The School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) route into teaching is exactly the same as School Direct Fee Funded. As a SCITT we work with local schools, equipped with skilled and experienced mentors to support SCITT trainees. The support trainees ‘receive from their mentor and from lead mentors is highly effective. Trainees receive valuable support from their mentors.’ (Ofsted 2018)

This is a very practical route into teaching, offering hands on teaching experience from the very beginning, that is supported and facilitated by fully qualified, practising teachers.

Through the SCITT  you will be supported by an experienced class based mentor to ensure you develop and grow into an outstanding teacher. In addition to this, the SCITT will also provide you with a Quality Assurance Tutor who will regularly visit you and provide constructive feedback and support. 

You will spend (on average) one day a week at centre based training, within Lincoln. All training is delivered by teachers from within our partnership schools, or national and local education consultants. The rest of your time you will spend within your ‘host’ school. An important part of the programme is your second school placement, which is guaranteed to take place within your locality, within a school that is contrasting to your host school. In addition to this, we also work with a number of special schools and PRU’s to provide you with a one week experience, to support your understanding of how to cater for children with additional needs.

The reason this course has a high employability rate is that the teaching, theory and development occurs within the school, as a result of working with children and teachers from day one.

Our programme will ensure you have experienced the full spectrum of life within a primary school and are therefore more prepared to undertake your NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year. Those who have undertaken school based routes are recognised as being more classroom ready by employers.

All trainees will be qualified to teach children aged 3-11. But you must choose a specialist age range to train within. Age ranges are: 3-7 or 5-11.

Are you more of a hands-on practical learner? If so, this is the route for you!


SCITT Core places

Financial Information

  • Course Fee £8,500 (QTS only);
  • Course Fee £9,250 (QTS + PGCE);
  • Student loans available;
  • Maintenance loans available (depending on circumstances).

Qualifications needed

  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, Maths & Science (or equivalent);
  • UK Degree (or equivalent; please enquire if you are unsure).

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