Apprenticeships, School Direct, SCITT, PGCE, Teach First, QTS – what does it all mean?
In the last decade, there has been an explosion in the different routes available for budding teachers. To choose the right pathway for you, you first have to decide upon your priorities. The Tommy Flowers SCITT only offers post-graduate programmes (the most common route), but many universities offer an undergraduate teaching qualification (BEd) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as found on the Get Into Teaching website.
For those who already have a Bachelor’s degree, the choice is between a university-led programme or a school-based programme. A university Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course will typically offer two placements in schools, totalling 120 days. The rest of the course is spent at university receiving lectures and workshops about the skills of teaching. This contrasts with the school-centred routes (SCITT and School Direct) where trainee teachers will benefit from greater hands-on experience. With the Tommy Flowers SCITT, trainees spend four days in a Milton Keynes placement school and a fifth day training with experts from across the city. As a result, the trainees get a feel for life in the classroom across the whole academic year, from settling a new class in September through Christmas nativities to GCSE exams at the end of the year.