What is the Primary Salaried PGCE programme?
- Our programme is a school centred teacher training course which awards successful trainees with
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters
credits (there will be an additional cost).
- We have been training teachers across Suffolk and Norfolk for over twenty years. This experience
ensures our training fully prepares each trainee to enter the teaching profession.
- This is an employment based route so you are employed by a school. You earn a salary
(approximately £13,000) as you train to teach. There are no tuition fees. We strongly advise
applicants to have a school in place that can support you, including paying your salary, before you
apply for this route as the school pays your salary. We strongly recommend that you put this
information about your supporting school in your personal statement on your application form.
What can we offer you as a trainee?
- 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. Your main placement will be in your employing
school and you will be released by your employing school for six weeks in the first half of the
spring term to have a placement in a contrasting school to ensure a range and depth of
experience. You can specialise in Early Years, Primary or SEND. As an Early Years trainee, you
undertake placements in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. In Primary your
placements are in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. With the SEND specialism you complete a
placement in a mainstream setting in the autumn term and in the spring and summer terms your
placement would be in your employing special setting.
- Whilst you are on placement you are supported by a SCITT Tutor and a mentor who is usually the
class teacher. They will help you become highly reflective and analytical of your own practice.
Tutors are in regular contact and are your advocate throughout a challenging year, helping you
develop resilience and self-awareness. All mentors receive training in how to be highly supportive,
whilst also challenging you to become the best possible teacher you can be.
- Your central training is provided by trainers who are experts in their field, many of whom are
practising teachers. You will have around 45 days of training and strong links are made between
the sessions and your time in school. We use a range of training centres for Professional Studies
and Subject Knowledge training. Currently, these training centres are at: Bawburgh Primary
School, Norwich, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, Thorpe High School, Norwich and Bungay Primary
School. You will have sessions focused on lesson planning, assessment, behaviour management
and SEND along with all the National Curriculum subjects and more layered throughout the
How do you obtain your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)?
We are in partnership with the University of Suffolk and the university validates and monitors our
PGCE programme and has done so for over six years. The PGCE elements of the programme are
integral to the existing Core Training sessions (there is an additional administration cost). You will be
expected to complete two assignments and a presentation to gain your PGCE and 60 Master credits
during your training year. We will fully support you in writing your Masters’ levels assignments. The
assignments take a practitioner approach towards your learning at Masters’ level. You will be asked
to write assignments which are based on your classroom practice and encourage you to engage with
small scale practitioner research. You will be enrolled as a student with the University of Suffolk so
will have access to their full range of library resources and other student support services.
The University of Suffolk has created a Masters course in Education Studies which you can complete
at a later stage in your teaching career as the 60 Masters’ credits you gain on our programme count
towards the 180 credits which are needed for a full Masters’ degree.
More details about the University of Suffolk Masters’ in Education Studies can be found here
Supporting your continuous professional learning
- We also encourage all of our trainees to become members of the Chartered College
of Teaching which is the professional body for teachers. Membership to the
Chartered College of Teaching is free for trainee teachers and we will introduce you
to how to become a member at induction at the end of August.
- All of our training is aimed at ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to start
in your teaching career in any future school of your choice.
- Our aim is for you to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in