The Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Tuition Two Year Part time Programme

What is involved?

The Secondary SCITT Tuition secondary programme offers a part time training route for a range of subjects. This route is directed particularly at career changers and will offer the opportunity to phase in your training combining it with other

We started the part time programme three years ago as we felt there was a need to support potential high quality trainees into teaching while they continued with their work and family commitments.

We want to encourage as many people into training as a teacher and as did not want only offering a full time course to be a barrier to potential applicants who had the aspiration to become a teacher but did not want to commit to the intensity of a full time ten month training programme.

The recruitment process onto the part time programme is the same as the full time trainees and if you are successful through the recruitment process then you will also be interviewed by a placement school who will be happy to support the training of part time trainees in their school.

The days of the week which you spend in school during your training year can be arranged between you and your placement school and as a SCITT provider, we ask that you attend all of the Core Training and Subject Knowledge days in Year 1 along with the full time trainees. Therefore, there will be some weeks during the first training year when your commitment to the programme will be more than the two days a week in school.

In Year 2,  you will be in school three days a week (agreed with your placement school) and that will be your main commitment to the programme apart from a few days spread throughout the training year when you will attend some personalized training days.

Deadlines for assignments and assessment points will be spread across the two years so you will not have the same deadlines as the full-time trainees which will help to make the training more manageable for you. 


How does it work?

On this route, you will be in school two days a week in Year 1 in your main placement school during term time. You will start Year 2 in your second placement school on three days a week and then return in January of Year 2 to your main placement school for three days a week. You will receive the same amount of SCITT Tutor visits as the full-time trainees as they will be spread across the two years. At the end of the two years of training you will gain QTS, PGCE and 60 Master's credits.

If you decide to train in a high priority or priority subject, then you will receive a bursary from the government paid to you across 20 months rather than the full time equivalent of 10 months. See more details of bursaries on our Finance page. The tuition fees for the programme are spread across two years and details of each year’s tuition fee can be found on our Finance page .

Why choose the Secondary SCITT Tuition Two Year programme?

  • A well supported and personalised programme into teaching in the classroom. The Secondary SCITT Tuition programme allows you to gain gradually the skills needed to have confidence in front of students and become a high quality early career teacher by the end of the training year.
  • A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (the same qualification that university-based providers award).
  • 60 Master’s level Credits – which help you on the path to gaining a Master’s qualification in your first five years of teaching.
  • A well supported and personalised programme into teaching in the classroom. The Secondary SCITT Tuition programme allows you to gain gradually the skills needed to have confidence in front of students and become a high quality early career teacher by the end of the training year.
  • Six day induction period- two days in June/July and a four day induction programme at the end of August where you will be introduced to your Personal Tutors who will work closely with you during your training year; receive your laptop which will be loaned to you for the two years and also the induction days will provide you with the opportunities to start build your important support network with other trainees.
  • Full participation in your placement school environment from the start of term in September. You are in school from the first day of term.
  • The benefit of experienced mentors and support staff in your placement school from the outset in September. You will be interviewed by your placement school as part of the recruitment process so your placement school will be expecting you on the first day of September. Visiting your placement school before the start of September helps to alleviate some of your anxieties as you know some information about the school and have had the opportunity to meet key staff at your placement school and have been reassured that they will offer you a high quality placement.
  • Regular communication from a network of SCITT Tutors who are external to your placement school. SCITT Tutors will visit you at least eight times across the two years.
  • Layers of support within school but also from the programme’s Personal Tutors and Subject Tutor, known as SCITT Tutors.
  • Specialised subject knowledge training delivered by experts for at least six days a year. *DT, PE and Science have additional days to cover the range of disciplines.
  • Extremely good employment prospects – many of our trainees are employed in local schools as there are many part time job opportunities available in schools.
  • High quality subject and core training delivered by practicing teachers and experts.
  • Core Training which is structured into six weekly blocks throughout the academic year, giving you the opportunity to reflect and discuss with other trainees about the application of the training into your teaching.
  • Experience of teaching in two schools – Year 1 in one school and start Year 2 in another school and then return to your Year 1 school in January of your second year.
  • This contrasting placement is essential to ensure that you ready to take on the challenges of starting a new school for your Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.

In which subjects can I train?

You can train with Secondary SCITT Tuition Part Time Programme in the following subjects for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (11 - 16) and (14-19)

  • Physics, Chemistry Maths, Computer Science and MFL
  • English, Geography*, History, Music, Biology, DT and RE

How will I be assessed?

  • In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will be assessed against parts one and two of the Teachers’ Standards.
  • All Secondary SCITT Tuition trainees are assessed across two consecutive key stages and secondary trainees are assessed in one main subject area.
  • Your School Mentor and SCITT Tutors will use their lesson observations of your teaching and their meetings with you to track your progress against the Teachers’ Standards. In addition to your teaching you will be supported in compiling a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards in full.
  • Your Subject Tutor will work with your School Mentor to conduct formal assessments of your teaching and portfolio at the various assessment points across the two years.
  • You will be required to submit three written assignments over the two years. All three assignments will be assessed at M Level. You will be also asked to submit a pre-course assignment which you can complete over the summer break before you start the course at the end of August.
Interview with Elie Ramsay, Part time Secondary SCITT trainee
Tell us a little about your background
I moved to the UK in 2002 from Canada, where I grew up and met my now-husband at University. I had just completed a degree in Biological Engineering and found a job at a big teaching hospital as their Medical Devices Trainer, providing on-the-job training for clinical staff. 

In time, after my second daughter was born, I resigned from my job to look after my children. We had also decided to leave London, where we were living, and settled in Ipswich.

As my children grew, I worked for our local church, setting up and running toddler groups and family support groups.
My third child was born in 2014, and last year I decided that I wanted to retrain for a new career.
Why did you decide to apply for teacher training?
I have always been interested in teacher training, but I couldn’t commit the time it would take because my husband works in a job with a long commute and I am
the primary caregiver for our children.

About a year ago, I was looking at the Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT website and noticed a part-time option as available. 

I phoned the SCITT office staff who were very helpful in giving me more details and helped me arrange school visits straight away and from that point on it all went
very quickly!
What advice would you give to someone considering part-time teacher training?
I have already encouraged quite a few people to consider teacher training and especially the part-time option. I have heard teachers comment how they wish
that it had been available when they did their training. I would say to go in with your eyes open – there is a lot of work (even as a part-time trainee!) and a
lot of responsibility given to you, but it is such a rewarding job and really worthwhile.