What is a SCITT programme?
A SCITT programme is a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) which enables graduates to enter the teaching profession through a school-based route. SCITT providers are accredited to award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
What is a PGCE?
PGCE stands for a Postgraduate or Professional Certificate in Education.
By successfully training with Pimlico-London SCITT you would gain both a PGCE qualification as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
What are the funding options available?
Most of our courses are fee paying programmes. The course fees are £9,000.
Many trainees will be eligible for a tax-free bursary paid for by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). More information can be found here.
You don’t need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically by your chosen teacher training provider. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.
When does the course close for applications?
I qualified abroad, can I still join the course?
If your qualifications were gained outside the UK, you will need to request a NARIC ‘Statement of Comparability’. This will be able to confirm whether or not the qualifications you hold are equivalent to UK GCSEs and a Bachelor’s Degree. They will need to see a photocopy or scan of your current qualifications. You can apply online or by post. For more information, please visit the NARIC website.
Can I apply if I am still currently finishing my degree?
Yes, you may apply but any offer of a place would be conditional on you obtaining your degree at a 2:1 or above.
Can I apply if I am waiting for exam results for GCSEs?
You may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your GCSEs at Grade C.
What documentation will you need to see before I can join the course?
At either interview or induction stage, we will take copies of the following documents. Please ensure you are able to provide original copies of these documents when requested.
- GCSE Maths Certificate or Certified Statement of Results
- GCSE English Certificate or Certified Statement of Results
- (for Primary candidates only) GCSE Science Certificate or Certified Statement of Results;
- Degree certificate
- For all qualifications, we can only accept an original Certificate or Certified Statement of Results. Provisional statements of results (often issued alongside certificates on results day) or headed and signed letters will not be accepted. You can order duplicates from your exam board or university
- Confirmation of passing your numeracy and literacy Professional Skills Tests
- Any other relevant qualifications
- Proof of NI number
- Three different ID documents – as the acceptable ID documents often get updated we will send you the list prior to your induction
We will then process an Enhanced DBS Check (including Barred List and Prohibition Order checks), Occupational Health Questionnaires and gather your bank details for any bursary payments.
What will my teaching timetable look like?
You will be based in your placement school for four and a half days a week and attend a training afternoon at our training centre in Pimlico every Tuesday afternoon. Your holidays will follow the term dates of your placement school, however you may find it useful to spend this time working on any extra research/assignments you have been set during training.
Your weekly timetable will be decided at the discretion of your school. Different routes may have different timetable loading.
- School Direct Tuition Fee Route. All trainees will start on a small loading of (Core/KS3) lessons, usually six periods per week until the Christmas break, after which this usually increases to twelve lessons per week. This bespoke timetable will allow you to take full responsibility for your classes and add lessons more gradually after a period of observation and team teaching.
- Trainees on the Future Teach Scholarship, and TBAP route are expected to teach more from Term 1.
- Researchers in School/Now Teach, in year 1 will initially teach 6 periods in-line with their research/part-time days.
To reflect your status as a new professional who is just starting out in your teaching career, you will start with a reduced timetable and build up during the course of the year. The timetable will always allow for regular mentor meetings, collaborative working and observations of others.
Mentors will either be double-timetabled in your lessons or be liaising with your co-teachers to co-ordinate your weekly observations. Mentors and/or co-teachers have clear roles in your classroom to observe your teaching and take notes and to circulate the room and act as a teaching assistant.
How many hours of study will the training consist of?
The training programme will require the commitment equivalent to that of a serving full time teacher in terms of the length of school day, plus additional preparatory and academic work. The programme cannot be contained with a particular number of hours per week; you must expect to be on school site no later than 8:00am with most sessions running until 5:00pm during the week.
How is the course assessed?
Student teachers are assessed throughout the year through assignments and evidence collection, teaching observations and school placements. Three reports are generated in December, March and June to measure overall progress and set challenging targets for next steps.
How are trainees’ placement schools decided?
We place each trainee very carefully taking into account:
- Any relevant previous experience
- The requirements and wishes of the schools
- Prior connection with a school e.g. as a teaching assistant or former parent
- Ongoing connection with a school e.g. as a parent or governor
- Experience and personalities of the mentors available
When does the course start?
Our School Direct course starts on 1st September each year, however we run a compulsory two week induction period at the beginning of July. This is an important and invaluable training period in which you will be introduced to your mentors, fellow trainees and the basics of training.
If you accept a position with us, we recommend giving your current workplace advanced warning of the time off you may need to take for our induction period.
We are always here to help with any questions you might have and we look forward to hearing from you.