasis on learning through experience of teaching. In SCITT training, you receive the best of both worlds, in that you combine practical experience in school with academic study. Essex and Thames SCITT is partnered with Anglia Ruskin University who accredit and quality assure our course. You will have access to their resources and facilities.

Where do I train?

All our courses are ‘hands-on’ training routes in two separate schools (120+ days total), supported by excellent theoretical training through lectures and assignments (70+ days). All of our lecturers are experienced educators who have experience of schools. Many are practising teachers in local schools.

I’m already working in a school – is there a quicker route?

The Assessment-Only route to QTS has been designed specifically for those graduates (employed on a teaching contract) who can demonstrate sufficient breadth and variety of experience in schools or other settings to enable them to meet all of the Teachers’ Standards, therefore they would not need to spend a year training to be a teacher on a conventional teacher training course and could qualify in as little as 6 weeks. Please contact us (link here) to discuss whether your experience is sufficient.

Can I train part time?

Yes. Part time courses are between four terms and two years in duration and are timetabled on a bespoke basis. The requirements remain the same that you must complete a total of 120 days in a school and attend 70+ lecture days provided. There is some flexibility, however, you must be aware that some lectures must be attended at certain times of the course, and at these times it is essential that you attend. For more information, please email our administration team who will be happy to discuss your circumstances.