What is the Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT Tuition PGCE?

Primary SCITT Tuition PGCE is a highly successful School Centred Initial Teacher Training course which has been nationally recognised for its excellence*. Ofsted inspectors praised the ‘highly personalised training which is carefully tailored at every step to maximise trainees’ progress, and enhance their confidence and well-being’ and also recognised the ‘very high quality pastoral and academic support for trainees which results in outstanding outcomes.’ (Ofsted June 2013). The programme offers all trainees a real balance between classroom experience and the theory underpinning educational practice.

This is a student based route where trainees are supernumerary. Trainees begin by observing experienced teachers, then move on to teaching parts of lessons and full lessons but always with their mentor's support. This means that the trainee is at the very centre of a personalised learning journey where individuals receive a customised programme within a more defined structure.

*View the good practice resource 

Why choose the Primary SCITT Tuition PGCE?

  • In 2017-18, 71% 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 ‘outstanding’ for the second consecutive inspection in May 2013.
  • The programme has regularly been placed in the top ten nationally in the ‘Good Teacher Training Guide’ (Buckingham University).
  • The course offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with 60 Master’s Level credits 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 weekly 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.

How is the training organised?

  • The training follows the school year. Trainees spend about one third of the  year in centre receiving training and the other two thirds in school placements gaining practical experience.
  • Trainees gain experience in at least two schools in two consecutive key stages. Usually, trainees return to their term 1 placement for term 3. In term 2, they gain experience in a consecutive key stage in another school.
  • Centre training includes significant training in Maths, English and Science as well as Computing, the Foundation subjects, RE and more. Training in lesson planning, assessment and behaviour management is layered throughout the training year. 

Where will I train?

Trainees are registered as students at the University of Suffolk. We use two training centres for Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge training. One of these training centres is at University of Suffolk, Ipswich and the other is Keswick Hall, Norwich. We use schools in Suffolk and Norfolk for placements and trainees will not usually be expected to travel for more than 50 minutes to get to their placement – most will have a shorter journey.

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

How many places are available?

For 2019-2020, we will be able to recruit up to 75 trainees across Suffolk and Norfolk. 

Can I specialise?

Trainees choose to either specialise in Early Years or Key Stage 2 as well as the option to follow the General Primary route. Early Years trainees undertake their placements in the Early Years / Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 2 trainees undertake their placements in Upper and Lower Key Stage 2 and General Primary trainees undertake their placements in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Opportunity for School Experience 

If you are interested in gaining some experience in a primary school, schools which are in partnership with Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT offer opportunities for potential applicants to visit and have a taste of school life and answer your questions about teaching as a career.  The details are on our partnership page http://www.suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk/partnership 

What do former trainees say?

'I love the Primary SCITT Tuition course. The support you get is amazing and nothing is too much trouble for the trainers. There is a huge emphasis on 'on the job training' coupled with learning the theory and subject knowledge. This is done evenly throughout time spent in centre and school placements.  Everyone is so friendly and I would recommend this course to everybody.' (Former SCITT trainee)

'I'm really missing not being part of the SCITT family any more as I absolutely loved my time on the course…. I guess I can never say thank you enough to all of you for the support you gave last year. I feel truly blessed to have worked with you.' (Former SCITT trainee)

'I just wanted to say thank you so much - it has been brilliant.  You have managed to do what my previous profession could not achieve in goodness knows how many years.  I always felt that reflection was a negative process about oneself.  As a result, I hated having to do it and was no good at it.  You have really opened my eyes. An epiphany at the age of 48. Well better late than never!!!' (Former SCITT Trainee)

What do Ofsted inspectors say?

‘Trainees are overwhelmingly positive about every aspect of the course. All of those spoken to by inspectors had chosen the SCITT as a result of careful research or recommendation. All said without hesitation that they would strongly recommend the SCITT as a good place to train and many have already recommended it to family and friends.’

‘As a result of the high quality of training and excellent preparation to teach, career progression is often rapid with a high proportion of recently and even newly qualified teachers assuming additional responsibility as leaders of literacy or numeracy or phase leaders.’

‘SCITT trained NQTs are highly valued by headteachers who say that the high quality training NQTs have received prepares them exceptionally well for a career in teaching. SCITT trained teachers are very well prepared to assume positions of responsibility at an early stage of their career.’

-Ofsted (June 2013).