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What does SCITT stand for?

SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training. It is a type of teacher training course which is school based.  SCITT courses usually last ten months, lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and often include a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters level credits.

What do SCITT courses involve?

SCITT courses are based in schools meaning trainees learn whilst being immersed in a school environment and work with an expert mentor who is a qualified and experienced teacher. Trainees also attend training provided by their training provider who work closely with the school. Training can take place at the training provider’s base, in a trainee’s host school and in local partnership schools.

What courses does the Tommy Flowers SCITT offer?

At The Tommy Flowers SCITT, we offer courses for both primary and secondary trainees through various pathways. The most popular routes are the Tommy Flowers SCITT’s Tuition-Fee QTS or QTS with PGCE courses. For candidates who are experienced working in schools and have a school in place to employ them, at The Tommy Flowers SCITT, we also offer the Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship (PGTA) or the Salaried QTS (primary only) route. Candidates who have worked as unqualified teachers for at least two years, can apply for the Assessment Only route.

The Tommy Flowers SCITT offer primary teacher training in the 5-11 age phase or in the 3-7 age phase through our partner provider, Bedgrove Infant School in Aylesbury. Secondary teacher training is available in the following subjects: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, PE, Physics, Religious Educations and Social Sciences.

What qualifications do The Tommy Flowers SCITT courses lead to?

Successful completion of all our Tommy Flowers SCITT courses leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is the qualification required to teach in many UK schools and is awarded by the Department for Education.

For those taking courses which include the PGCE, successful completion of these also leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The PGCE is studied at level 7 of the Higher Education Framework and therefore is the equivalent of 60 credits which can be transferred to a Masters qualification.

Why choose a Tommy Flowers SCITT course?

At The Tommy Flowers SCITT, we pride ourselves on being a local, nurturing provider with a 100% employment rate following completion of our courses. Described by Ofsted in 2023 as being “a first-class programme” that is “second to none” we are passionate about supporting our trainees to “truly flourish”.

Our courses page has all the information about the different pathways we offer and if these are of interest to you, we look forward to hearing from you soon.