School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

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If you’re a graduate who wants to qualify for teaching, one option is a full-time School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course.

How does it work?

Groups of primary or secondary schools are accredited by the Department for Education to run courses which lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition, training in some SCITT consortia can also lead to the award of a PGCE (validated by a higher education institution).

The principal advantage of a SCITT course is that it offers full-time ‘hands on’ training in at least two high quality schools, often, wherever possible, close to the your home. You get a personal mentor and exposure to the classroom environment virtually from day one of the course.

The SCITT Consortium provides all aspects of the course, including academic assessment, classroom observations, development of subject knowledge, delivery of theory and trainee support. External examiners and, if necessary, outside lecturers may be brought in to enhance the course provision.

The small print

You need GCSE passes at grade C or above in English and Mathematics (as well as Science for primary entrants) and a degree (or equivalent) will be expected. Some SCITT schemes, however, do offer equivalence tests for those who do not satisfy the GCSE requirements.

Please note that applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting their course. Please see the Get into Teaching website for further details about the tests and information about the amendments which come into effect on 14 February 2018.

How to apply

You have to make your applications for SCITT courses via UCAS Teacher Training. The individual consortiums can provide information about course content and specific entry requirements.

Contact Details for SCITT Schemes in Essex

Primary

Billericay Educational Consortium

Website: www.billericayscitt.com

Email: louise@billericayscitt.com

Tel: 01268 477611

Colchester Teacher Training Consortium

Website: www.colchesterttc.org.uk

Email: enquiries@colchesterttc.org.uk

Tel. 01206 364728

Essex and Thames Primary SCITT

Website: www.essexandthamesprimaryscitt.co.uk

Email: admin@thamesprimaryscitt.co.uk

Tel: 01268 570215

Essex Primary SCITT

Website: www.essexprimaryscitt.co.uk

Email: enquiries@essexprimaryscitt.co.uk

Tel. 07738 885759

Essex Teacher Training

Website: www.essexteachertraining.co.uk

Email: info@essexteachertraining.co.uk

Tel: 033301 39982

Forest Independent Primary Collegiate

Website: www.fipc.ac.uk

Email: soniaburnard@fipc.ac.uk

Tel: 020 8501 2089

Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT

Website: www.thpscitt.org

Email: scitt.lynnwalker@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 01255 509646

Secondary

Colchester Teacher Training Consortium

(Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, English (with Drama), Geography, History, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages (French), Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education)

Website: www.colchesterttc.org.uk

Email: enquiries@colchesterttc.org.uk

Tel: 01206 364728

Essex Teacher Training

Website: www.essexteachertraining.co.uk

Email: info@essexteachertraining.co.uk

Tel: 033301 39982

Mid Essex ITT

(Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, RE, Science (with Biology), Science (with Chemistry), Science (with Physics))

Website: www.midessexitt.com

Email: meitt@notleyhigh.com

Tel: 01376 556398

North Essex Teacher Training

(Art, Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics)

Website: www.coastalscitt.co.uk

Email: teach@coastalscitt.co.uk

Tel: 01255 431949