What is the Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE?

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE is an 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 2018-2019  95% of trainees secured teaching posts before completing the course.
  • The course offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with 60 Master’s Level credits (there will be an additional cost) 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 salary (approximately £13,000) as you train to teach.  There are no tuition fees. You must have the support of a school who is able to make a significant contribution towards your salary. 
  • ‘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’.  

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

Primary SCITT Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching supported by a Department for Education grant.  

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

Where will I train?

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

Main Placement Schools:

As a SCITT, we strongly advise applicants to have a school in place that can support you, including paying your salary, before you apply.  The school would need to contribute around £9000 to your salary costs. We strongly recommend that you put this information about your supporting school in your personal statement on your UCAS application form. 

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  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.’