What is the Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE?

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE is a flexible, part-time/accelerated employment based Initial Teacher Training route that operates in Suffolk and Norfolk and beyond.  This innovative, school-led programme attracts a wide variety of graduates into the teaching profession, including those seeking a career change.  Many, though not all, of those who train via this route already have significant school experience.

Why choose Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE?

There are a number of specific reasons for choosing this particular route to train as a teacher:

  • In 2017-18, 72% of trainees qualified as ‘outstanding’.
  • In 2017-18, 96% of trainees secured teaching posts before completing the course.
  • The programme was rated by Ofsted as ‘good’ with outstanding leadership in June 2013.
  • The course offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with 60 Master’s Level credits (this may cost an additional £329) as well as Qualified Teacher Status.
  • The course provides school-based training supported by well-trained mentors who are good or outstanding teachers.
  • The centre-based training is provided by expert trainers – many of whom are serving teachers.
  • All trainees have a SCITT Tutor who is a member of the Primary SCITT staff. SCITT Tutors are in regular contact with their trainees and are always available for help and support.
  • Trainees undertake three extended placements in two contrasting schools to ensure a range and depth of experience.
  • Our employment-based route offers you the unique opportunity to earn a small salary (approximately £5000) as you train to teach.  There are no tuition fees.
  • ‘Hands-on’ Experience: As a Primary SCITT Salaried trainee you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a school from the start of the academic year and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn alongside experienced teachers.  Former trainees identify this as a particular strength: ‘On-the-job training is the best way to find out what works in practice’.  Ofsted inspectors identified trainees’ ‘confidence and authority in the classroom’ as a key strength of our provision.

How does the Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried programme operate?

Primary SCITT Salaried (flexible route) is an employment-based route into teaching supported by a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant.  

You will be employed by your placement school for two days each week and spend at least one day each week in central training. The remaining two days a week will be spent in school on an unpaid basis gaining further experience and fulfilling the course requirements for our flexible salaried programme. You will contribute to the cost of your training either by undertaking a limited teaching commitment each week or by providing some PPA cover within your placement school as you become more experienced.  Within your placement school you will gain further classroom experience by gradually taking over responsibility for additional lessons in the course of the year under the supervision of an experienced teacher.  Your timetable commitment in term three will be between 11 and 13 hours per week.

Click on finances to find out about salary and other financial aspects of the course.

Where will I train?

Central training:
Primary SCITT Salaried core and subject knowledge training will take place in Norwich or Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich depending on your home address.

Main Placement Schools:

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried has developed a strong partnership with more than 100 high achieving primary schools across the two counties. You will apply for a Primary SCITT Salaried place through one of our Lead Schools and you will normally be placed within a consortium school which is linked to this Lead School. We will seek to place you in a partnership school which is within a reasonable travelling time of your home address.  In your application, you will have the opportunity to identify a specific school where you would like to undertake your training. You do not, however, have to have strong links with a school in order to apply.
For a full list of partnership schools which have applied for Primary SCITT Salaried places, please click on Primary SCITT Salaried Lead Schools

Second School Experience:
Your main placement school will be your employer for the duration of the course. This school will release you for six weeks during term two in order to undertake a period of experience within a contrasting school

How will I be supported?

Each trainee has:

  • A School Mentor who is usually the class teacher. All mentors receive training from Primary SCITT Tuition staff in how to be highly supportive, whilst also challenging the trainees to become the best possible teachers they can be.
  • A SCITT Tutor who works for the programme. The SCITT Tutor will help the trainee to become highly reflective and analytical of their own practice. They will be the trainee’s advocate throughout a challenging year and help to develop their resilience and self-awareness.
  • The support of their training group. Trainees benefit hugely from the expertise each member of the group brings to training and from very strong support networks.

How will I be assessed?

  • Observations of your teaching by your School Mentor and SCITT Tutor.
  • Assignments (60 Master’s Level credits) – two written assignments and a presentation.
  • One to one tutorial support from your SCITT Tutor.
  • Portfolio of evidence for Teachers’ Standards.
  • In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will be assessed against parts one and two of the Teachers’ Standards. Please follow this link to access them: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards

What do former trainees say?

‘A fantastic course. My school placements have been great and I can’t wait to start my teaching career’

‘I was apprehensive about switching careers....but one year on I now know that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made’

‘I will start my new job in September confident, knowing who I am as a teacher and being ready to adapt to any circumstances’

‘The fantastic training and the opportunity to meet with friends every Thursday has kept me going.’

‘My SCITT Tutor has always been willing to go the extra mile in order to help me.’

What do Ofsted inspectors say?

‘Primary salaried trainees are confident practitioners with authority and presence in the classroom. Their lively and engaging teaching promotes pupils’ good behaviour and attitudes to learning.’

‘Trainees use a good range of teaching approaches to gain pupils’ interest and to develop their understanding and skills. They have good subject knowledge which they use well in planning lessons and learning activities. Their professional attitudes and behaviour, and enthusiasm for teaching, are highly regarded in their schools.’

‘The provider and the teachers it supplies, are held in very high regard across the region.'

-Ofsted June 2013.